Sidebottom sizzles on County debut

August 07, 2017

Tallygaroopna's own Ryan Sidebottom has produced a fairytale first-class cricket debut in England.

Sidebottom showed no signs of nerves playing at Lord's, the home of cricket, as he ripped through Middlesex's batting line-up with an inspiring spell of 4-29.

The Cricket Shepparton hero was signed by County Championship powerhouse Warwickshire after playing for Berkswell in the Birmingham District Premier League.

It has been an incredible rise for Sidebottom, whose only previous first-class game came for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield against Tasmania in March 2013.

Twenty wickets tumbled on day one as Sidebottom's Warwickshire was all-out for 126 batting first before Sidebottom's spell saw Middlesex collapse to 161 in 40.2 overs.

Warwickshire will resume on 0-12 in its second innings when play resumes about 8 pm tonight Australian time.

Sidebottom's teammates in the Warwickshire side include Test players Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel and one of England's most prolific batsmen of all-time, Ian Bell, who is captain of the team.

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