Warwickshire forced to show their resilience

Cricket Warwickshire 255 Somerset 106-4
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Andrew Caddick bowled beautifully to take five Warwickshire wickets for 76, figures marred by the concession of 14 in one over to the England pinch-hitter Neil Smith. Now 27, Caddick reclaimed his place as England's premier swing bowler, beating every batsman frequently.

Warwickshire are without Dermot Reeve, Gladstone Small and Tim Munton, injured, and Nick Knight, with England, and fielded a long tail, one of the factors that caused Andy Hayhurst to send them in. That they were able to recover to a respectable score says much for their resilience and by the end of a long, hot day they were striking back through Shaun Pollock and Dougie Brown, with Somerset worried about a follow-on.

Caddick could not have asked for better conditions: a green, well-grassed pitch meant that the ball would move through the air and off the pitch. Add bounce and Caddick must have felt his kingdom had come.

Wasim Khan was tucked up and got an inside edge in the third over; Dominic Ostler fell at third slip in the seventh. After an hour, 26 were on the board and only Andy Moles seemed to be standing between the champions and the abyss. When Graham Rose appeared and nipped one back into the pads it should have been all over.

Sadly for Somerset, Caddick and Rose had to be rested frequently, and the second line bowling, Jeremy Batty apart, was lacking.

Trevor Penney, dropped at nine and 14, played at and missed Caddick at least a dozen times. He stayed with Dougie Brown, missed at 16, and the pair were able to add 78 in 22 overs.

Mark Lathwell, with a neat catch and neater run out, broke up what was becoming a Bears' picnic but the so-called tail still managed to add another 81.