David Hopps at Yorkshire need six to win v Warwickshire
Fisher and Patterson were an unlikely rescue act. Fisher, conservatively treated after putting repeated hamstring problems behind him, was playing his first Championship game of the season and probably arrived at the dressing room in a package marked Fragile: This Way Up. Patterson has played more, but not half as much as he thinks he should have. There may have been an element of two fingers to the selectors.
The break for lunch did not unsettle the eighth-wicket pair as one imagined it might. Patterson unveiled cover drives against Patel in the first over after lunch with Boycottesque aplomb. A brief hint of a running mix-up with 16 needed brought cries of alarm from a crowd who by then were believers again. Two more lots of four byes past Tim Ambrose in another over from Patel took Yorkshire within six.