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Trott century keeps Bears in game

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO. Warwickshire 349-9. Sussex yet to bat. Warwicks 3pts, Sussex 3pts)

7-10 July 2009 (Play starts 1100 BST)

Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott has now hit 443 first-class runs this season - at 73.83

Jonathan Trott's second Championship ton of 2009 patched up Warwickshire's vulnerable top order as he helped turn it round against Sussex at Edgbaston.

The Bears could have been in trouble after earlier struggling at 16-3, with Ian Bell back in the pavilion for 2.

But Trott kept up his prolific summer with 166 as Warwickshire recovered from a rain-hit first day to reach 349-9.

Having become the top scorer in English Twenty20 Cup cricket, Trott quickly readjusted to a Championship tempo.

And, by the close, the 28-year-old South African had put his side on a day that might have turned out quite differently.

Former Warwickshire seamer Corey Collymore, who bowled two maidens in the four overs possible on the opening day, continued his new-ball spell for a return of two for nine from eight overs on a greenish pitch with some bounce and movement.

Home skipper Ian Westwood posted a fifth straight single-figure score in first-class cricket when angling a catch to second slip.

Then Bell, released from the England squad to play, made only two singles from 30 balls before tickling a leg-side chance to keeper Andrew Hodd.

Bell was clearly annoyed at missing such an opportunity to play a significant innings in advance of the next selection meeting.

But Trott gradually began Warwickshire's recovery with another England reject Jim Troughton.

They put on 55 before a switch to Ollie Rayner's off-spin brought the visitors fortune and Troughton, playing defensively at a leg-side delivery, lost his balance, the ball rebounding off Hodd's pads for a stumping.

But Trott continued to find partners, putting on 69 for the fifth wicket with Tim Ambrose (28), a further 72 with Rikki Clarke (36) and then 96 for the seventh wicket with Ant Botha.

Botha was given two let-offs - at slip and short leg off successive balls from Wright and Rayner - before raising a fourth consecutive stand of 50 or more.

But Yasir Arafat eventually bowled Botha for 46 and Trott's 326-minute innings ended when he bottom edged a pull to the keeper off Luke Wright.

Wright also accounted for Neil Carter before the home side closed one run short of a fourth batting point.

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