Warwickshire 394 for 4 (Hain 140*, Rhodes 99, Sibley 52) path Northamptonshire 597 for six dec (Vasconcelos 156, Younger 134, Procter 100*, Cobb 66) by 203 runs
Batters proceed to make hay at Edgbaston as Warwickshire replied to Northamptonshire’s 597 for six with 394 for 4 on the third day of their LV=Insurance coverage County Championship match.
Hain, whose career-best 208 arrived in opposition to Northamptonshire in 2014, performed barely a false shot in seven hours on the crease and his reassuring presence helped Rhodes to relocate some type and fluency. The captain’s six earlier innings this season had yielded simply 73 runs.
As a superb batting monitor refused to deteriorate, all of the bowlers may do was persevere within the sunshine. They did so commendably, led by Jack White who saved going manfully for 26-6-84-2 – very worthy figures in these situations.
Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 80 for 2, 368 from the follow-on. They wanted a day of significant batting and delivered it. Just one wicket fell within the first two classes when, halfway by the morning, Dom Sibley (52, 170 balls) edged a wonderful ball from Luke Procter behind.
Rhodes regarded just a little unsure early on and was reprieved on 22 when he chipped Rob Keogh to mid-on however Simon Kerrigan was on his heels and the ball fell simply in entrance of him. The Warwickshire skipper gained fluency from that time – the straight-driven 4 off Matt Kelly which took him to 50 was beautiful.
Hain was at his implacable finest. He went to the crease armed with a first-class common of 76 in opposition to Northamptonshire, however ensured its enchancment by mid-afternoon and reached his twelfth first-class century (239 balls) simply earlier than tea.
Rhodes was a single away from his ton when the spectacular White, plugging away on a sizzling afternoon, induced an edge and Lewis McManus took one other catch. The captain was afforded the warmest of ovations again to the pavilion.
At 314 for 4, the Bears nonetheless had work to do to achieve the follow-on determine and formally consign the match to stalemate. Hain and Matt Lamb ensured there was no late collapse with an unbroken stand of 80 within the final 23 overs of the day. Hain’s focus remained absolute whereas Lamb continued his glowing type this season with a perky unbeaten 47 from 77 balls.