Warwickshire Bears v Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Friends Life t20
The Bears needed to win this important Group match against the Northants Steelbacks to keep their interest in the competition alive at Edgbaston, having won their previous two matches.
Varun Chopra won the toss and elected to field and was rewarded immediately when Clarke bowled South African, Richard Levi with his first delivery for two.
In the next over a superb piece of fielding by Steff Piolet at mid on saw him pick up and break the stumps at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit to run out Australian Cameron White also for two.
Boyd Rankin’s short delivery was chopped into his stumps by Wakely and after beginning to look threatening, Crook lofted Piolet to long off where Chris Woakes took a good catch.
Coetzer 33 also fell to Piolet who then bowled Willey while Jeetan Patel joined in bowling Middlebrook with Northants 91-7 in the fifteenth over.
Returning to his pace men, Chopra saw Woakes collect the wickets of Murphy and Daggett while Rankin had Spriegel well caught by Porterfield as Northants were dismissed for 111 with four deliveries to spare.
In reply Porterfield and Chopra started well before the Bears’ captain drove Willey straight to Wakely at extra cover and next ball Laurie Evans swipe at a full toss, saw his stumps splayed with the Bears 17-2 after three overs.
Porterfield played some strong offside shots before his partner Darren Maddy was lbw to Daggett, attempting to clear the short leg-side boundary.
Porterfield 26 was then caught in the deep by Levi off Crook bringing Chris Woakes and Rikki Clarke together with eighty five still needed from twelve overs.
Some clean hitting by Clarke from a Middlebrook over kept Warwickshire up with the required rate but then both batsmen were dismissed within the space of nine runs and with twenty three needed from twenty four balls Javid and Piolet then took the Bears to within six runs of victory with nine balls remaining when Javid went to Azharullah.
Jeetan Patel ended any lingering hopes the Steelbacks held of an unexpected victory when hitting Spriegel for a six over the fielder’s head at wide long-on to give the Bears victory by 3 wickets with three balls to spare