The Unicorns bade farewell to the Yorkshire Bank 40 with a maiden win of the season over Leicestershire. The defeat ends the Foxes’ semi-final hopes, but provides the Unicorns with a pleasing win in a competition that will no longer include them from next season. Former Derbyshire batsman Matt Lineker was their star with the bat, hitting his second century in less than a week and helping them post a formidable 259 for five from their 40 overs. Lineker added 114 with former Surrey opener Tom Lancefield (38) and 81 with Garry Park (31).
Leicestershire skipper Josh Cobb then got his side off to a brisk start with a 52-ball 53 and put on 89 in 15 overs with Niall O’Brien (44 off 49 balls) for the first-wicket. However, the next highest score was just 25 as Park returned career-best figures of four for 38 and they were all out for 217.
The other Group C clash at Bristol was a tense affair as Gloucestershire triumphed by two wickets off the penultimate ball over Glamorgan to move into a provisional semi-final spot. Their in-form captain Michael Klinger hit 87 off 99 balls and shared 100 with Hamish Marshall (55 of 43 balls) for the first-wicket and 54 with Chris Dent (26 off 32) for the second. However, a steady stream of wickets left the Gladiators needing 34 off the final three overs and it was thanks partly to a cameo of 23 off 14 balls from Benny Howell that they got home. Dean Cosker (2-28), Simon Jones (2-61), Michael Hogan (2-48) and Graham Wagg (2-61) each took a brace of wickets for Glamorgan.
The Welsh side had earlier posted a competitive 247 for seven after opting to bat as Gareth Rees hit 83 at the top of the order. There was then a late knock of 49 off 32 balls from Murray Goodwin, with left-arm spinner Tom Smith the pick of the hosts’ attack with two for 43.
Group A, YB40, Warwickshire v Worcestershire at Edgbaston (1640 BST start)
Both teams are already out of the reckoning for the semi-finals, but the match is a midlands-derby so that should at least provide something to play for. The Bears have named a 12-man squad, which is skippered by Jim Troughton and sees Pete McKay behind the stumps. Chris Woakes, Boyd Rankin and Keith Barker are unavailable due to international commitments.
Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra, William Porterfield, Laurie Evans, Jim Troughton (captain), Darren Maddy, Ateeq Javid, Tom Milnes, Steffan Piolet, Jeetan Patel, Pete McKay, Recardo Gordon, Freddie Coleman.
Weather Forecast: Edgbaston should be mostly sunny with only patchy cloud and temperatures peaking at around 19 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Warwickshire and Scotland batsman Freddie Coleman has received a two-match ban suspended for two years for admitting to a charge of ball tampering during the Bears’ second XI match against Glamorgan earlier this month. Coleman escaped harsher punishment due to his age (21) and guilty plea, as well as the fact that he acted with the knowledge of his captain Paul Best. Because of Best’s involvement the club have been punished with a fine of £5000 and the docking of points gained in the match.
According to the media in India, Gautam Gambhir was Essex’s second-choice as overseas player for the final month of the season. The club apparently approached Virender Sehwag initially but he turned them down.
Zimbabwe fast-bowler Kyle Jarvis has retired from international cricket at the age of 24 and has signed a three-year deal with Lancashire. Jarvis has become the latest Zimbabwe player to turn his back on his country due to non-payment of match fees, with the latest player strike over the issue last week seen as the last straw.
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