County Championship Divison One: Bell and Harinath take control on day three of opener's

Ian Bell and Arun Harinath both made terrific centuries to give their respective sides hope of victory going into the last day of the opening matches of the season.

County Championship Divison One: Bell and Harinath take control on day three of opener's
Ian Bell was in fine form for Warwickshire (photo: The Telegraph)

Four teams were in action on Tuesday, as Durham against Somerset was affected by the poor weather conditions with no play at all, Surrey fought back against Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire gave themselves a slender advantage over Hampshire.

Harinath leads the Surrey fight back against Nottinghamshire

Surrey found themselves on the edge of defeat going into day three, still over 200 runs behind as they began to make tracks with their second innings. 

The visitors could not have asked for a worse start in East Midlands, as Rory Burns was dismissed for 17 by Jake Ball, with only 11 added to their overnight total. Yet that wicket paved the way for oversees star Kumar Sangakkara to form a match changing partnership with Arun Harinath. The pair made 142 before the former Sri Lanka international was eventually dismissed.

Jake Ball was the man who got the breakthrough once again and he followed it up just three balls later with a carbon copy of Sangakkara's dismissal, as Steven Davies edged behind to Chris Read. Yet Jason Roy and Ben Foakes provided solid support for Harinath as they scored 37 and 26 respectively. Surrey closed the day on 297-5, 76 runs ahead, with Harinath still present with an unbeaten 114.

Brilliant Bell and wonderful Woakes for Warwickshire

Warwickshire did not hang about in ending the Hampshire first innings, with the hosts putting on just 13 more runs before they lost their final two wickets. After day two was lost due to rain, both sides were scrapping for a minute opportunity of earning a victory.

With a modest total of 202, a Hampshire victory looked unlikely and they knew they needed to bowl extremely tightly to a talk wanted Warwickshire batting order. Yet Fidel Edwards gave them hope, as he dismissed Ian Westwood and Varun Chopra cheaply, leaving the visitors at 10-2.

Yet Ian Bell played a typically responsible innings to drag his side back into the driving seat, as he made an unbeaten 130 off 248 balls. Jonathan Trott and Sam Hain both made starts, but it was Chris Woakes who supported his international teammate with a composed 66 to help Warwickshire to 283-6 at the close of play.

Rain halts Durham progress

The North East witnessed a washout as Durham were unable to secure victory against Somerset on day three. Expect a reasonably early declaration by the hosts if the rain stays away on Wednesday, as Durham attempt to close out their 300 run advantage with Somerset due to bat again.