Bresnan century boosts Warwickshire
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