Day one of the County Championship game between Yorkshire and Warwickshire at Headingley ended with the game evenly poised after a day where both sides gained the ascendancy at different stages.
Both sides entered the game with high hopes. Warwickshire sat top of the Division One table after winning their last two games, whilst Yorkshire sat in fourth place and are clearly capable of mounting a title challenge again this year.
Having won the toss Warwickshire asked Yorkshire to bat in helpful bowling conditions but it was Yorkshire who got off to the better start in the morning session as Adam Lyth (32) and Joe Root, promoted to open the batting, added 91 for the first wicket. Root was especially fluent as he scored 69 off just 84 balls. Peter Moores will have been impressed by Root and he could be a good prospect for an England opening spot.
If the morning session was advantage Yorkshire then the afternoon was definitely Warwickshire's as another England hopeful Chris Woakes (3-43) helped by Keith Barker (3-69) and Chris Wright (2-88), reduced Yorkshire to 181-6 having been in a commanding position on 111-1 before Root's dismissal.
It was a mixed day for the England hopefuls on show. Both Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow failed to impress on this occasion but it was another England player, Tim Bresnan (61), along with New Zealander Kane Williamson (75), who produced a fantastic partnership that catapulted Yorkshire to a more competitive total. Their partnership of 113 was exactly what Yorkshire needed as they were in danger of collapsing totally.
However, when both players departed just before the close of play, Yorkshire had reached 310-8 and Warwickshire had once again dragged themselves back into the match.
Both sides will go into day two knowing that the outcome of the game could hinge on this day's play. Yorkshire will hope that their tail can wag a little longer but Warwickshire will want to quickly end the Yorkshire innings so they can start a reply. Both sides will be striving for a result before they start their T20 Blast season later on this week.
Yorkshire ended the day with three batting points and Warwickshire with two bowling points.
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