Warwickshire vice-captain Dom Sibley was pleased to contribute a century to the “great team effort” which swept Leicestershire away by an innings and 104 runs at the Fischer County Ground this week.
The Foxes were outplayed in every department, most of all in the first two sessions when they were bowled out for 100 before opening pair Sibley and Will Rhodes took the Bears past that score without loss.
"We lost Rhodesy and Belly so myself and Trotty had to rebuild a little bit and get us through that period. That’s the ebb and flow of cricket, but to get through to a hundred was very pleasingt."
Sibley went on to score 106, his second Specsavers County Championship century of the season. The backbone of the Bears’ win, it was a display of high skill against a swinging ball – and very much an innings of two halves with its first 50 coming off just 49 balls and his second spanning 107.
” I got off to a good start and got a few boundaries away which always settles the nerves a little bit,” Sibley said. “The ball was doing a bit but the field was up so there were gaps and if you played good shots you got your rewards.
“Then after tea they bowled very well and the second 50 was a lot slower but sometimes you have to dig in. We lost Rhodesy and Belly so myself and Trotty had to rebuild a little bit and get us through that period. That’s the ebb and flow of cricket, but to get through to a hundred was very pleasing.
“On that first day we bowled really well to bowl them out for 100, so then to back that up with full batting points was a great team effort.”
The win, Warwickshire’s third inside three days in the last four games, extended their lead over third-placed Sussex to 33 points. They will face Sussex at Hove next week knowing that a draw would secure promotion straight back up to Division One at the first attempt.
“We have played some very good cricket in the last month,” Sibley said. “The Durham game was a brilliant game of cricket in which we just ran out of time but we have won the other three games very well and now we just have to take that momentum down to Hove next Tuesday.
“It was good to get another three-day win at Leicester and earn an extra day off. That won’t do the players any harm, especially the bowlers who have done such a brilliant job for us in the last few games.”
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