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Coleman's mustard for Warwickshire

Second XI Championship - Day 1: Warwickshire Second XI 259 (Coleman 156, Taylor 4-47) lead Leicestershire 53-3 by 206 runs.

Freddie Coleman's 156 stood out on a Championship day where bowlers were generally dominant at Kenilworth Wardens CC.

The Warwickshire opener was last man out in a score of 259, Leicestershire losing a couple of late wickets to close on 53-3 in reply.

Warwickshire won the toss and batted first under a late summer sun, with the constant drone of traffic from the A46 in the background.

County made early inroads as Warwickshire slipped to 30-3. Paul Best and Basit Zaman (7) went to the pace of Atif Sheikh (3-64 off 18.3 overs), and the highly impressive Charlie Taylor (4-47 off 19 overs) trapped Tom Lewis (0) lbw inbetween.

Coleman then progressed to 50 (87b, 9x4) in adding 100 for the fourth wicket either side of lunch with Jonathon Webb, whose patient 28 (96b) was ended when he drove Taylor to Archie Ogden at cover.

The hosts then fell to 166-7 as Chris Purchase (0) was held at the wicket by James Middleton off Taylor, Jordan Rollings (9) was lbw to Ogden and Tom Burton (9) was caught by Rob Sayer to become Taylor's fourth victim.

A stand of 49 between Peter McKay (18) and Coleman followed with the opener moving to a superb 202-ball century (16x4) in the process. Tea was taken at 212-7 and an inspired bowling change after the interval helped County.

Karl Turner (2-16 off 5) took wickets with the final two balls of his first over, McKay being bowled and Mark Adair (0) leg before. That put the score on 215-9 but last man Findlay (0*, 22b) stood firm while Coleman cut loose. His 150 was registered before he was the last man to fall, caught by Adam Thomson off Sheikh.

Special mention must go to Taylor, but also to off-spinner Rob Sayer, whose 19 economical overs only went for 37. Other figures returned were Ogden 1-33 (10 overs), Michael Thornely 0-18 (4) and Thomson 0-34 (14).

In reply, Thornely (0) fell to the fifth ball of the innings before Turner and Angus Robson formed a gritty alliance. Unfortunately both were dismissed before stumps, with Turner pulling Adair to Rollings for 13 and Robson (27, 37b) being bowled off the inside edge by Bevan with the last ball of the day.

That left Billy Root on one not out, and Leicestershire will resume 206 behind with seven first innings wickets intact.

Pete Johnson

 
 

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