Yorkshire v Essex: Silverwood surprised by Scarborough start
PUBLISHED: 19:21 06 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:21 06 August 2017
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Essex coach Chris Silverwood admitted his surprise after seeing 15 wickets fall on the first day of the County Championship match against Yorkshire.
Mohammad Amir took 5-18, with Jamie Porter (3-44) and Ravi Bopara (2-25) also having success at Scarborough as the hosts were skittled for 113.
Yorkshire had been 74-9, before a dogged last-wicket stand between opener Adam Lyth (68) and debutant Ryan Sidebottom, and Essex slipped to 81-4, before recovering to close on 188-8, with captain Ryan ten Doeschate unbeaten on 61.
And Silverwood said: “We didn’t expect so many wickets to fall, but the ball consistently nipped around.
“If we can try and capitalise on this and just eke a few more runs out, we’ll be in a strong position.
“It swung and nipped. There’s been good balls kicking around all day, and the wickets have fallen in clumps. There’s always one with your name on, so you have to capitalise before it gets you.
“Mohammad Amir, didn’t he bowl beautifully. Five for not many, and him and Jamie Porter got wickets that counted. They’ve helped to put us in a great position.”
Yorkshire’s Ben Coad added: “It wasn’t the greatest day for us.
“They obviously got a few more runs on the board, but we clawed it back with the ball. That was pleasing.
“The spirit we showed there with the ball was outstanding, and we’re still right in this game.
“I just think it’s a typical Scarborough pitch. There’s a bit in it for bowling, especially with the new ball. Once you get in with the bat, it gets a bit easier, as Adam Lyth and Ryan ten Doeschate showed.
“I just think you need to get beyond that initial stage and you can still score big. We’re still very confident.”