Shahzad wastes little time
Two hostile spells from Yorkshire paceman Ajmal Shahzad reduced Warwickshire to 53 for four after being put in to bat on a rain-hit opening day in the LV= County Championship at Scarborough.
Both teams are looking for a victory in order to get away from the relegation zone and the bowling point which seventh-placed Yorkshire took from yesterday’s 22 overs left them just one point adrift of their opponents.
With Tim Bresnan in England’s one-day squad, along with Yorkshire team-mate, Adil Rashid, Shahzad was given a rare chance to share the new ball with Matthew Hoggard and he made an immediate impact when the game started an hour late.
He had Ian Westwood caught by Joe Sayers at second slip in his first over.
Ian Bell soon took a couple of boundaries off Shahzad and Ant Botha struck fours on either side of the wicket against Hoggard before Deon Kruis replaced Shahzad after he had bowled only three overs from the Pavilion End.
It was a shrewd bowling change, though, because Kruis produced a full-length ball which knocked back Botha’s off-stump to leave Warwickshire on 28 for two.
They would have lost another wicket to the first ball following a short break if Sayers had held on to a fast catch from Bell off Hoggard.
Shahzad soon returned to the attack to take over from Hoggard and he got rid of the dangerous looking Bell for 23 with a beautiful delivery which nipped back and brushed the off-bail as the England batsman offered no stroke.
It was inspired bowling by Shahzad, who then found the edge of Jim Troughton’s bat for Jonathan Bairstow to fasten on to a low catch at third slip.
Warwickshire limped in to lunch on 53 for four with Shahzad in his two spells boasting figures of 3-19 in six overs.
After getting in more cricket than expected during the morning session, the rain set in at the interval and although it dried up later in the afternoon the light never improved sufficiently for play to restart.