County Championship: Jonathan Trott hits ton for Warwickshire against Durham

Jonathan Trott plays a shot on the leg side
Ex-England batsman Jonathan Trott is retiring at the end of the season
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside (day one):
Warwickshire 297-5: Trott 119*, Ambrose 67; Salisbury 3-69
Durham: Yet to bat
Warwickshire 2 pts, Durham 1 pt
Scorecard

Jonathan Trott's first Championship hundred of the season anchored Warwickshire's batting against Durham on day one in Chester-le-Street.

The Division Two leaders closed on 297-5 with Trott unbeaten on a patient 119.

In-form Ian Bell, one of three scalps for Durham's Matt Salisbury (3-69), was out for 23 as the Bears struggled slightly with the pink ball at 130-4.

But ex-England batsman Trott made solid progress to a 45th first-class century, well supported by Tim Ambrose (67).

Bell had scored three hundreds in his previous four innings for Warwickshire but he could not convert a start on this occasion, lofting a drive to Cameron Steel at point.

Bell, 36, who last played for England in November 2015, requires another 118 to reach 20,000 runs in first-class cricket.

Durham fast bowler Matt Salisbury:

"Everyone is always hesitant when there's something different. Different session, time and ball. It's a pretty good pitch and it didn't do too much.

"Obviously, you expect it to do a little bit more under the lights but, during the day, it was pretty standard stuff. It started to do more with the new ball at the end.

"Trott is a class player. He's been there and done it all. He's very difficult to bowl at and once he gets in, he's very difficult to get out."

Warwickshire coach Jim Troughton told BBC Sport:

"Durham started off quite well. The bowl swung early on, but got quite soft, so it was hard to score if they bowled in good areas. But that partnership between Trott and Ambrose put us in a good position.

"I feel for Ambrose. He did all the hard work and, as the new ball came, he clipped one to deep square leg. Then, as the lights came on and the ball was harder to see, Trotty and Keith Barker did well to see us through to the end.

"Trott has been playing well. Ian Bell as well. It's dovetailed nicely for us. When one doesn't get the runs the other one does. It was good to see Ambrose getting runs again."

Bears centurion Jonathan Trott told BBC Sport:

"Durham bowled pretty well. We didn't really get away from them in regards to the run rate. But hopefully we can get a healthy lead.

"I had to be a little bit patient. I hadn't got a hundred in Championship cricket this season, so it's always nice to cross that threshold.

"I was disappointed not get any runs in the second innings against Kent. I was doubly determined to get runs this week."

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