Ian Bell catch: The veteran player defied age to grab an absolute blinder of a catch as domestic cricket resumes in England.
During the first day of a Central Group match between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in Birmingham, veteran Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell put on display an outstanding fielding sight to dismiss Northamptonshire’s Charlie Thurston.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 30th over when Thurston’s attempt of playing a drive against a full and wide delivery from Olly Stone saw him edging the ball in between the second and third slip.
Bell, 38, was fielding at third slip and was inch-perfect with his instinct to go for the catch at the right time. Having dived to his left, Bell kept his eyes on the ball as he used both his hands to complete the catch.
Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 23rd over, Thurston ended up scoring 15 (22) with the help of a couple of boundaries before getting out.
After Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes won the toss and invited the visitors in to bat, his bowlers stood on their captain’s decision as they dismissed Northamptonshire on 142 in 51 overs. Batting at No. 8, Luke Procter top-scored for his team with 29* (47) with the help of three fours and a six.
Having registered bowling figures of 14-3-39-4, Stone was the pick of the bowlers for his team. Among others, Alex Thomson and Ryan Sidebottom dismissed a couple of batsmen each. At the time of writing this article, Warwickshire have lost three batsmen including Bell (9) in the first innings.
Ian Bell catch
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How Twitterati reacted:
Cat-like reactions from Ian Bell. 🐈🤝
Northants are 122/8 after 46 overs.
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A stunner from Ian Bell at third slip 👏pic.twitter.com/a8bl7vblfl
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 1, 2020
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