Century for Warwickshire's Ian Bell as Notts capitulate

LV County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day two: Warwickshire 376 v Nottinghamshire 117 & 60-4
Warwicks 7pts, Notts 3pts
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Ian Bell
Bell has now scored 12,500 first-class runs at an average of 45.12

England batsman Ian Bell warmed up for next week's first Test with Sri Lanka by scoring a century against a woeful Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Bell, 68 not out overnight, made 139 but the visitors lost their last five wickets for 37 and were 376 all out.

Notts were then skittled out for 117 with Boyd Rankin and Darren Maddy both taking three wickets, Stuart Broad top scoring with 24.

Following-on, the hosts closed on 60-4 still 199 behind, Rankin taking 3-18.

Warwickshire have now dominated for two days at Trent Bridge and began the morning on a commanding 233-3, but Notts struck within eight balls.

Mohammad Yousuf, who was backing up too far, was run out for 27 by a direct hit from Andre Adams off his own bowling.

Darren Maddy was next to fall for 22, a first wicket of the innings for England spinner Graeme Swann (1-26) in his first over of the day.

Broad (3-92) accounted for Rikki Clarke for 23 on the stroke of lunch with Warwickshire on 339-6.

The last four wickets fell within five overs of the afternoon session, Ambrose was lbw to Adams (3-111) and the same man had Naqaash Tahir caught at third slip by Steven Mullaney for a golden duck.

Broad picked up the last two wickets with Chris Metters caught at short leg and Bell caught at mid-on hitting out in pursuit of a final batting point.

Nottinghamshire's batting has been brittle in the last couple of weeks and they have not been helped by injuries to Alex Hales and Neil Edwards, and the loss of Samit Patel.

The 26-year-old scored an unbeaten century for England Lions against Sri Lanka as his Notts team-mates lost 14 wickets in a day.

Tahir (2-20) removed openers Akhil Patel and Mark Wagh before Mullaney hooked Rankin (3-44) to long leg.

Ali Brown was bowled through the gate by Maddy (3-29) and Adam Voges sliced Clarke (2-24) to gully to leave Notts 52-5.

It was soon 99-9 as Paul Franks and captain Chris Read fell to Maddy, while Swann and Adams gave their wickets away cheaply to Rankin.

Broad briefly held up Warwickshire but he was last man out after hitting a six and a four in 31 balls.

Bell enforced the follow-on and Patel was dismissed for a third-ball duck by Tahir, while Rankin bounced out Mullaney, Wagh and Brown in 10 balls, to leave Notts staring at their first innings defeat since 2009.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"By any standards Nottinghamshire's season is in need of a lift. A run of recent injuries to key players has been compounded by a drastic loss of form from several others.

"This was severely exploited by a rampant Bears attack, led by the impressive Boyd Rankin.

"This is the first significant challenge for Mick Newell and his defending county champions and despite having Alex Hales and Neil Edwards out for the immediate future they are counting down the days to the Trent Bridge return of David Hussey."