Yorkshire brought back down to earth

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A record-breaking run-spree on Sunday was followed by misery yesterday as Yorkshire fell to a seven-wicket defeat by Warwickshire in the Norwich Union League First Division at Edgbaston.

Only 24 hours after piling up 352 for 6 against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough, their total of 137 for 9 was 54 less than Darren Lehmann's individual score the day before. Lehmann made only 14 until he went as part of Mo Sheikh's career-best 4 for 17 and Anthony McGrath, his partner in a stand of 172 at North Marine Road, managed a top score of 38.

Yorkshire were in trouble as Gavin Hamilton was well caught on the leg-side by Keith Piper from the first ball of the match by Charlie Dagnall.

Dougie Brown quickly removed the other opener, Matthew Wood, as Warwickshire continued their bid to overhaul Kent for the runners-up position in the one-day league.

All the seamers prospered on a lively, sometimes unreliable pitch and Sheikh whistled through the batting. McGrath gave a stinging low catch to Brown at cover, Craig White was bowled off stump, and Gary Fellows top-edged to mid-on after hitting Sheikh for six.

David Byas did his best to prop up the lower order, but after battling for 17, the Yorkshire captain played across a straight ball in Brown's second spell. Alan Richardson bowled Richard Blakey and Yorkshire's day was summed up when Brown made another intervention by running out Ryan Sidebottom.

In the field, there was brief hope when Matthew Hoggard's second ball hit the off stump to dismiss Mark Wagh. Hamilton later held a good catch at mid-on to minimise Brown's impact with the bat, but Nick Knight made 53 from and put on 64 with David Hemp. Knight was caught off Lehmann but his partner was unbeaten with 43.

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