Trott takes giant stride in bid for England call-up

Warwickshire batsman capitalises on his escape from Headingley hell with another imposing innings

Jonathan Trott is entitled to feel rather pleased with himself. Having narrowly missed out on a part in the farrago that is England's performance at Headingley, the Warwickshire batsmen yesterday continued his fine season with a carefully constructed 79 against Somerset at Edgbaston.

Although he was by some distance the second-best English batsman on show – Marcus Trescothick raced to a run-a-ball century in Somerset's second innings to add to the one he scored in the first innings – Trott is clearly first in the queue should the national selectors be on the lookout for new blood, especially if they remember what another South African achieved at The Oval against Australia four years ago.

Trott was out yesterday thanks to a previous generation's import, Andrew Caddick, who joined Somerset having arrived from New Zealand in 1991. This is to be Caddick's last season and while he may have lost a bit of zip – and his hair is more grey than black – he is still in exceptionally good shape. He took two wickets during an unbroken spell in the morning, accounting for Trott when the latter swished at a wide one that left him. Trescothick took the catch at second slip.

But it was Caddick's partner during that session-long spell, Alfonso Thomas, who really impressed. Thomas, who hails from – where else? – South Africa, took three wickets, including Tony Frost caught behind for 94 with one that left him off the pitch. Tim Ambrose, the Warwickshire wicketkeeper, was another victim, caught at first slip by Justin Langer.

It was a slow day at Edgbaston with very little prospect of victory for either side. There was entertainment for those who enjoy seeing the umpire in a bit of strife: first Mark Benson jigged and weaved to avoid a wasp before Neil Mallender copped a solidly-hit straight drive from Ant Botha on the ankle. Botha yelped in frustration, Mallender remained stoically silent.

Warwickshire, who have signed the Indian seamer Sree Santh until the end of the season, were dismissed shortly after lunch for 261, a disappointing total given their overnight score of 156 for 3. Somerset, who would have been hoping to put pressure on Durham at the top of the First Division with victory here, moved to 156 for 4 by the close, the highlight of which was Trescothick taking 14 off one over of slow left-arm from Botha. Two balls were smashed high over the bowler's head and plugged in the ground just short of the boundary before the Somerset opener decided he had had enough and hit the next one for six.

The happiest side in Division One yesterday would have been Durham, who did not play but watched rivals fail to make up ground as Somerset and Nottinghamshire, who drew with Sussex at Horsham, faltered. Lancashire, however, still have one day to go in their match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and could force victory.

Nottinghamshire looked possible winners when they reduced Sussex to 140 for 4, still more than 80 runs behind, but an unbroken partnership of 109 between Carl Hopkinson and Luke Wright steadied the South Coast side and they reached the close on 249 for 4. Their position in the top flight still looks somewhat perilous, perched as they are just above the relegation zone.

Lancashire have no relegation worries – for now, at least – but they need to beat Hampshire to retain a say in the destination of the title. They were grateful to VVS Laxman whose century was the centre point of a strong batting display. Laxman ended the day on 135 not out, Mark Chilton having shared in a partnership of 216 for the fourth wicket with the Indian as he made his way to 81 before being dismissed by David Griffiths. Tom Smith fell just short of his century, out for 95, also to Griffiths, as Lancashire ended on 487 for 4. John Crawley, Hampshire's former England batsman, used this match against the county where he made his name to announce his retirement at the end of the season.

In the Second Division, Surrey are 223 runs ahead of Derbyshire with seven first-innings wickets remaining at Whitgift School at can push for victory today. Andre Nel took four wickets as the visitors subsided from 169 for 2 overnight to 334 all out.

Glamorgan won their first Championship match of the season, beating Leicestershire by an innings and 72 runs at Colwyn Bay as the visitors lost their last five wickets for three runs in 3.5 overs. The slow bowlers did the trick, left-armer Dean Cosker taking 3 for 12 while Robert Croft took 3 for 30. Gloucestershire made 39 without loss to beat Essex, after the New Zealander James Franklin took 3 for 23 as Essex were bowled out for 236.

people And here is why...
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
voicesBy the man who has
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Eden Hazard
footballAfter 18 years with Arsenal, here are 18 things he has still never done as the Gunners' manager
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
The new Windows 10 Start Menu
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in The Twilight Saga but will not be starring in the new Facebook mini-movies
tvKristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer will choose female directrs
Arts and Entertainment
Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001
books(and not a Buzzfeed article in sight)
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey
comedyFirst national survey reveals Britain’s comedic tastes
Arts and Entertainment
Twerking girls: Miley Cyrus's video for 'Wrecking Ball'
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?