Warwickshire are LV County Champions for 2012


Warwickshire bowled Worcestershire out for 209 to record an innings and 202 run victory and in doing won the 2012 LV County Championship

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Day 3

An early wicket on the third morning set the Bears on their way to the title when Mitchell 42 played on to a full delivery from Barker, who then trapped Kervezee lbw for nineteen.

Chris Wright bowled Leach before Boyd Rankin came into the attack and removed D'Oliveira and Cox to slip catches leaving the Bears needing three wickets after lunch.

After lunch, Chris Wright wrapped up the Worcestershire tail hitting the stumps three times as Russell, Harrison and Richardson all went in a rush to bring Warwickshire a seventh County Championship title.

Chris Wright took nine wickets in the match and Keith Barker eight

Day 2

Varun Chopra and Jim Troughton took their overnight partnership for the third wicket past a hundred on the second morning before Troughton 54 edged Russell to Cox behind the wicket after he'd earlier been dropped twice off Richardson with the new ball.

Richard Johnson 1 was out just before lunch giving Nick Harrison his first Championship wicket, but with Chopra 179* and Clarke 10* the Bears lunched on 320-4 from 102 overs , requiring thirty more runs from eight overs to secure an important fourth batting point.

Joe leach trapped Clarke 11 lbw immediately after lunch, but Chopra and Blackwell brought up the 350 and a fourth batting point before Chopra was bowled on 195 by Leach.

Blackwell 84 and Barker 40 added eighty for the seventh wicket in double quick time before Wrwickshire declared just before tea on 471-8, with an overall lead of 411

Keith Barker made an early strike when Phil Hughes slashed at a ball outside off stump and Porterfield took a good low catch at slip before a run had been scored.

Daryl Mitchell and Matt Pardoe then posted a second wicket partnership of seventy six before Pardoe 35 picked out Ian Westwood at cover point as he attempted to square cut Rikki Clarke.

Moeen Ali 15* and Mitchell 42* saw Worcestershire through to stumps without further incident to close on 100-2 still trailing by 311 runs

Day 1

Worcestershire won the toss at New Rd and chose to bat on an overcast morning and were soon regretting the decision as they collapsed to 17-5 inside the opening thirteen overs.

Mitchell 2 was first to go, lbw to Wright who then had Pardoe caught by Chopra at slip without scoring.

Barker had the dangerous Phil Hughes 10 caught by Clarke at slip and Moeen Ali 1 edged to Johnson and the trail of wickets continued as Wright removed Kervezee 5 and Cox 4

Both bowlers took their fiftieth Championship wickets of the season as Worcestershire were finally dismissed for 60, their lowest ever score against the Bears.

Wright 5-24 and Barker 5-36 bowled unchanged throughout the session.

After lunch Varun Chopra 61* and Ian Westwood 46* quickly passed the Worcestershire total and progressed to tea on 114-0 with a lead of fifty four but there were a couple of setbacks in the first forty minutes of the final session, as both Westwood 54 and Porterfield 0 were caught at slip by Mitchell off Moeen Ali, but Jim Troughton 29* and Chopra 115*, his third century of the season, took the ears to the close on 215-2 with a lead of 155 and the knoweldge that 4 batting points and a victory from this match would secure the Bears' first Championship title for 8 years.

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