Edwards finds form in pre-season win over Yorkshire

After their loss to Warwickshire at the weekend, Nottinghamshire bounced back with a victory over Yorkshire at Pickwick Cricket Club, Barbados.

Neil Edwards, with 94, and Riki Wessels, who made 64, were the architects of Notts’ 64-run success, which saw them reach an imposing total of 275 for 6 before dismissing Yorkshire for 211 in the penultimate over.

Since moving to Trent Bridge from Somerset, the left-handed Edwards has suffered two injury-hit campaigns but in hot, sticky conditions on the east coast of the island, the 28-year old gave a glimpse that better days may be ahead.

His two-hour knock contained six maximums, four of them coming in the first two overs sent down by the luckless leg-spin of Adil Rashid.

“I didn’t purposely target him,” said Edwards. “The breeze was blowing towards mid-wicket and that was the area to try to hit him. I’m hoping to find a bit of form and rhythm on this tour and I was certainly pleased with the way things went today.”

Wessels spent the winter playing under new Yorkshire first team coach, Jason Gillespie, in Zimbabwe and repeated some of the brutal strokeplay he has been delivering for the Mid-West Rhinos. He had already cleared the ropes on three occasions and looked to be racing towards a quick-fire century when he fell to a piece of athletic brilliance on the boundary edge by Adam Lyth.

Despite 65 from Joe Sayers and a typically punchy 38 from Jonny Bairstow, the White Rose county rarely looked like reaching their victory target, with Luke Fletcher claiming 3 for 29 for Notts.

Martyn Moxon, director of cricket at Yorkshire, took some positives out of the day. “It’s ideal for us to be having outdoor match practice at this stage of the season and is much more beneficial than having nets back home, “ he said.

“We are delighted to have got some batting and bowling practice in, against a pretty good side. There are things we need to work on – conceding 25 extras was far too many and that is one of the areas we will be looking to improve upon.”

At Windward, in a two-day match, Warwickshire closed on 247 for 9 after 85 overs against Hampshire. Rikki Clarke top-scored with 67 from 61 balls, clearing the ropes on five occasions. Chris Wood (3 for 34) and Sean Ervine (3 for 36) were Hampshire’s most successful bowlers. That match continues on Tuesday March 20.

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