County Championship: Dom Sibley's century helps Bears avoid follow-on at Northampton
Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley hits a century at Northampton in a game that now looks destined to end in a draw.
LV=County Championship Division One, The County Ground, Northampton (day three)Northamptonshire 451:Keogh 130, Cobb 88, Gay 70, McManus 58; Hannon-Dalby 4-84Warwickshire 396-8:Sibley 102, Burgess 77, McAndrew 54*, Rhodes 42; White 4-62Warwickshire (4 pts) trail Northants (7 pts) by 55 runs with two wickets remaining
ScorecardDom Sibley posted his second County Championship century of the campaign as Warwickshire frustrated Northamptonshire's hopes of pushing for victory at Wantage Road.Sibley's patient knock of 102 was backed up by a belligerent 77 from 80 balls by Michael Burgess, ensuring the visitors passed the follow-on target to close on 396-8, just 55 behind.
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Dom Sibley has now hit 17 first-class centuries - 11 of them for Warwickshire LV=County Championship Division One, The County Ground, Northampton (day three) Northamptonshire 451: Keogh 130, Cobb 88, Gay 70, McManus 58; Hannon-Dalby 4-84 Warwickshire 396-8: Sibley 102, Burgess 77, McAndrew 54*, Rhodes 42; White 4-62 Warwickshire (4 pts) trail Northants (7 pts) by 55 runs with two wickets remaining Scorecard Dom Sibley posted his second County Championship century of the campaign as Warwickshire frustrated Northamptonshire's hopes of pushing for victory at Wantage Road.Scorecard Oliver Hannon Dalby celebrated 250 first-class wickets as he ran through Northamptonshire's lower order after a delayed start on day two.Rob Keogh's first century since the opening game of the season led the Northamptonshire run glut against Warwickshire at Wantage Road.apply.
Sibley's patient knock of 102 was backed up by a belligerent 77 from 80 balls by Michael Burgess, ensuring the visitors passed the follow-on target to close on 396-8, just 55 behind. Nathan McAndrew struck his maiden Bears half-century, an undefeated 54, while Northamptonshire seamer Jack White ended the day with 4-62. The 33-year-old-seamer is now the second leading wicket-taker in Division One with 29 scalps, just behind his former Bears team-mate Keith Barker's 32 for Hampshire. However, it looks unlikely either of the sides - who have registered just one Championship win between them this season - can find a way of increasing that tally on day four. For much of the day the defending champions' bowling could be classed as wayward, with skipper Will Rhodes (2-44 from 20 overs) the honourable exception. Although Ben Sanderson found movement when Warwickshire resumed at 71-1, the hosts soon turned to spinner Simon Kerrigan.8 an over as only two boundaries came in the first 25 overs. That move paid off when the left-armer's third ball of the morning tempted Chris Benjamin to drive high to deep mid-off for his first wicket of the season. “Everyone is a confidence player.
Bears skipper Will Rhodes joined Sibley, who continued to advance at a snail's pace. Dom Sibley was still there at the close unbeaten on 30 as Warwickshire ended the day on 71 for one, still a mammoth 380 behind. Thereafter, the morning was dominated by Gay's stylish innings. The England opener's stay at the crease was approaching four hours when he reached his half-century. But the pair gradually began to open up and Rhodes came down the track to thump Kerrigan over midwicket for the first six of the match. In his next over Hannon-Dalby picked up Lewis McManus in similar fashion, to give Warwickshire keeper Michael Burgess his 100th career dismissal. However, Warwickshire were pegged back again by Josh Cobb's pre-lunch spell of three overs for two runs - plus the wicket of Rhodes for 42, smartly caught by the diving Rob Keogh at mid-on. with a great contrast of styles. Northamptonshire persevered with an all-spin attack but Sibley dealt with that to bring up his 17th first-class hundred, from 260 balls. Simon Kerrigan, who was struck on the helmet trying to take evasive action to a short ball from McAndrew, hit him through midwicket and cover to take Northamptonshire past 450. "We were going along at five or six and over without really playing any reckless cricket.
The new ball eventually did the trick when White returned to have Sibley caught behind and then removed Jacob Bethell, with Emilio Gay initially parrying the ball at second slip before recovering to dart forward and scoop it up just above the turf. With Warwickshire retreating into their collective shell again, Matt Lamb survived two close calls to reach 37, squirting White just short of mid-on before edging Tom Taylor through the hands of Ryan Rickelton at first slip. Northamptonshire's seamers Sanderson, White, Taylor and Luke Procter found plenty of movement on offer to beat the bat and keep openers Davies and Sibley contained. Keogh found another batting ally in McManus and pushed on to complete a chanceless hundred soon after tea courtesy of an 18th four. But Taylor got his man on the stroke of tea. The Bears still required 44 to avoid the follow-on. Davies started to find his groove against Luke Procter, dispatching him for three boundaries in two overs including an imperious drive down the ground, before White trapped him lbw for 31 with Warwickshire on 53-1 in the 28th over. But any concerns were swiftly dispelled by Burgess, who thumped a trio of boundaries off Kerrigan and confidently swept him to the fence again as he and McAndrew added 88 for the seventh wicket. Top Stories..
Burgess looked on course for a hundred but, having pulled White for four, he attempted to repeat the stroke next ball and top-edged to cover. He remained 8 not out with Sibley as the day ended in bright sunshine. Report supplied by the ECB Reporters' Network. Top Stories . Top Stories.