Bell and Westwood continue Warwickshire comeback in mid-session

Wednesday 5th May 2010

AmjadKhan finally removed Ian Westwood to end a second wicket stand worth 157

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 3
By Mark Pennell
Warwickshire continued to edge ahead in this enthralling county championship clash and at Thursday“s tea break the visitors went in on 167 for two after 61 overs – an overall lead of 58 runs.
Having lost Darren Maddy (3) to the 15th ball of their second innings, Warwickshire“s second wicket partners Ian Bell (90*) and Ian Westwood (68) added 157 in 55 overs before Kent finally made a second breakthrough.
Maddy, who faced only four balls, shouldered arms to one from Amjad Khan that just held its own up the St Lawrence slope to trap the former Leicestershire right-hander LBW.
Left-handed Westwood and Bell then dug in, showing ample care and attention in their three and a half hour stand before Westwood fell three overs before the tea interval. Prodding half forward and a quicker ball from off-spinner Martin van Jaarsveld, he went leg before after a 177-ball stay with seven fours.
Having resumed on their overnight score of 374 for nine, Kent lost their final wicket, that of Darren Stevens, to only the third ball of the day from Rikki Clarke.
Having seen Makhaya Ntini hit the previous ball for three, Stevens flailed across the line to go leg before for 57 and give Clarke career-best figures of six for 63.