Bell's dual tons ensure Warwickshire see off Glamorgan at Edgbaston

Ian Bell followed his first-innings 106 not out with an unbeaten 115 (164 balls, 17 fours) to takes his side to their target of 294 with 20 overs to spare


Ian Bell hit two unbeaten centuries in a match against Glamorgan

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 250 & 294-6, Glamorgan 220 & 323 - Warwickshire won by four wickets

Ian Bell completed two unbeaten centuries in a match as Warwickshire cemented their place at the top of Specsavers County Championship Division Two with a four-wicket win over Glamorgan at Edgbaston.

Bell followed his first-innings 106 not out with an unbeaten 115 (164 balls, 17 fours) to takes his side to their target of 294 with 20 overs to spare.

It was the second time he has scored two hundreds in a match and the first at Edgbaston. He previously achieved the feat against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2004.

Bell was well-supported by Jonathan Trott (67, 107 balls, six fours) and Will Rhodes (61, 120 balls, eight fours) as Glamorgan ended up comfortably beaten in a match in which they competed hard and which was finely-poised for three days.

Only on the final day when the pitch flattened out, did the Welsh county's challenge fade to leave them nursing a third successive championship defeat.

For Warwickshire, it was a fourth successive victory which sends them in confident mood towards next week's mouth-watering clash with nearest pursuers Kent at Tunbridge Wells.

Warwickshire resumed on the final morning on 25 without loss and Rhodes and Dominic Sibley took their opening stand to 68 in 27 overs before the latter (19, 88 balls, two fours) chipped spinner Andrew Salter to mid-wicket.

Rhodes, having begun his innings by avoiding a king pair, reached 50 from 89 balls while Bell settled immediately. His first-innings century, constructed with care while wickets tumbled around him, was a slow-burner but second time round he batted more fluently from the off. He went into lunch having already hit seven fours on his way to 36 from 53 balls.

Warwickshire were 119 for one at lunch and lost Rhodes before adding another run when the opener edged an excellent ball from Salter to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke. But if that gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, it was soon snuffed out by Bell and Trott.

Bell reached his half-century in 69 balls and Trott followed to his in 82 as they eased the score forward under little time pressure.

Trott passed 18,000 first-class runs just before falling lbw to David Lloyd having scored 67 of a stand of 113 in 30 overs. Lloyd then bowled Hain for a second-ball duck but Tim Ambrose (21, 33 balls, three fours) joined Bell in an partnership of 54 in 12 overs.

Salter returned to trap Ambrose lbw and lure Keith Barker into a fatal top-edged sweep but there was no shifting Bell who won the match with his 29th boundary of it.

Report courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network




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