Ian Bell Notches Up First Century Of The Summer

	 Ian Bell Notches Up First Century Of The Summer
Ian Bell Notches Up First Century Of The Summer
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LV County Championship Division One - day two of four

Taunton: Warwickshire (500) lead Somerset (70-0) by 430 runs

All eyes were on Ian Bell, unbeaten on 84 overnight and having declared his intention to register a big score. He duly made good on his word, advancing to 172 with 25 boundaries, becoming the first man in the Championship to pass three figures, facing 272 balls in all. He forged a 141-run stand with Tim Ambrose (57) after Jim Troughton departed for 77 and with Bell out, Somerset made good headway to reduce their visitors to 399 for eight. However, Warwickshire's number nine Chris Woakes helped his side make 500, claiming maximum batting bonus points on the way, chipping in with 63 in 94 balls with seven fours and a six to frustrate Somerset. Ben Phillips, who finally got Bell out, finished with four for 100, Charl Willoughby three for 87. Marcus Trescothick (27 not out) and Arul Suppiah (31 not out) were making steady progress for Somerset when they began their first innings. 

The Rose Bowl: Worcestershire (132 & 150-8) lead Hampshire (216) by 66 runs

Wickets continued to tumble at The Rose Bowl, with Hampshire firmly in charge at the close. Jimmy Adams made 49 and Liam Dawson 66 as they stretched their first innings lead to 84. Worcestershire started their second innings badly, Stephen Moore bowled by Chris Tremlett for one and until Vikram Solanki decided to cut loose, they were in real danger of an innings defeat. A vital half-century from the former England ODI opener helped the away side build a small lead, with Chris Whelan helping him add a half-century stand for the eighth wicket. Whelan was dismissed for 47, caught behind by Nic Pothas off of Chris Tremlett to end a partnership worth 97 which left Solanki unbeaten on 64 having hit eight fours and a six.

LV County Championship Division Two - day two of four

The Brit Oval: Gloucestershire (333) lead Surrey (18-3) by 315 runs

Rain delayed the start but Surrey were quickly into their stride, only allowing 12 runs to be added before bowling Gloucestershire out for 333. Jade Dernbach, and Andre Nel, who struck with the fifth ball he bowled for the county on day one, shared eight wickets but Gloucestershire hit back to reduce the home side to 18 for three. New overseas signing James Franklin (2-11) and stalwart Jon Lewis (1-5) did the damage, sending back Michael Brown (8), Laurie Evans (1) and Matthew Spriegel (0). 

Grace Road: Northamptonshire (297-6) lead Leicestershire by 297 runs

There was no play on day two as heavy rain lashed the Grace Road ground. Day one saw Northamptonshire debutant David Willey combine with Andrew Hall to put on 162 for the sixth wicket to rescue the away side from 111 for five after they were asked to bat first. Willey made 59 while South African all-rounder Hall was unbeaten on 95 to help take some of the gloss off a good early performance by the home side. AJ Harris, on debut, picked up three wickets as none of Northamptonshire's top five passed 31 and he also picked up the wicket of Willey, caught by Wayne White to end a three-hour stand shortly before stumps. Hall has faced 187 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six so far

Chelmsford: Derbyshire (326) lead Essex (29-0) by 297 runs

Resuming on 306 for seven, Derbyshire lost their last three wickets for 20 runs, two of them in the 7.4 overs possible before lunch as rain hit Chelmsford. Chris Wright wrapped up the tail to finish with four for 86 as David Masters and Ryan ten Doeschate finished with two wickets apiece. Essex made steady progress to 29 without loss before bad light ended play early.

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