Bears ease to comfortable win

Warwickshire win marred by ECB points deduction for 'poor' pitch

Last Updated: 14/05/11 2:00pm

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Tahir ended the match with 4-36

Tahir ended the match with 4-36

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Warwickshire put their points-deduction woes behind them to seal a 218-run victory over Worcestershire before lunch on Saturday.

The hosts, who had earlier been penalised eight points after the 'poor' state of the Edgbaston wicket had led to a number of batmen suffering nasty blows, dismissed the visitors for just 109.

After starting the final day on 36-3 and chasing an improbable 328, an injury-hit Worcestershire outfit quickly slumped to 67-6 as Shaaiq Choudry and Moeen Ali fell to Rikki Clarke and Naqaash Tahir removed Gareth Andrew.

Clarke finished the match with figures of 2-32 while Tahir was the pick of the bowlers, ending with 4-36.

Wicketkeeper Ben Scott attempted a fightback, racing to 31 from 29 balls, before he became the second Worcestershire batsman to retire hurt after Vikram Solanki, who was taken to hospital after being struck on the head by Boyd Rankin.

With tail-ender Alan Richardson absent injured, Warwickshire wrapped things up when Rankin had Damien Wright caught by Ian Bell.

Day Three

Worcestershire slipped to 36-3 after being set a tough target of 328 for victory against Division One rivals Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Naqaash Tahir claimed all three wickets to fall but the Bears could yet be hit with a points deduction due to the state of the playing surface.

An England and Wales Cricket Board pitch panel, made up by pitches consultant Chris Wood and pitch liaison officers David Hughes and Tony Pigott, met after play had finished to discuss the dry, cracked surface.

The first ball of the day from spinner Chris Metters (6-65) lifted and turned to remove Worcestershire's last man Alan Richardson, ending the innings at 228.

However the home side opted not to enforce the follow-on, instead going on to make 173-8 second time around before declaring. Mohammad Yousuf followed up his first-innings ton with 68, putting on 73 with Darren Maddy (30).

Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott were again denied meaningful match practice, though, both England batsmen dismissed by left-armer Jack Shantry.

Day Two

Worcestershire finished day two against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in a precarious position, five short of avoiding the follow-on with their final pair at the crease.

Rookie left-arm spinner Chris Metters, 20, marked his first-class debut with a haul of 5-65 as the Pears slumped to 228-9 at the close.

Opening batsman Matt Pardoe hit 58 and Worcestershire looked well placed on 115-1 shortly before tea.

But Metters made his mark in the evening session, including having Jack Shantry caught-and-bowled with the last delivery of the day to complete his five-wicket haul.

Ben Scott (30no) will resume on the third morning alongside last man Alan Richardson.

There could, however, be bad news for Warwickshire after the England and Wales Cricket Board - acting on the findings of pitch inspector David Hughes who arrived on the second morning - convened a panel with the power to deduct points.

Pitches consultant Chris Wood, Hughes and Tony Pigott will sit in judgment on the Edgbaston surface on Friday.

Warwickshire had earlier advanced their first innings from 229-6 to 382 all out as Tim Ambrose (58), Metters (27no) and Boyd Rankin (25) each contributed, while Worcestershire seamer Damien Wright picked up 5-83.

Mohammad Yousuf, on 108 overnight, added just one to his total before being bowled by Richardson (3-80).

Day one

Veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf notched his first Warwickshire century as Worcestershire suffered yet more frustration at Edgbaston.

The Pakistan batsman reached the close of the opening day unbeaten on 108 and will return to the middle on Thursday with the Bears poised on 299-6.

Yousuf, 36, proved the backbone of a potent-looking Warwickshire batting order after England pair Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both failed to make an impression.

Worcestershire, still looking for their first win on their return to the top-flight, made early inroads when Australian seamer Damien Wright (3-55) removed Varun Chopra (16) and Alan Richardson (2-62) trapped William Porterfield (21) lbw.

Trott made a scratchy nine off 41 balls and Bell (34) fared little better as the home side slumped to 91-4 midway through the second session.

But Yousuf continued on his merry way, finding a more than useful allay in Rikki Clarke (52) as the Bears battled back.

Clarke eventually fell to Gareth Andrew for 56 but Yousuf brought up his century soon after, finishing the day with 13 boundaries and one six to his name.

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