Gloucestershire v Warwickshire
First Festival T20 Brings Defeat
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14 July 2013
Warwickshire Won By 6 Wkts
Unheralded off spinner Ateeq Javid claimed career-best Twenty20 figures of 4-17 as Warwickshire comfortably beat Gloucestershire by six wickets in a one-sided Midland/Wales & West contest at Cheltenham.
If a full-house crowd of 5,000 expected to witness a run fest at a traditionally high-scoring venue, they were made to rethink as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 96 in 18.4 overs on a slow pitch that offered assistance to spin.
Warwickshire made relatively quick work of chasing, reaching their target with 2.5 overs to spare thanks to a match-winning knock of 33 from Varun Chopra.
Having had an opportunity to assess the pitch, Warwickshire’s captain adopted a low-risk approach, scoring a majority of his runs behind square and sharing in stands of 27, 29 and 27 with Will Porterfield, Laurie Evans and Rikki Clarke respectively to render Warwickshire’s second win in five games a certainty.
Former England one-day international Clarke saw the visitors home with an unbeaten 22 from 20 balls.
Gloucestershire’s chances of making the quarter-finals are all but gone following a fourth defeat in five games.
Just as they did when losing to Somerset and Worcestershire in previous outings, they lost early wickets and never recovered from 29-3 in the fifth over.
Openers Hamish Marshall and Michael Klinger surrendered their wickets to poor shots, the former hoisting 21-year-old Javid to long-on, the latter driving a half volley from Clarke straight to cover.
Tempted by a short-pitched delivery from England international Chris Woakes, Ian Cockbain then holed out to Evans on the deep square leg boundary as the power-play yielded a wholly inadequate 33 runs.
Worse followed for the home side when they lost a further three batsmen for the addition of three runs in a seven-ball spell that reduced their innings to tatters.
Overseas signing Dan Christian chipped a delivery that stopped on him from Javid to short mid-wicket for six and in-form left-hander Chris Dent departed later in the same over, sweeping to deep square leg, having scored 33 at a run a ball with 4 fours.
Benny Howell was bowled by Steffan Piolet’s seam up and James Fuller gave off spinner Laurie Evans the charge and was comprehensively stumped by teenager Peter McKay, at which point Gloucestershire were 71-7 in the 14th over and in all kinds of trouble.
Alex Gidman struck the only six of the innings high over long-on in the 17th over but, when he attempted a repeat two balls later and was caught at deep mid-wicket, any prospect of a competitive score disappeared with him.
New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel then mopped up the tail, removing Tom Smith and Richard Coughtrie to finish with 2-18.
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Michael Klinger | Hamish Marshall | Christopher Dent | Daniel Christian | Alex Gidman | Ian Cockbain | Benny Howell | Richard Coughtrie | James Fuller | Tom Smith | David Payne |
Varun Chopra | William Porterfield | Laurie Evans | Darren Maddy | Rikki Clarke | Frederick Coleman | Christopher Woakes | Ateeq Javid | Steffan Piolet | Jeetan Patel | Peter McKay |