Bears batter Sam Hain celebrated his 100th First Class match milestone with an invaluable double century.

The 26-year-old spent over ten-and-a-half hours at the crease against Northampton accruing his 202* (494 balls, 16 fours, one six) when the team needed it most.

Once the visitors declared on 597 for six, the Bears faced an uphill task, but it was the former England Lion – plus Matt Lamb (155*) and Will Rhodes (99*) – who helped steer the hosts to calmer waters.

“I’m very tired and emotionally, physically and mentally drained.” said Hain. “I’m probably still in batting mode now and coming down from it all. 

“From a personal point of view it’s my 100th First Class game and I feel like I’ve got a few starts already in this County Championship, so to go on in this game is very pleasing.

“All credit to the bowlers who have been running in hard over the last few games, so with one day off in between games, the ownership was on the batting unit as a whole to give the bowlers a bit of a rest.

“All in all it was a positive four days as a group and we know we’ve got a couple of days off now and look to Yorkshire.”

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