Warwickshire Bears v Worcestershire, Yorkshire Bank 40
Darren Mitchell won the toss at Edgbaston and chose to bat against a Bears’ side weakened by International call-ups and players being rested for the LV=County Championship match against Somerset starting the following morning.
With neither side able to progress beyond the group stages of the competition, this was very much playing for “local pride” and Worcestershire skipper Mitchell and fellow opener Moeen Ali were determined to take full advantage of a good wicket and the Bears’ weakened attack.
Mitchell raced to his fifty before Maddy bowled him for sixty from forty nine deliveries after an opening partnership of 104 in just fourteen overs.
Moeen completed his century, his seventh in List “A” cricket, and now partnered by Alex Kervezee, added 113 for the second wicket before McKay stumped him off Patel for 114.
Kervezee completed his fifty but then Patel 4-43 and Piolet 3-74 took a clutch of late wickets to prevent Worcestershire reaching 300 which had looked almost a certainty earlier in the innings.
A late flurry from wicketkeeper Cox 24* helped the visitors reach 291=9 after Piolet had clean bowled three batsmen in his final over.
In reply the Bears lost Porterfield and Troughton both for five, inside the opening four overs when they were 13-2 and when Varun Chopra 7 was caught off a mistimed drive by Fell, Graeme Cessford had taken all three wickets in his first four overs.
Freddie Coleman 23 was caught in the deep off Moeen Ali and then Daryl Mitchell bowled both Ateeq Javid 18 and Darren Maddy 14 as both men tried to pull him across the line through mid-wicket.
Mitchell collected his third wicket of the evening when Piolet was caught at long-on by Whiteley for eight and after a brief spell of resistance between Evans and Milnes, Morris had Milnes sharply caught at short mid wicket by Samaraweera for sixteen.
Patel 1 was caught in the deep by Kervezee off Moeen and McKay edged Cessford to Mitchell at slip to leave Warwickshire all out for 151 and losing by 140 runs.
Laurie Evans top scored with an unbeaten forty seven as the Bears were dismissed with twenty five balls to spare.