Javid and Evans step up again
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Warwickshire rolled out a blueprint for the future as Ateeq Javid and Laurie Evans made centuries in repelling Somerset on the second day of their LV= County Championship meeting at Edgbaston.
Replying to a total of 340, the defending champions were in trouble when losing three wickets for 38 but recovered to make due to Javid and Evans compiling a major partnership for the second home match in succession.
Having added 199 against Nottinghamshire in July - when Javid batted at number eight - they put on an unbroken 245 today, with the Birmingham-born 21-year-old completing a maiden hundred on his elevation to four.
Peripheral figures in the title-winning team - Evans played in one match and Javid none at all - they have enjoyed more opportunities this summer with the impending retirement of Darren Maddy and captain Jim Troughton's recurring back problem.
Twice dismissed in the 80s, Javid moved from 99 to 103 not out in the penultimate over of the day when pulling Alfonso Thomas for his 11th four after batting for 287 minutes.
Evans, with the confidence of a career-best 178 behind him against Notts last month, cruised to his hundred with 17 fours and at the close he was 130 not out after facing 223 balls.
A dry pitch, in its fourth day since first being used for Friends Life t20 finals last weekend, did not turn as much as Somerset may have hoped, having recruited the Indian spinner Piyush Chawla for the rest of the season.
George Dockrell comfortably out-bowled his new partner. Aside from taking two wickets before lunch, the Ireland spinner was a model of accuracy, conceding only seven boundaries in a return of 2-62 in 28 overs.
Chawla looked rusty after bowling only 55 overs in two three-day games in Chennai since finishing his latest Indian Premier League campaign in May.
Warwickshire's early troubles began with a loose shot by Ian Westwood, following a ball from Peter Trego outside off stump, but the nightwatchman, Recordo Gordon, more than did his job in outlasting a senior partner.
Gordon rarely aspires to double figures in Second XI cricket and yet, on stepping up to the championship for the first time, he stayed for an hour-and-a-quarter, making 13 until he was leg-before to Dockrell.
The slow left-arm bowler had figures of 5-4-1-2 when Varun Chopra became his second victim, the home side's acting captain edging to Marcus Trescothick at slip.