Thursday 25 July 2013 

Warwickshire Bears v Gloucestershire, Friends Life t20

 

After their mauling from the hands of Somerset at Taunton on Sunday, the Warwickshire Bears were looking to return to winning ways against the Gloucestershire Gladiators when the sides met at Edgbaston just ten days after Warwickshire had beaten them in a low scoring match at Cheltenham.

Varun Chopra won the toss and unlike in the previous t20 match against Somerset, chose to field first on what looked to be a good wicket.

Early strikes from Javid and Clarke removed Dent for just a single and Christian without scoring, but Klinger and Cockbain steadied the visitors innings adding forty one in seven overs.

Marshall 17, threatened to hit his way to a score before he drove Javid to Clarke at long-on and Gidman’s brief flurry was halted when Maddy had him caught on the short extra cover boundary by Freddie Coleman, making his senior debut for the Bears.

Throughout this, Gladiators skipper, Michael Klinger continued to score rapidly, passing his half century with three sixes until Patel bowled him and then Young first ball before Ben Howell’s late charge took Gloucestershire to  145-7 from their twenty overs.

In  reply, William Porterfield 34 and Varun Chopra 37 got the Bears off to a good start and Rikki Clarke promoted to number three smashed a rapid forty with three sixes.

Darren Maddy 17* now partnered by Laurie Evans picked up from where Clarke left off to see the Bears over the line for the loss of just three wickets with fourteen balls to spare

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