Bres­nan cen­tury boosts War­wick­shire

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For­mer Eng­land all-rounder Tim Bres­nan scored a de­but cen­tury to put his new county War­wick­shire in con­trol against Northamp­ton­shire in the Bob Willis Tro­phy.

Bres­nan, who left York­shire af­ter 19 years in June, struck 105 on day two at Edg­bas­ton as War­wick­shire posted 369 for eight from their 120 overs in re­ply to the vis­i­tors’ 142.

Open­ers Ben Cur­ran and Emil­iano Gay sur­vived seven overs as Northamp­ton­shire closed on 19 with­out loss in their se­cond in­nings, trail­ing by 208.

Nick Gub­bins fell eight short of a dou­ble cen­tury as Mid­dle­sex de­clared on 347 for six against Sur­rey at the Kia Oval. Gub­bins, 150 not out overnight, hit 19 fours and a six in his 315-ball knock. Sur­rey closed on 189 for three in re­ply. Som­er­set are in con­trol against Glam­or­gan at Taun­ton. Craig Over­ton fin­ished with five for 38 as the Welsh side were shot out for 131 in re­sponse to the hosts’ 296. Som­er­set then took their lead to 296.

For­mer Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook man­aged to score just eight as county cham­pi­ons Essex reached 179 for five in re­ply to Kent’s 387 at Chelms­ford. Nick Browne made 61 and Varun Cho­pra 41. Ear­lier, Heino Kuhn failed to add to his overnight 140 in Kent’s in­nings, be­com­ing one of four vic­tims for seamer Jamie Porter.

Sus­sex are hop­ing to set Hamp­shire a chal­leng­ing tar­get at Hove af­ter claim­ing a first-in­nings lead of 23. They lead by 178 af­ter bowl­ing out Hamp­shire for 153 and clos­ing on 155 for six. Phil Salt got them off to a fine start with 80.

Worces­ter­shire seem to have the up­per hand against Glouces­ter­shire at Bris­tol, end­ing the day just 44 runs be­hind with eight firstin­nings wick­ets in hand on 223 for two. Ear­lier Char­lie Mor­ris fin­ished with four for 52 as Glouces­ter­shire were bowled out for 267. Durham bat­tled back against York­shire at Ch­ester-le-Street, end­ing the day with a lead of 10 on 106 for two in their se­cond in­nings. Alex Lees was un­beaten on 58. Chris Rush­worth, Ben Raine and Paul Cough­lin took three wick­ets apiece as Durham, who were skit­tled for 103 first time around, bowled out York­shire for 199.

Not­ting­hamshire are in a good place against Der­byshire at Trent Bridge de­spite a cen­tury from the vis­i­tors’ Leus du Plooy. Du Plooy hit 130, adding 80 in a last-wicket stand with Sa­muel Con­nors, but Der­byshire still con­ceded a deficit of 85 in be­ing bowled out for 239. Notts were 84 for three at the close.

Bright start: Tim Bres­nan made it a de­but to re­mem­ber with a cen­tury for War­wick­shire in their match against Northamp­ton­shire

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