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Warwickshire v Northants Day 2- Bob Willis Trophy

Edgbaston CCC
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Tim Bresnan's debut century tightened Warwickshire's hold over Northamptonshire on the second day of their opening Bob Willis Trophy fixture at Edgbaston. 

Day 2: Close - Northants 142 all out and 19 without loss, Warwickshire 369 for eight at Edgbaston 


Having bowled the visitors out for 142 on the first day, Warwickshire reached 194 for five at lunch with Yates (83 not out, 223 balls, 11 fours) and Bresnan (32 not out, 80 balls, four fours) having added an unbroken 53 in 27 overs. 

On a pitch offering a little bit of help to the seamers, Northamptonshire's bowlers persisted well and made runs difficult to come by, but 20-year-old Yates showed inexhaustible patience, scoring just 20 runs in the session. 

After resuming on 130 for four, Warwickshire added 11 before Michael Burgess's punchy innings ( 39, 55 balls, four fours, one six) was ended by a fine in-ducker from Ben Sanderson which took out off-stump. That ended a stand of 56 in 20 overs, a substantial effort in the context of a low-scoring match, between Burgess and Yates. 

 Burgess' departure brought in Bresnan for his first innings for Warwickshire and the former England player delivered exactly the sort of contribution for which he was signed. While Yates kept anchor firmly dropped, Bresnan was also watchful but also a little more assertive. 

 Sanderson and Nathan Buck bowled well with little luck, at times, while spinner Rob Keogh allowed the batsmen little scope to attack in a long, accurate spell from the Birmingham End.