Warwickshire reach the CB40 Final at Lord's after a 23 run victory over Lancashire

 

The Bears have reached their second CB40 Final in three seasons after a 23 run victory over Lancashire at Old Trafford

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Warwickshire won the toss at Old Trafford in the CB40semi-final and chose to bat on what looked to be a very good wicket. From the outset, the innings was dominated by the early aggression of William Porterfield and the watchful approach of Varun Chopra as the opening pair looked to be heading Warwickshire towards an imposing total.

Porterfield, on one knee scooped Chapple over fine leg for six and the very next ball hammered him away through the covers for four to set the Bears oin their way. 110 without loss at the half way stage of the innings, Porterfield, having earlier completed his half-century, was caught at deep midwicket off Keedy by Moore in the 23rd over for sixty seven as Chopra then set out his stall to bat through the innings and for the other batsmen to be aggressive around him as Jim Troughton, Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke all reached double figures in quick time.

Chopra completed his century from 119 deliveries with nine fours, finally out when there was a single over to be bowled, as Warwickshire closed on 250-6 from their forty overs

Earlier when sitting in the dressing room, Tim Ambrose had hurt a thigh muscle and took no part in the game and in true sporting manner, Glen Chapple allowed Richard Johnson to be summoned from Knowle and Dorridge's match against Walsall to race up the M6 to Manchester.

In reply Lancashire were 50 for 3 after eleven overs after Neil Carter had removed both openers, Smith 6 and Moore 17, while Croft 18 chopped Chris Wright's short delivery back into his stumps. Wright struck again courtesy of a fine catch a deep backward point by Darren Maddy when Brown 9 undercut another short, quick delivery. Prince 26 then skied Ian Blackwell and Jim Troughton took a good catch over his shoulder.

It was Blackwell who picked up the sixth wicket when he had Cross 19 lbw attempting a sweep shot and Bears' other spinner, Paul Best picked up the wicket of Shahzad 10 when he clipped to Blackwell at short third man.

Carter 4-38 returned to the attack and saw Chapple 13 drive him straight to Troughton at mid-off and he virtually wrapped up any lingering hopes Lancashire may have held of pulling off an unlikely victory, when their last real batsman, Paul Horton 78 went in similar fashion to give Troughton a fourth catch of the innings while Wright ended the game with the wicket of Parry to take 3 for 48 as Warwickshire reached their second CB40 Final in three years where Hampshire await

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