Tuesday 7 May 2013 

Warwickshire v Kent, Yorkshire Bank 40

 

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field first at Edgbaston in front of a large Bank Holiday crowd enjoying the warm sunshine.

There was an early success for Chris Woakes when Sam Billings pulled him straight to Jonathan Trott at mid-wicket, before a second wicket partnership of eighty five between Rob Key 44 and Brendan Nash put Kent into a strong position approaching the mid-innings point.

Darren Maddy picked up the wickets of Stevens and Northeast in the same over  and then Patel had Jones brilliantly caught by Evans at square-leg off a full blooded pull shot to leave Kent 141-5 in the twenty seventh over.

Adam Ball 28 played some lusty shots while Tredwell and Coles gave Brendan Nash good support as he held the Kent innings together closing unbeaten and just two runs short of his century with Kent , making 239-8 from their forty overs.

In reply Ian Bell 35 and Varun Chopra got Warwickshire off to a flying start before Bell’s departure in the ninth over with fifty four on the board, but Jonathan Trott’s stay was short, edging Davies to Jones for three.

Porterfield and Chopra’s third wicket partnership of eighty five looked to be taking Warwickshire to victory, but Chopra’a departure for sixty five, caught in the deep by Coles off Tredwell, began a middle-order collapse that saw the Bears slip from 148-2 to 185-8 in less than eight overs.

Jeetan Patel with a series of lusty blows, 2 sixes and 6 fours in his half century from twenty five balls, took Warwickshire to the brink of victory, needing two runs  from the final ball with one wicket in hand.

It wasn’t to be as Patel drove the ball back to Ball the bowler who threw down the stumps with Patel short of his ground, to leave Kent victors by just a single run to take the two points.

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