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Somerset frustrated on day one at Edgbaston

Rob Yates fired his maiden first-class century as Warwickshire took the honours on day one of the Specsavers County Championship match against second placed Somerset at Edgbaston.

Closing on 303 for four, the Bears were led by the 19-year-old academy product, who looked assured as he reached 139* from 286 balls (22 fours), passing his previous first-class best of 91, which came at the beginning of July at Hampshire.

The Solihull-born left-hander is 32 days shy of his 20th birthday and came the youngest Warwickshire batsman to score a ton since Sam Hain, who at the age of 18 years and 336 days, reached the total in his fifth match against Northants in 2014.

Somerset started the match in fine style when Dom Sibley departed in the second over. He found Roelof van der Merwe at gully from an excellent Jack Brooks delivery, leaving the hosts on 0/1 after just 10 balls.

But with a short boundary in front of the Eric Hollies Stand, Warwickshire frustrated Somerset with an impressive 153 partnership from 232 balls between Yates and opener Will Rhodes.

Rhodes, who would eventually depart for 82 from 117 balls after being caught by wicket-keeper Steve Davies off the bowling of Craig Overton, struck 13 fours and one six in addition to Yates’ 10 fours.

That gave the Bears a platform and one in which Sam Hain was determined not to let slip.

He scored just 25 from 104 balls before edging to Davies off van der Merwe. The partnership between Hain and Yates was 89, leaving the hosts on 242/3 and Adam Hose next in.

With the new ball available after 80 overs, the visitors persevered for an extra 5.2 overs before changing during Brooks’ 14th over. The move brought success with Overton trapping Hose LBW for 17 from 36 balls (three fours), 20 balls later, earning him his second wicket.

But wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose (16*) followed the trend, striking two fours in a 28-run partnership with Yates.

Warwickshire have given a first-class debut to fast bowler George Garrett. The 19-year-old from Hertfordshire has impressed with the second team this season taking 22 wickets in nine red ball matches.

The former Shrewsbury School student has also featured for Shropshire, playing against Dorset in the Unicorns Championship campaign where he took two wickets.

Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “It was the first day of red ball cricket for a while and we weren’t sure what to expect from the surface. I thought there was period after lunch where we applied a lot of pressure and we didn’t sustain that for long enough.

“I think you have to give the young lad Yates credit. He played superbly, really applied himself, played at what he had to and demonstrated how you need to play on this surface. But we stuck to the task pretty well and I thought we did that in the field. As a unit we set high standards for ourselves and pride ourselves on that.

“Four days, there’s a lot of cricket left and come close of play tomorrow we’ll have a clearer picture. The first hour tomorrow, people talk about it often saying it’s key, but for us it’ll be about applying as much pressure.”

Kerr’s comments on Tom Banton who didn’t field for the last few hours.

“He’s been assessed, but I don’t think it’s anything significant. He’s got a slight pain in his hamstring, he’s had it for a number of weeks and the medical team they seem to think it’s more neural than anything.

“As a precaution he’s spent some time icing it with a little bit of massage so hopefully he’ll be back tomorrow.”

 

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