Mixed emotions for Neale

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Warwickshire's new director of coaching, Phil Neale, had mixed feelings about his side's innings and 58 runs defeat by the England A team in the Tetley Bitter Shield match at Edgbaston.

Neale, who has succeeded Warwickshire's treble-winning coach, Bob Woolmer, at Edgbaston, was in charge of the A team against his new county, having led the England side on a successful winter tour of India.

Neale helped to mastermind only Warwickshire's second firstclass defeat in two seasons - now turns his attention to coaching his new charges. "I think Warwickshire can learn something from how the A team were able to screw the opposition into the ground once they got on top," he said. "Warwickshire were 101 for 1 in their first innings and nothing seemed to be happening, but England A stuck at it and never gave up. That's something that happened with Warwickshire last season."

England A required only six deliveries to secure victory yesterday. Yorkshire's slow left-arm bowler, Richard Stemp, took a simple return catch to dismiss Allan Donald with the last ball of his first over of the day to dismiss Warwickshire for 205.

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