County Championship: Northants openers make report stand at Warwickshire

Northants openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Will Young shared an opening stand of 287 at Edgbaston


LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day one)
Northamptonshire 372-2: Vasconcelos 156, Young 134, Gay 45*
Warwickshire: Yet to bat
Warwickshire 0 pts, Northamptonshire 4 pts
Match scorecard

Ricardo Vasconcelos and Will Young racked up a record opening stand after Northamptonshire were put in by Warwickshire in their County Championship match at Edgbaston.

The openers stayed together until after tea to add 287 in 64.2 overs and lift their side towards a commanding 372-2 at the close of the first day.

Vasconcelos, whose previous seven innings this season had yielded a combined 90 runs, stroked 156 before falling to the second ball after tea. New Zealand batter Young scored a polished 134, his 13th first-class century and first for Northamptonshire.

All that Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes could do was rotate his depleted bowling attack and rue his decision to insert. That was a surprising move, especially given that pace spearhead Liam Norwell was again ruled out by injury, so…