National League September 20, 2005

Bell's hundred blows away Yorkshire

Cricinfo staff

Division Two

Points Table

Ian Bell struck a record-breaking 137, the highest score in the National League by a Warwickshire player, to help his side beat Yorkshire by a commanding 102 runs. Bell, not known for his powerful strokeplay, struck seven sixes and 11 fours in an 84-ball hundred, as Warwickshire rattled up 309 for 3 in their 45 overs. Jonathan Trott was also in the runs, hitting 94 in a stand worth 216 with Bell. Yorkshire's target was inevitably too daunting, and they crumbled to 209 for 9, with England's new promising spinner Alex Loudon taking 3 for 26. This convincing win makes Warwickshire near certainties for promotion to Division One, subject to Derbyshire winning by a substantial margin to increase their net run-rate.