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Royal London Cup
Fri 12 August, 11:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Warwickshire

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Report: Warwickshire v Sussex, Royal London Cup

An accomplished century from Rob Yates lifted Warwickshire to a thrilling four-run Royal London Cup win over Sussex at Edgbaston.  

The victory extended the Bears’ unbeaten start to the group campaign while leaving Sussex with a second defeat to go with their two wins. 

Warwickshire were lifted to a meaty 314 for six by Yates’ second List A ton, 114 from 111 balls, supported by aggressive knocks from Will Rhodes (76, 70) and Michael Burgess (58, 51). Bradley Currie led Sussex’s bowling with two for 51 while Aristides Karvelas picked up two late wickets to end with two for 44.  

Sussex’s gallant reply fell short on 306 for seven despite Cheteshwar Pujara’s classy century (107, 79) and Ali Orr’s 81 (102) as Krunal Pandya took three for 51, George Garrett two for 50 and Olly Hannon-Dalby two for 55. 

After choosing to bat, Warwickshire were given a sound platform with an opening stand of 69 in 15 overs between Yates and Hamza Shaikh. Sixteen-year-old Bears product Shaikh looked comfortable on his debut before he was run out when Yates called for a very sharp single. 

Rhodes raced to a 53-ball half-century against a Sussex attack that stuck to their task well in perfect batting conditions and intense heat. With Yates anchoring the innings skilfully, the second wicket added 131 in 19 overs before Rhodes, having just scooped Henry Crocombe for six, ladled the next ball to deep square leg.  

At 235 for two from 39 overs, Warwickshire were well-placed to go huge but a brake was applied by an excellent over from Currie. He dislodged Yates with one that nipped away to take the edge and, two balls later, dismissed Pandya for a duck in similar fashion. 

Burgess smote three fours and three sixes vigorous to ensure that his former team would have to chase over 300: a substantial target but about par in the conditions. 

Sussex’s reply was briskly launched by their young top order. Orr advanced to a 67-ball half-century supported by perky cameos from Harrison Ward (24, 36) and Clark (30, 43) before both chipped catches up to the infield. 

Orr was closing in on his second List A century when he pulled Pandya to deep square leg. When Tom Alsop chipped Garrett to mid-wicket, Sussex were leaning heavily on Pujara as they started the last ten overs needing 102.  

Delray Rawings slog-swept Pandya to deep square and Danial Ibrahim sliced Garrett to backward point but Pujara raced from 50 to 100 in just 22 balls, taking 22 off a Liam Norwell over, to keep Sussex in the game. 

They needed 20 from the last two overs but, from the first of those 12 balls, Pujara was yorked by Hannon-Halby. A composed last over from Garrett concluded with Karvelas needing to hit the final ball for six – he managed just a single to resounding cheers from a big crowd which had richly enjoyed a fine match. 

U16s go FREE to Royal London Cup this summer

Edgbaston will host four 50-over Royal London Cup matches during the summer school holidays this August.

Under 16s will go free to all matches, while adult tickets are only £15. Purchase your tickets in advance today.

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Preview: Warwickshire v Sussex, Royal London Cup

Where and when

Edgbaston Stadium, Friday 12 August, 11am.

Wicketkeeper Michael Burgess said…

“A win and a tie is a good start. We have started solidly and if we can get another win against Sussex we will have a really strong foundation. Then the games come thick and fast so hopefully we can keep that momentum high.”

Recent form

Bears:  WLWWT 
Sussex:  LWLWW 

Head-to-head

Played 46, Bears 26, Sussex 18, No Result 2. 

Blast from the past

Warwickshire’s team of the glorious mid-1990s was very much a collective but when Sussex visited Edgbaston for an Axa Equity & Law game in 1995 they were pretty much beaten by two men called Smith. Paul scored 85 out of the Bears’ 180 and then took four wickets while Neil snared six as the visitors hurtled from 83 without loss to 166 all out.

Who’s hot?

Krunal Pandya. Oozed class on his way to 74 from 82 balls at the Kia Oval last Sunday.

Look out for

Cheteshwar Pujara. India batter averages 43 from 96 Test matches and is a high class player. He will come up against his international teammate in Krunal Pandya. 

Bears squad   

Will Rhodes (Captain) 
Ethan Brookes 
Michael Burgess 
Olly Hannon-Dalby 
Manraj Johal
Amir Khan
Matt Lamb 
Liam Norwell 
Krunal Pandya 
Hamza Shaikh
Che Simmons
Kai Smith 
Rob Yates 

How to Follow

Members and supporters can follow the match live in our Match Centre at edgbaston.com, which will include a free to watch Live Stream, with BBC commentary, and a live text commentary.

Supporters can get involved by sending their match day comments and thoughts to matchday@edgbaston.com, and we’ll publish the best ones on our live text commentary in the Match Centre.

Supporters can also watch the Live Stream and get instant push notifications of all wickets, innings and match results via the Edgbaston app, which is free to download on iOS and Android.

Match updates will also be available across the Club’s social media accounts, simply search for @WarwickshireCCC.

Next up

Sunday 14 August, Leicestershire v Warwickshire, Uptonsteel County Ground, 11am.

U16s go FREE to Royal London Cup this summer

Edgbaston will host four 50-over Royal London Cup matches during the summer school holidays this August.

Under 16s will go free to all matches, while adult tickets are only £15. Purchase your tickets in advance today.

Buy Tickets
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