Warwickshire in a Wright mess

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Damien Wright

Experienced Australian seam bowler Damien Wright was Warwickshire's chief tormentor at New Road with impressive figures of 5-62

Worcestershire paceman Damien Wright claimed 5-62 to help dismiss Warwickshire for 201 in Division One of the LV= County Championship at New Road.

The 35-year-old Australian was backed up by Gareth Andrew, who claimed 3-45, to skittle the visitors in 59 overs.

At the close Worcestershire’s reply stood at 155 for two following a century stand between openers James Cameron and Daryl Mitchell, who made 56 and 43 respectively.

Warwickshire, after being put in on a tricky pitch, were brought back down to earth after scoring 642 at Taunton last week, which led to a record innings and 382-run victory over Somerset.

Worcestershire used their seam bowlers to good effect in the favourable conditions and reduced the visitors to 85 for four by lunch.

Wright made the initial breakthrough by producing a delivery which nipped back sharply to dismiss Ian Westwood.

He struck again shortly afterwards to remove Will Porterfield thanks to a comfortable catch at short mid-off by Cameron.

Mohammad Yousuf, on his Warwickshire debut, then became a slip victim for skipper Daryl Mitchell off Matt Mason, who was making his 100th first-class appearance.

It left Warwickshire 32 for three, although Varun Chopra and his captain Jim Troughton brightened the picture slightly by putting on 41.

Their partnership spanned 11 overs before Chopra missed a straight low delivery from Andrew and was trapped lbw for 33, which included a couple of hefty sixes and four fours.

Warwickshire pushed their tally into three figures shortly after lunch with Troughton and Rikki Clarke completing a half-century stand in 17 overs.

Troughton made 33 before falling to a super one-handed diving catch in the gully by Wright, who held onto the ball at the second attempt. It enabled paceman Alan Richardson to pick up his first wicket in the match against his former county.

Wright was centre of attention again soon afterwards when he tempted Clarke into offering a smart two-handed, diving catch low down at second slip for 34.

Andrew ripped out Richard Johnson and Ant Botha in the space of five balls and Wright accounted for Andy Miller before Chris Woakes, on 23, was put down on the square-leg boundary by Matt Pardoe off Andrew.

The escape allowed Woakes to top score with 47 not out from 52 balls and, despite having to contend with a sprained wrist, he put on 42 with Boyd Rankin who eventually became Wright’s fifth scalp.

Openers Mitchell and Cameron capitalised on Wright’s efforts by putting on 101 in 21 overs before Rankin had Cameron caught behind and Clarke snared Mitchell.

Vikram Solanki and Moeen Ali, who signed a new two-year contract this week, were unbeaten on 13 and 25 respectively.

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