|County Championship Group One, Edgbaston (day one):|
|Derbyshire 189: Critchley 64, Reece 63; Norwell 5-32|
|Warwickshire 3 pts, Derbyshire 0 pts|
Warwickshire fast bowler Liam Norwell (5-32) claimed the main honours at Edgbaston as the Bears bowled out Derbyshire for 189 on the opening day of the new County Championship season.
Norwell has been limited by injuries to just six red-ball games in three years.
But, backed by Oliver Hannon-Dalby, his opening burst reduced Derbyshire to 7-3 and they struggled to recover.
Matt Critchley and Luis Reece made half-centuries before the visitors rallied with the scalp of Will Rhodes.
Starting his first Championship game as Bears captain, Rhodes was trapped leg before wicket for a second-ball duck by Sam Conners as the hosts closed a couple of overs early on 13-1. But it was Norwell’s day as the former Gloucestershire made a great start to the new campaign.
After suffering injuries either side of his move from Bristol to Birmingham, Norwell has had a frustrating time, making just one Championship appearance for Gloucestershire in 2018, four for the Bears in 2019, then just once in the Bob Willis Trophy last August.
But, after Derbyshire had been put in, Norwell struck with his second and fifth balls of his first over, finding Billy Godleman’s edge before uprooting Anuj Dal’s off-stump.
Critchley (64) and Reece (63) then added 93 in 22 overs in the afternoon session before Norwell returned to have both caught in the slips, one for Sam Hain, one for a diving Tim Bresnan – and his fifth wicket was another pouch for Hain to get rid of Harvey Hosein.
The final Derbyshire wicket went to spinner Danny Briggs on his Bears debut when Conners flicked him off the middle to the alert Hain at short leg.
Conners then unleashed a beauty to trap Rhodes but England opener Dom Sibley made three from nine deliveries, accompanied by the busier Rob Yates, who amassed 10 off 26 balls to help see out the day.