Saturday 1 June 2013 

Worcestershire v Warwickshire Bears, Yorkshire Bank 40


Jim Troughton lost the toss and Daryl Mitchell decided to bat first as the Bears looked to build on their confidence inducing victory over Sussex in the week, with back-to-back victories.

An early chance was spurned when Patel at extra-cover was unable to hold on to a straight forward chance from Moeen Ali off Wright, when the former Bear was on five.

The Bears were made to pay, as Ali and Mitchell posted an opening partnership of ninety five in less than fifteen overs before Ali 56 was lbw to a full delivery from Piolet.

Ateeq Javid bowled Kervezee missing an attempted  sweep while a superb pick up and throw from Jim Troughton found Samaraweera  short of his ground.

Ateeq Javid, Steffan Piolet and Darren Maddy put a brake on the home side’s scoring rate, with some tight middle innings bowling but, on a slow wicket, the  partnership of sixty between Mitchell 71 and Kapil 42 looked to be taking Worcestershire to a testing total, before Wright bowled the Pears’ skipper with a full length delivery, hastening a late-order collapse.

Patel bowled Andrew and followed up with the wickets of D’Oliveira and Shantry before the innings closed on 210-9 with Darren Maddy 2-27 from his eight overs, the pick of the Bears’ attack.

In reply, Warwickshire looked to be making a comfortable start to their innings until Porterfield 16 was lbw to Richardson in the fourth over, but Chopra 22 and Troughton appeared to have put the Bears in charge, with a positive second wicket partnership of forty three in eight overs until Chopra’s savage drive off Mitchell’s bowling was brilliantly caught by Ali at deep mid-on.

Troughton 31 was then run out by Kapil’s direct hit when attempting a second, unlikely run,  finding himself just short of his ground and when Ambrose’s loose chip off his pads to Cox at square-leg off Mitchell saw a fourth wicket down, Warwickshire were looking unsteady at 101-4 in the twenty second over.

Patel 15, Clarke 24 and Hain 1, on debut, all followed quickly as the Bears looked to force the slow bowlers, and when Maddy trying to pull a short delivery from D’Oliveira through mid-wicket was lbw, eight wickets were down for just one hundred and forty one with ten overs remaining.

Steff Piolet and Ateeq Javid threw the bat and brought Warwickshire back into the match with a ninth wicket, run-a-ball  partnership of forty seven, before Richardson bowled Piolet for thirty including two sixes.

Needing twenty three from the last two overs, Javid pulled Ali for consecutive sixes, to leave just eleven required from ten deliveries, but after completing a first run, Javid and Wright’s misunderstanding resulted in Wright being stranded mid-wicket as Kervezee’s accurate throw to Mitchell brought the Bears’ rely to a halt, nine runs short of victory.

Javid was left unbeaten on forty as the innings closed on two hundred and one all out from 39.3 overs.

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