Monday 20 September 2010 

CW® County Player Of The Week - Ian Bell

CW® County Player Of The Week - Ian Bell
CW® County Player Of The Week - Ian Bell
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Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after his century helped steer his to victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final against Somerset at Lord's.

Bell stroked a sublime 107 in 95 balls as his side chased down a target of 200 with an over to spare as the curtain came down on the 2010 county season in style.

After Somerset were bowled out for 199 with leg-spinner Imran Tahir taking five wickets, Warwickshire slipped to 39 for three before Bell helped his side regain the initiative.

Sharing in crucial partnerships with Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke, Bell stroked 12 fours on his way to a century in 92 balls, hitting 12 fours along the way.

He was eventually dismissed with the scores level, leaving the ground to a standing ovation and rewarded with a recall to England's ODI squad less than a day later.

Other contenders for the award included Tahir, Nottinghamshire's Adam Voges and Samit Patel, Northamptonshire's Rob Newton, Somerset's James Hildreth, Kent's Alex Blake and Warwickshire's Chris Woakes, who helped Warwickshire stay in the top flight of the County Championship and hit the winning runs in the CB40 final.

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