Jonathan Trott made a surprise return to the county ranks for the Birmingham Bears’ T20 Blast match against Northampton Steelbacks at Edgbaston despite not being named in the 15-man squad before the game.
The former England No 3, who returned home from the Ashes series in Australia last winter after the first Test because of a “stress-related illness”, had attempted to make his comeback at the start of the new season in early April but then suffered a recurrence of his problem, casting doubt on his ability to return to top-level cricket.
However, he has shown a return to form for Warwickshire Second XI in three games this month, scoring 138 in one of his innings.
He only managed a single off seven balls but by then his side were well on the way to victory over last year’s T20 champions.
Yorkshire were denied the opportunity to go clear at the top of the County Championship First Division as their match with Sussex at Arundel ended in a draw.
The visitors declared on 470 for 7 late on day three to take a first-innings lead of 154, but Sussex’s top order ensured a stalemate and left Yorkshire level with Nottinghamshire at the top of the table.
The top three batsmen Luke Wells (81), Chris Nash (53) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (62) all made half-centuries, as Sussex reached safety on 228 for 3 in their second innings.
Yorkshire’s coach, Jason Gillespie, was left frustrated by the surface. The former Australia fast bowler said: “It did not really promote first-class cricket and was a challenge for both teams to try and score at a decent run-rate. There was a lack of bounce and it was tough for the batsmen.”