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— 17 March 2023

Mickey Edwards claimed three of 13 Warwickshire wickets to fall on the second and final day of the friendly in Cape Town today.

Yorkshire’s new Australian signing praised his team-mates’ contribution as they restricted the Edgbaston side to 246-9 and 61-4 at Claremont Cricket Club.

“It was good to get a run out with the fellas and nice to get a Dukes ball in the hand,” he said. “All the boys bowled beautifully, which is a great sign at this stage of the season.”

Warwickshire were replying to Yorkshire’s first day 244-9, and one of the 28-year-old’s wickets was that of wicketkeeper batter Michael Burgess, who top-scored in the first innings with 84 off 67 balls having come to the crease at 25-4.

Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson struck twice with the new ball, the latter getting Alex Davies caught and bowled. Adam Lyth also took a pair of catches in the slips.

Big quick Edwards had Bears’ captain and former Yorkshire Championship winner Will Rhodes for 49 and Henry Brookes for 10. Burgess was caught behind.

Spinners Dom Bess and Jafer Chohan also struck once apiece, while Matt Milnes undertook 12th man duties as he continues his recovery from a stress fracture of the back.

In the second innings, George Hill claimed two wickets added to another one for Bess and one for Ben Mike.

“I could not have had better first week with the boys,” added Edwards.

“They’ve been so embracing and so kind to me, albeit taking the mickey out of my Australian accent. It’s been great. There’s a really great vibe around the place, and I’ve really enjoyed the first week.”