Cricket: Yates puts Somerset under pressure

PUBLISHED: 19:51 18 August 2019 | UPDATED: 19:51 18 August 2019

Jack Brooks in bowling action for Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jack Brooks in bowling action for Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Rob Yates fired his maiden first-class century as Warwickshire assumed a commanding position on day one of their Specsavers County Championship match against second-placed Somerset at Edgbaston.

The 19-year-old academy product led the way as the Bears closed on 303-4 and looked assured as he reached 139 not out from 286 balls, passing his previous best of 91, which came at the beginning of July at Hampshire.

The Solihull-born left-hander - still 32 days shy of his 20th birthday - became the youngest Warwickshire batsman to score a hundred since Sam Hain, who reached three figures in his fifth match against Northamptonshire in 2014 at the age of 18 years and 336 days.

Warwickshire will be delighted with how the day turned out, particularly after a wobbly start which saw Dom Sibley depart in the second over.

With plenty of eyes on the 23-year-old ahead of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, Sibley found Roelof Van der Merwe at gully, leaving the hosts on 0-1 after 10 balls.

But, making good use of 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, caught by wicketkeeper Steve Davies off the bowling of Craig Overton, struck 13 fours and one six to help give the Bears a platform.

And any hopes Somerset harboured of a run of quick wickets following his exit were dashed by Sam Hain.

The England Lions batsman scored just 25 from 104 balls before edging to Davies off Van der Merwe, but he had continued to frustrate a Somerset side who used six bowlers.

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 Jack Brooks' 14th over.

The move brought success with Overton trapping Hose lbw for 17, earning him his second wicket.

But wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose (16 not out) followed the trend, striking two fours in a 28-run partnership with Yates.

The pair will be looking to add a further 47 runs in the first 14 overs on Monday to earn a fourth batting point, before aiming to surpass their highest score when batting first this season - 391-9 declared against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire have given a first-class debut to fast bowler George Garrett, a 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 and taking two wickets.

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