County Championship: Jeetan Patel takes five wickets for Bears

Jeetan Patel
Jeetan Patel has 17 first-class five-wicket hauls
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (close, day one)
Somerset 265: C Overton 51; Patel 5-89, Woakes 3-48
Warwickshire 22-0: Chopra 12 not out
Somerset lead by 243 runs
Somerset 2 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Jeetan Patel took five wickets for Warwickshire before Somerset's lower-order rallied on day one at Edgbaston.

The New Zealand spinner claimed 5-89 as Somerset were bowled out for 265 with England's Chris Woakes picking up 3-48.

But Craig Overton hit 51 and a last-wicket stand of 64 between Alfonso Thomas (32 not out) and Tim Groenewald (34) rescued the visitors from 201-9.

Warwickshire reached 22-0 at stumps, trailing by 243, with out-of-form captain Varun Chopra on 12 not out.

Unusually, every one of Somerset's batsmen was dismissed caught in the outfield as Patel and the rest of the bowlers took advantage of a pitch offering bounce and turn in the first two sessions.

Thomas and Groenewald's batting pedigree
Alfonso Thomas and Tim Groenewald are more handy with the willow than their batting positions would suggest. Thomas has two first-class centuries and Groenewald a best of 78.

Visiting captain Marcus Trescothick's decision to bat first, looked to have paid off as he batted sensibly to take his side to 75-1.

But a flurry of dismissals either side of lunch, including Trescothick for 48, prompted three wickets to fall for 13.

Woakes soon removed James Hildreth and Peter Trego and when Rikki Clarke had Jim Allenby caught by Patel for 37, Somerset were in trouble at 152-7.

Overton made sure his side moved past 200 with a run-a-ball half-century before Thomas and Groenewald frustrated the hosts with a tenth-wicket partnership which lasted more than an hour.

Chopra, who is averaging less than 27 with the bat in the Championship this summer, and Ian Westwood made sure Warwickshire reached the close unscathed.

Warwickshire bowler Jeetan Patel:

"As a spinner, taking five wickets on the first day is not something you expect to do but playing on the wicket that we played the T20 on the previous night there was a couple of scratches that you could attack.

"There was a little bit of straightening and bounce which meant that I could come into the game.

"They got themselves in a hole which meant we could attack and after lunch I thought we bowled magnificently as a group.

"We think it is a very good wicket, so to lose the toss, bowl first and keep them down to 265, we would definitely have taken that at the start of the day."

Somerset bowler Tim Groenewald:

"It was an indifferent day for us. At least the last-wicket stand got us up nearer to 300 and kept us in the game a bit.

"The pitch is a bit slow and it can be hard to score runs especially when the ball gets soft. We have just got to go out there tomorrow and get some early breakthroughs and if that doesn't happen then just stay patient and keep our disciplines.

"We did have a very late night, getting to bed about 1.30am, after the game the previous night and that is not ideal preparation for a first-class game but there are no excuses at all. We all know the schedules and have to deal with them."

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