William Porterfield puts Warwickshire on top: Cricket News

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William Porterfield puts Warwickshire on top: Cricket News in a match of the County Championship Division One, at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street in England. The visitors reached 345 runs for the loss of seven wickets until close of first day’s play
of the four-day game.
The visitors’ captain, Jim Troughton, elected to bat first after winning the toss and his team didn’t disappoint him at all. The conditions were good for batting, as the wicket was dry and hard. Although there was some seam and swing with the new ball, it
wasn’t enough to trouble the batsmen much.
Warwickshire’s openers Varun Chopra and gave a solid start to their team, scoring 71 runs for the first wicket. They batted steadily and made sure that the ball lost its shine.
Westwood was the first man to be dismissed in the innings after scoring 46 runs off 71 balls, hitting eight fours. His opening partner fell just two runs later after adding 23 runs to the total.
Star batsman, Mohammad Yousuf, looked threatening in the middle, as he was batting with fluency. However, the veteran lost focus and gave his wicket away after getting a good start to his innings. The stylish right-hander managed 25 runs from 28
balls with the help of four fours in his innings.
The visitors were in a spot of bother, as they lost three wickets for 116 runs. Ireland’s captain William Porterfield was joined by Troughton at the crease and the pair rescued their team from trouble. They put together 131 runs for the fourth wicket, taking
their team’s total to 247.
Porterfield top scored the innings on day-one with 87 runs, but would have been disappointed to miss-out on a century. He struck 13 fours and two massive sixes in his brilliant knock.
All-rounder Rikki Clarke joined his captain at the crease and played aggressive cricket. The pair managed 81 runs for the fifth wicket before the flamboyant all-rounder lost his wicket. He got out just one short of a half-century, but did a terrific job
for his team.
The wicket-keeper batsman, Tim Ambrose, failed to make an impression, as he was dismissed on the very first ball he faced. He was followed by Troughton, who anchored the innings with his steady 76 runs off 189 balls.
At close of play, youngster Chris Woakes was unbeaten on 16 whereas Paul Best has yet to open his account.
The home team’s bowlers were unable to cause any problems to the opposition, but medium-pacer Ruel Brathwaite was instrumental. The tall bowler dismissed four batsmen of Warwickshire and will look to take one more wicket in the innings, to complete a five-wicket



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