Yorks beaten twice by in-form Warwicks

Warwickshire made it four wins out of four on their pre-season tour of Barbados by beating Yorkshire by 34 runs in a 40-over contest at the Banks Cricket Club.

Having beaten Yorkshire in the semi-final of the Barbabos T20 Cup at the weekend, Warwickshire again dominated their county rivals with solid batting down the order helping them to 228 for nine after new captain Jim Troughton had won the toss.

Keith Barker top-scored for Warwickshire with an aggressive 65 and the left-hander received excellent support from Troughton, who contributed 38 and a back-to-form Darren Maddy with 41. Barker then weighed in with the ball, pinning Joe Sayers lbw for 34.

Sayers missed the second half of last season with a debilitating viral illness which left him weak and he is playing his first cricket in nine months in Barbados. Barker finished with three for 43 from 6.5 overs to complete a good all-round day.

With Neil Carter sidelined for up to nine weeks by a pelvic injury, Barker’s left arm variation might secure him a place in Warwickshire’s County Championship side. Rookie slow left-armer Chris Metters also impressed by taking three for 22 from six overs.

Metters, a winter recruit from Devon, began his career as a left-arm seamer but recently converted to spin. “It was particularly pleasing to win again now that we have moved into the longer format,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles.

“While there is still plenty of room for improvement the signs are very encouraging. We have a good squad who are working hard following a long and strenuous winter back at Edgbaston, so we hope that we can maintain this momentum when we get back home.”

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