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Ballance and Leaning rescue Yorkshire

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Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Warwickshire v Yorkshire, day one
Yorkshire 177-4: Ballance 50, Leaning 50
Warwickshire: Yet to bat
Warwickshire 1 pts, Yorkshire 0 pts
Match scorecard

Half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescued Yorkshire on a rain interrupted first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire slumped to 85-4, as Alex Lees and Adam Lyth both fell for 19 before Andrew Gale was bowled by Keith Barker.

Jonny Bairstow, who hit 246 against Hampshire last week, then chopped on off Chris Woakes for 20.

Ballance and Leaning’s unbroken 92-run fifth-wicket stand steadied Yorkshire’s innings as they closed on 177-4.

The visitors’ top-order failed to fire once more, having collapsed in both innings in their first match of the season against Hampshire, as they went from 46-0 to 56-3.

Rikki Clarke bowled Lees, and Lyth was caught in the slips off Boyd Rankin as the openers struggled with Warwickshire’s seamers.

Despite their innings being interrupted by rain and bad light, England hopeful Ballance, and Leaning, both hit seven fours to reach the close of play on 50 not out each, and leave Yorkshire in a healthier position.

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