Warwickshire v Somerset, Royal London One Day Cup
Warwickshire were without Varun Chopra for the visit of Somerset to Edgbaston in their latest Royal London 50 over match, where they were keen to return to winning ways after the defeat at Durham in the previous match.
William Porterfield, the stand-in skipper in the absence of both Jim Troughton and Varun Chopra, won the toss and put Somerset, with ex-Bears Alfonso Thomas and on loan Tim Groenewald, in to bat.
There was an early success when Nick Compton was bowled by Rikki Clarke for 12, but a second wicket partnership of 69 from 14 overs was brought to an end when Recordo Gordon ran out Marcus Trescothick for 41 from 58 deliveries.
Peter Trego was in dominant form and with Colin Ingram 47 added 92 runs in the next 16 overs before Ingram was bowled by Gordon.
Tim Groenewald demonstrated some of the big hitting remembered from his time at Edgbaston, making 57 from just 35 balls and sharing in a partnership of 87 in just ten overs, during which Trego completed his century before falling to Jeetan Patel two deliveries later.
Groenewald fell to Gordon in the next over, but Hildreth and Barrow added 24 more runs from the final 15 deliveries before the Somerset innings closed on a very challenging 298-5 from their 50 overs.
In reply Warwickshire found progress difficult after losing Porterfield 3 from Thomas’ first ball in the second over.
Jonathan Trott and Freddie Coleman added 43 before Groenewald picked up Trott’s wicket for 29 and then Coleman 25 fell to Leach.
Tim Ambrose and Laurie Evans added 51 for the fourth wicket, but the good work was undone when Groenewald dismissed Ambrose 33 and Rikki Clarke second ball for nought, in the same over.
Evans reached his half century before becoming Thomas’ second victim and the last four wickets tumbled for the addition of just 27 runs from the next 32 deliveries as the innings closed in the 41st over on 181 leaving Somerset comprehensive victors by 117 runs.