Ashley Giles has lofty ambitions in his burgeoning new existence as county coach and England selector. But overseeing Warwickshire's relegation from the First Division is not part of the grand plan and he will have been relieved to see them enjoy much the better of the second day's play against fellow strugglers Yorkshire at Scarborough yesterday.
Tim Ambrose and Neil Carter led the visitors' counter-attack in vigorous fashion, adding 110 for the seventh wicket as Warwickshire turned an overnight 53 for 4 into 320 all out. Ambrose, who played the last of his 11 Tests in February, made 113 from only 150 balls, while Carter was even more bullish, with 67 from 59 deliveries. Sreesanth then struck twice in the first over to claim the key wickets of Jacques Rudolph and Anthony McGrath as Yorkshire, who began this round two points behind their opponents, struggled to 100 for 7.
Hampshire, lying a point behind Yorkshire, made a solid start against Somerset, reaching 286 for 4 thanks to Jimmy Adams' unbeaten hundred.
Like Ambrose, James Foster is a keeper who retains international ambitions. His undefeated 103 helped Essex press their promotion cause against Leicestershire in the Second Division.