Crowd at Edgbaston evokes feelings of first day of summer

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Will Rhodes leads the way for hosts with 91 before Dane Paterson’s triple strike edges Notts ahead

Warwickshire 250 for 6 (Rhodes 91, Hain 61, Paterson 3-57) vs Nottinghamshire

There was a moment, midway through the afternoon session, when the sound of applause could have startled the casual spectator.

“Have we missed a milestone?” the journalists in the media centre asked another.

There was no milestone. And there was no boundary or wicket, either. Instead, the batter, Sam Hain, had eased one through the covers for two. It was, in the grand scheme of things, pretty unremarkable. But there was an easy elegance about it, a pleasing familiarity, which had this old ground purring in appreciation.

This was, of course, the first time spectators had been permitted at a Championship match here since September 2019. So they had been starved of the simple pleasures of such things as a nicely timed push through the covers or a well contested tussle between two well-matched teams. It surely did no harm that the day was, initially at least, delightfully bright and sunny. It really did feel like the first day of summer.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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