Young debutant spinner Metters takes five as Worcs toil

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day two: Warwickshire 382, Worcestershire 228-9
Warwickshire 7pts, Worcestershire 4pts
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Chris Metters
Torquay-born Chris Metters has played Minor Counties cricket for Devon

Young Warwickshire spinner Chris Metters took five wickets on his debut to leave Worcestershire in danger of following-on at Edgbaston.Metters takes five as Worcs toil

Resuming on 299-5, the Bears made 382, despite the loss of Mohammad Yousuf.

Tim Ambrose made 56 before a last-wicket stand of 39 between Metters (27no) and Boyd Rankin (25).

Devon-born Metters then took 5-65 as the visitors ended day two on 228-9, still five runs short of avoiding the threat of being asked to bat again.

Worcestershire's bid to avoid the follow-on remains on a knife-edge after Metters took a return catch from Damien Wright to bring up his 'five for' to end play in the final over of the day.

But it was not all smiles for Warwickshire, whose Edgbaston pitch came under new scrutiny.

After England and Wales Cricket Board pitch inspector David Hughes arrived on the second morning, acting on his initial findings, a panel has been convened - with the power to deduct points - who will meet on Friday.

One man who had no complaints about the pitch was youngster Matt Pardoe, who hit this third half-century in three matches, in his first match as an opener.

And, if Bears old boy Alan Richardson can survive the first three balls when Metters resumes his over on Friday morning, Worcestershire hopes rest with on-loan wicketkeeper Ben Scott, who got to the close unbeaten on 30.

But, missing injured skipper Daryl Mitchell, the rest of the Worcestershire batsmen struggled, particularly against rookie spinner Metters, the Torquay-born 20-year-old who was recommended to the Bears by their former manager, Bob Cottam.