Tim Bresnan celebrates his century
Warwickshire’s veteran summer signing Tim Bresnan hit a superb century on his debut against Northamptonshire as the Bears kept up their fine start in the Bob Willis Trophy match on Sunday.
After Olly Stone took four for 39 against his former county on day one, it was again fitting that it should be another Warwickshire fast bowler making headlines in the new red-ball competition named after one of the Bears’ most famous sons.
Former England all-rounder Bresnan, now 35, hit 105, supplemented by young opener Rob Yates’ 88, to earn a first-innings lead of 227 in their opening Central Group game against Northants.
But the honour of the day’s biggest score went in the South Group to Nick Gubbins, who moved on from his overnight 150 to reach 192 before Middlesex enterprisingly declared on 347 for six against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
In the North Group, Derbyshire’s Leus Du Plooy’s superb 130 helped get his side out of a hole in the local derby with Nottinghamshire, while on-loan Notts batsman Ben Slater made an unbeaten 102 for Leicestershire against Lancashire at Worcester.