Ballance and Leaning rescue Yorkshire

Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance made only 16 in his two innings against Hampshire

Half centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescued Yorkshire on a rain interrupted first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The champions slumped to 85-4, as Alex Lees and Adam Lyth fell for 19 before Andrew Gale was bowled by Keith Barker.

Jonny Bairstow, who hit a double ton against Hampshire last week, then chopped on off Chris Woakes for 20.

Ballance and Leaning’s unbeaten 92-run fifth-wicket stand steadied Yorkshire’s innings as they closed on 177-4.

The visitors top-order failed to fire once more, having collapsed in both innings in their first match of the season against Hampshire, as they went from 46-0 to 56-3.

Rikki Clarke bowled Lees, and Lyth was caught in the slips off Boyd Rankin as the openers struggled with Warwickshire’s seamers.

Despite their innings being interrupted by rain and bad light, England hopeful Ballance, and Leaning, both hit seven fours to reach the close of play on 50 not out each, and leave Yorkshire in a healthier position.

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