Working all day, Rob Yates’s maiden first-class century resulted in an excellent Warwickshire successfully stifling Somerset who placed second at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
As Dom Sibley lost after gunning the fourth ball, the young opening batsman Yates scored to hit a 139, giving his team Bears a total score of 303-4 after 96 overs.
Later on, Yates gave a good 153 at the second wicket, all from 232 balls along Yates and opener Will Rhodes.
Just 26 days shy from his 20th birthday, Yates, a Solihull-born is set to become the youngest Warwickshire batsman that scored a ton. The last batsman to do so was Sam Hain, who, in 2014, was 18 years old when he reached and scored a double century in the fifth match against Northants.
Asked about this upcoming achievement, Yates stated that it is “a great feeling” and something he was already aware of and wanted to achieve.
As Yates will try to give the Bears a boost to garner more batting points, the plan was seen as not doable when Dom Sibley left in the second over.
While many are focused on Sibley before the 3rd Ashes Test to be held at Emirates Headingley, Somerset’s Roelof van der Merwe found itself in the ditch just after 10 balls.
Somerset paceman Craig Overton felled two out of the four wickets of the Bears during the first day.
The early season showed signs of falter and difficulty as Rhodes was behind Somerset’s Steve Davies, a wicket-keeper.
Although Rhodes surpassed 50 five times this season in the 19 County Championship innings, Yates has reached his half-century only once – a whopping 91 two games ago against Hampshire. Gracefully he moved past that fact, giving 286 balls on the day and 22 of these balls entering the rope.
The other team, Somerset, ended the day with a concern over a slight injury involving a tight hamstring experienced by a certain Tom Banton – a young batsman who was out from the field for the second half of the day.