Saturday 6 July 2013 

Warwickshire Bears v Glamorgan at Rugby School FLT20

 

In front of a full house of 3,000 spectators enjoying an afternoon of summer sunshine, Warwickshire won the toss and batted, looking to quickly avenge their defeat at the hands of Glamorgan just 3 days earlier.

With Jim Troughton once again ruled out with injury and William Porterfield  away on International duty with Ireland, skipper Varun Chopra with fellow opener Darren Maddy made a brisk start, scoring eighteen from the first eleven deliveries before Maddy pulled a short delivery from Nick James to Chris Cook at deep mid-wicket for eleven off just six deliveries.

After the bright start, the Bears were checked back with the next four overs of the power-play producing just eleven runs and more importantly, the further loss of two more wickets, with Laurie Evans lbw to Hogan for two and Ateeq Javid run out by McCullum’s direct throw.

Chopra and Woakes struggled to break the shackles the Glamorgan bowlers had on the Bears’ batsmen and when McCullum dismissed Chopra for thirty, twelve overs had gone for just sixty seven runs as the Bears were unable to take advantage of a lightning fast outfield.

Woakes 25 and Clarke 21 briefly threatened to hit the Bears towards a challenging total, but both batsmen fell in the sixteenth over within five deliveries of each other and only a late twenty from Piolet brought any substance to the final four overs as the Bears closed on a disappointing 126-8 from their twenty overs.

Michael Hogan returned the impressive figures of 3-11 from his four overs while the Bears managed just nine fours and two sixes in their twenty overs.

In reply, Glamorgan’s opening pair of Mark Wallace and Jim Allenby were in scintillating form picking up eight boundaries in the first four overs before Allenby 24 was caught at mid wicket by Chopra off Wright.

Mark Wallace produced a series of powerful blows adding sixty six for the second wicket with Chris Cook 19 before completing his half century.

After Chris Woakes bowled Cook, Murray Goodwin joined Wallace, taking Glamorgan to a comfortable victory  with Goodwin completing the task with a straight six into the sight screen and fourteen deliveries to spare.

After the match Dougie Brown commented, "We are putting ourselves out of games before we even get into them. In the three T20 games we have played, we have lost the Powerplay massively and from there you are always going to struggle."

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