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    Yorkshire's Ben Coad impresses again

    Ben Coad bowls White Rose into ascendancy on opening day at Warwickshire

    The impressive depth to Yorkshire's seam department resonated in the Edgbaston gloom as Ben Coad bowled the White Rose into the ascendancy on the opening day against Warwickshire.

    Yorkshire arrived at Edgbaston still without injured front-line seamers Jack Brooks, Ryan Sidebottom and Liam Plunkett. But captain Gary Ballance happily took up the option to bowl first and Coad led the dismantling of the home side's top and middle order.

    Highlights: Warwickshire v Yorkshire - Day 1

    Yorkshire's Ben Coad impresses again.

    The 23-year-old, playing only his fifth first-class match, followed up his six for 37 against Hampshire at Headingley last week with four for 47 as Warwickshire made 152 for eight.

    Coad had this to say: "It's coming out well for me. I'm just happy to be putting into practice all the work I did during the winter. It was good to get Jonathan Trott out. He was one of the ones, him and Bell, the two big names that I wanted.

    For the home side it was another worrying day. Having taken just a single point from their opening game against Surrey at The Oval, where they were bowled out in the first innings for 91, the Bears were in danger of coming in under 100 again at 77 for seven before Keith Barker (33 not out, 58 balls) and Jeetan Patel (36, 30 balls) counter-attacked.

    Yorkshire, who also lost their opening game last week, welcomed David Willey back into their bowling attack but it was Coad who inflicted serious early damage with a burst of three for 12 in his first eight overs.

    He removed William Porterfield, caught by Ballance at mid-off and Alex Mellor via a catch by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd before trapping Jonathan Trott lbw.

    Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson constitute a high-class pair of change bowlers and both struck quickly, the former trapping Sam Hain and the latter luring Ian Bell into a drive which he edged to the wicketkeeper. When, just after lunch, Patterson had Tim Ambrose caught behind and Coad trapped Rikki Clarke lbw, Warwickshire were 77 for seven but Patel and Barker built a run-a-ball half-century partnership.

    The counter-attack proved effective, Patel hoisting Coad over mid-wicket for six, before it was first halted by rain and then terminated in the second over after the resumption when the New Zealander was bowled by an Adil Rashid googly.

    Barker and Chris Wright added an unbroken 20 to preserve Warwickshire's hopes of harvesting their first batting point of this season. But too many of their colleagues had, like Hampshire's batsmen last week, failed to crack the Coad.

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