County Championship: Jack Brooks takes five as bowlers excel

Jack Brooks
Jack Brooks has taken 255 wickets in 74 first-class appearances for Yorkshire and Northants
LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley (day one)
Middlesex 212 all out: Compton 70, Brooks 5-44, Maxwell 3-55
Yorkshire 96-4: Bairstow 25 not out, Murtagh 2-29
Yorkshire trail Middlesex by 116 runs
Yorkshire 3 pts, Middlesex 1 pt
Match scorecard

Jack Brooks' five wickets helped Yorkshire bowl Middlesex out for 212 before the visitors hit back on an intriguing first day at Headingley.

Nick Compton (70) top-scored for Middlesex, whose middle order struggled after opting to bat.

Brooks (5-44) and Glenn Maxwell (3-55) exploited a green pitch, before Yorkshire's own reply floundered.

The Tykes lost four wickets, including England batsmen Adam Lyth (17) and Gary Ballance for one, to finish on 96-4.

Jack Brooks, the headband warrior
Brooks has prospered since joining Yorkshire from Northants in 2012. He took 68 wickets for Yorkshire in last year's Championship-winning season, coming second only to Steve Patterson. In seven Championship appearances this season, he has claimed 25 wickets.

Brooks made an early inroad into the Middlesex line-up, trapping Joe Burns lbw before Compton and Sam Robson's 62-run partnership steadied the visitors.

Once Robson had fallen for 41 Middlesex slumped to 119-6 as Dawid Malan, James Franklin, Neil Dexter and John Simpson all fell cheaply.

Despite some late resistance from Ollie Rayner (20), who hit four boundaries off one Maxwell over, and the rest of the lower order, Middlesex were bowled out on the stroke of tea.

Lyth made an aggressive start in the Yorkshire reply, hitting four boundaries in 17 balls, before he and Alex Lees (11) edged Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh (2-29) respectively to the slips.

Ballance and Andrew Gale were dismissed shortly afterwards to set up a fascinating second day, with Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 25.

Yorkshire bowler Jack Brooks:

"I have bowled inconsistently in a couple of games recently and I tried to go back to basics and not strive for wickets and it seemed to work well for me today.

"I would like to think we have a slight edge in the game after bowling them out for 212 and although we have lost four wickets we still have some big guns to come.

"I was quite surprised to get a decent ovation from a good-sized crowd. They have taken to me well at Yorkshire and it is nice to be able to feed off their energy."

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