County Championship: Super Sidebottom tears through Bears

Yorkshire's players celebrate another Ryan Sidebottom scalp at Edgbaston
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (close, day two)
Yorkshire 213& 125-1: Rhodes 53no
Warwickshire 69: Clarke 28, Sidebottom 6-34, Brooks 3-14
Yorkshire lead by 269 runs with nine second innings wickets standing
Yorkshire 4 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Ryan Sidebottom rolled back the years to claim a season's best 6-34 as champions Yorkshire seized control against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The home side were already in trouble whens they resumed on 11-2.

But 37-year-old Sidebottom (6-34) and Jack Brooks (3-10) caused havoc as the hosts were bowled out for 69, losing five wickets at one stage for no runs.

After a brief rain break, Yorkshire reached 125-1 by the close of play with opener Will Rhodes 53 not out.

Going quackers
The Bears' six ducks in an innings equalled an unwanted county record for most in an innings. The six who failed to trouble the scorers were Varun Chopra and nightwatchman Chris Wright on Sunday evening, Sam Hain, in his first game in two months, Pete McKay, Jeetan Patel & Boyd Rankin.

Just nine balls were possible in the morning session before Warwickshire - batting record breakers last week - were shattered by losing five wickets in 29 balls as they slid from 29-2 to 35-8.

It was high-class fast bowling from the Yorkshire pair, although they did get some help, with Ian Westwood offering no shot to a Sidebottom delivery which hit off-stump, just as Chopra had done the previous evening.

When Sidebottom bowled Laurie Evans then removed youngsters Peter McKay and Sam Hain, he had the first six wickets but his aspirations to an 'all-10' ended when Brooks forced Jonathan Trott to edge into the slips.

Bad news day for Bears . . .
While the Bears were trying to dampen out Yorkshire's fire at Edgbaston, their second XI's scheduled Championship match against MCC Universities at Oxford in The Parks was cancelled due to fire damage to the pavilion. England all-rounder Chris Woakes, on his way back from knee surgery, was scheduled to play in that match, but instead travelled to Trent Bridge to play for Notts' seconds against Worcestershire.
Having already been without wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, they then had further troubles behind the stumps when his replacement Pete McKay went off with a long-standing finger injury, forcing second teamer Freddie Coleman to take over the gauntlets.

Brooks added the scalps of Jeetan Patel and Boyd Rankin to bring last pair Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby together at 37-9, with 27 needed to reach the follow on figure.

The last pair then added 32, Clarke hoisting Brooks for six before cutting Tim Bresnan for four to take the score past the follow-on point before being bowled by Steve Patterson for 28 from 42 balls.

Yorkshire then made batting look a little more comfortable proposition again as they reached the close with a 269-run lead, thanks to Rhodes, well supported by Alex Lees (28) and Jack Leaning (28 not out).

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown:

"Credit to Yorkshire. Ryan Sidebottom was outstanding and they bowled exceptionally well, albeit in very helpful conditions, and caught very well.

"We were undone by good bowling but our batting was weak. Too many of the guys were trapped in the crease and it was only our last pair that really started getting properly forward or back.

"The game's not dead yet but to save it we will have to fight like we have never done before and play a lot better than we have done in the last two days."

Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom:

"Before play Dizzy (coach Jason Gillespie) asked me to say a few words to the lads and I said we had to bowl full and straight so I had to go out and do what I had told them to do.

"Jack Brooks bowled really well and we complement each other well. Sometimes one guy bowls at two an over and the other guy gets the wicket,s but it doesn't matter which way round it happens, it's all about being effective as a unit.

"We didn't bat very well so to come out and bowl them out for 69 was very pleasing."

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