Wednesday 30 July 2014 

Warwickshire v Sussex, Royal London One-Day Cup


Varun Chopra won the toss at Edgbaston and batted first against Sussex and, with fellow opener William Porterfield, posted a huge opening partnership of 160 from just over 32 overs. Both openers completed half centuries before Porterfield was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Machan off Beer for 83.

Jonathan Trott 15 and Laurie Evans 7 were unable to take full advantage of the strong start as Warwickshire added just 60 in the next 12 overs before Chopra completed his century from 127 balls and with Rikki Clarke 31 off 22 balls, helped lift the total to 273-5 from the 50 overs.

Varun Chopra was finally dismissed for 111 with five fours and a six.

In reply Sussex made a positive start with Ed Joyce and Luke Wells scoring freely through the off side posting an opening stand of 71 before Boyd Rankin struck, bowling Wells for 22 in the 15th over.

This started a collapse when Rankin had Joyce caught by Chopra for 47 and the hard hitting Craig Cachopa was caught at mid-off by Clarke off Poysden for five.

Jeetan Patel then struck twice as Machan was stumped for a duck and Nash trapped at the crease, lbw for six.

71-0 had become 89-5 in just six overs as Sussex struggled to re-build their response, still needing 185 to win from 29 overs.

A terrific catch, standing up, by Tim Ambrose off Ateeq Javid brought an end to Ashar Zaidi 11 and then Patel took his fourth wicket when he had Brown caught by Porterfield for 12 as the wickets continued to tumble.

Arafat was stumped by Tim Ambrose off Patel and then Ollie Hannon-Dalby wrapped up the innings with the final two wickets as Sussex were dismissed for 155 in the 40th over leaving Warwickshire winners by an impressive 118 runs.


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