Royal London Cup
Thu 29 July, 11:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Warwickshire

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Warwickshire

Leicestershire

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Report: Warwickshire v Leicestershire, Royal London Cup

Warwickshire completed back-to-back Royal London Cup wins with a pulsating seven-run victory over Leicestershire at Edgbaston. 

Chasing the Bears’ 303 for six, the Foxes were motoring at 216 for two in the 35th over but collapsed to 296 for nine with home captain Will Rhodes taking three for 49 and George Garrett three for 50. 

Warwickshire were lifted over 300 by a maiden List A century from Matt Lamb (119 not out, 105 balls). After Rob Yates’s stylish 72 (72 balls), Lamb and Ethan Brookes (63, 65 balls) added a Bears List A sixth-wicket record stand of 153. 

Foxes openers Patel (118, 107 balls) and Harry Swindells (69, 71 balls) then gave their side the perfect start with a stand of 159 in 25 overs but some careless shots, punished by careful catching, set in motion a costly collapse. 

After choosing to bat, Warwickshire lost Ed Pollock, bowled by Dieter Klein, second ball. Yates and Rhodes then added 53 in eight overs before Arron Lilley hit Rhodes’s off-stump. 

Yates batted beautifully and it was a surprise when, having just smote a straight six, he sought another in the next over, off Rehan Ahmed, and found Marcus Harris at long on. 

When George Rhodes trapped Jake Bethell lbw, it was 121 for five, but Lamb batted with assurance and Brookes was immediately assertive. Their alliance reversed the momentum until a superb diving catch by Patel at extra cover removed Brookes.  

Lamb posted a 94-ball hundred to become the third Bear, after Yates and Pollock, to score maiden List A tons in successive games. 

It was a tall target for the Foxes but Patel and Swindells made swift inroads, scoring 100 in 15 overs. Each hit six fours on the way to 50, from 39 and 55 balls respectively, Patel also striking two sixes. 

Swindells fell lbw when he missed a pull at Bethell and, though Harris was soon run out by Brookes, the Foxes looked well set but Patel’s departure, caught at deep mid-wicket by Lamb off Manraj Johal, triggered freefall. 

Wicketkeeper Burgess took centre stage with catches to remove Lewis Hill, George Rhodes, Lilley and Louis Kimber and suddenly the Foxes’ last two wickets needed to find 38. 

When Garrett bowled Klein, last pair Chris Wright and Ed Barnes needed 17 from nine balls.  Fittingly, Rhodes closed the game out with a tight last over of a true captain’s spell of bowling.

Preview: Warwickshire v Leicestershire Foxes, Royal London Cup

Warwickshire face Leicestershire in the Royal London Cup at Edgbaston seeking to build on the momentum of an excellent victory over Derbyshire at Derby. 

Led by a high-class maiden List A century from Ed Pollock, the depleted Bears outplayed Derbyshire yesterday to win by eight wickets and open their RLC points account at the third attempt. 

Another victory over the Foxes tomorrow would put Will Rhodes’s side right back in the mix for qualification for the knockout stage. 

“It was a great win for us at Derby,” said Pollock. “We realised that we had made a slow start in the competition and maybe should have won at least one of the first two games, so it was important for us to get a win on the board and put ourselves back in contention. 

“I was very pleased to score a century. You could say it has been a while coming and I have owed the team a few runs over the years, but it was just very pleasing to get the job done and be there at the end. One of my targets at the start of the year was to see off a few run chases.” 

Another star of the win at Derby was debutant spinner Karl Carver, signed on a short-term deal on the eve of the match to shore up a Bears bowling department missing 12 senior bowlers. 

Carver took an impressive two for 35 to put himself in contention for a home debut against the Foxes tomorrow. 

Squad

Will Rhodes (c), Jacob Bethell, Ethan Brookes, Jordan Bulpitt, Michael Burgess (wk), Karl Carver, George Garrett, Manraj Johal, Matt Lamb, Ed Pollock, Kiel van Vollenhoven, Rob Yates.

How to follow

Members and supporters can watch the live stream from Leicestershire via the Match Centre on edgbaston.com and through the Edgbaston app (available for free on iOS and Android).

Live scorecard

The match live scorecard will appear here once the match is in play.

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