Cricket: Runs all round for Brown and Lewis
Friday 16 April 1999
At Chelmsford, Chris Lewis scored his first century for five years in a demonstration of power and timing, while fellow all-rounder Dougie Brown went further by creating history with his maiden first-class century.
His effort for Warwickshire against Northamptonshire at Edgbaston was the earliest in County Championship history, owing much to the fact the season has been brought forward because of next month's international showpiece tournament. "I am not trying to prove any points - but if anyone is short of form or injuries I want to make a situation where the selectors don't have to look much further than me when seeking a replacement," Brown said.
Or, alternatively, they could look to Lewis. He made 139 while wicketkeeper Paul Nixon underlined his growing reputation with a classy 121 as the defending county champions Leicestershire took control of their game against Essex.
Lewis left it to the county's manager, Jack Birkenshaw, to blow his trumpet. "He has immense talent whether he is batting, bowling or fielding. I can understand why people find it a little surprising that he has not scored more runs. Perhaps it is because he is prepared to take risks," Birkenshaw said. "But he said before the start of this season he was more determined than ever to score more heavily than he has been doing. This is a good start."
Nixon's 121 was his second in consecutive championship games following his 101 not out in the final match against Surrey last September. "There is no better wicketkeeper- batsman in the country," said Birkenshaw.
Elsewhere the weather again played its part. Durham's frozen players were only able to move from 32 for 1 to 153 for 4 to lead Worcestershire by just one run after three days at Chester-le-Street, while play was washed out at Old Trafford between Lancashire and Sussex.
More reports, scoreboard
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener 'fights for his life'
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Who was the star man at the Emirates? Alexis Sanchez? Santi Cazorla? Or Yaya Sanogo?
Phil Hughes: A swashbuckling, raw and talented batsman who had the world at his feet
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund report: Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez are on target as Gunners secure impressive victory
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Ed Miliband's 'north London set' must be demolished to save Labour, say critics
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: SURREY MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: What do you want to do with your career? Do yo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is a leading expert in immunoassa...