Sam Hain and William Porterfield steered Warwickshire to a perfect start in their defence of the Royal London Cup with a 10-wicket win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Having bowled the home side out for 151 inside the revised allocation of 30 overs, Hain and Porterfield made light work of the Duckworth-Lewis target of 159, winning with four overs to spare.
Especially after the start to my season in the red-ball game I felt a bit of pressure coming into this competition so it’s nice to get on the board here with a few runs.Sam Hain
The damage was done with 51 runs in the six-over Powerplay as Hain gave the chase a bright start. He cut and then punched Richard Gleeson off the back foot for his first two boundaries and drove Nathan Buck beautifully past mid-on.
A perfectly-timed flick through midwicket brought him a half-century in just 30 balls with 10 fours.
His unbeaten 89 were welcome runs for Hain who lost his place in Warwickshire’s County Championship side and an excellent start in the competition in which he was the leading run scorer last season.
Porterfield merely had to stand and watch his partner in the early stages but also found his touch with an uppercut off Steven Crook and a reverse sweep against Graeme White. He brought up his own fifty in 63 balls and struck the winning boundary off Josh Cobb.
The pair, who shared 180 for the opening wicket to help their side beat Northants at Edgbaston last season, ground their opponents down again with the home side finding nothing in response to a poor effort with the bat.
Northants, having been sent in on a cold gloomy day, were certainly not helped by three delays due to varying amounts of drizzle, but failed to develop any significant partnerships.
Ben Duckett fell for just 7 in a fine opening spell from Rikki Clarke, slapping straight to extra-cover. Alex Wakely then chipped a catch back to the bowler, smartly taken down low by Clarke, who took 2 for 18 in his seven overs, either side of rain delays.
Cobb settled well after driving Chris Wright down the ground for his opening boundary. He muscled debutant Grant Thornton over the midwicket fence but to the final ball of an Oliver Hannon-Dalby over in which he had already taken two boundaries, holed out to long-on for 33.
Thereafter, Rob Keogh played smartly in a 64-ball half-century but received no support. Adam Rossington mistimed a drive down the ground and was caught by Hain running round from long-on for just 13, Crook rocked back to cut Jeetan Patel, missed and lost his off bail for just 2, two excellent run-outs were effected by Porterfield from backward point before Hannon-Dalby cleaned up the tail with two caught and bowled dismissals.
Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain said: “Especially after the start to my season in the red-ball game I felt a bit of pressure coming into this competition so it’s nice to get on the board here with a few runs.
“I’m a little stumped to why it hasn’t happened in the Championship but I have no qualms about my white ball game and now I have a block of games to work with now.”
Warwickshire entertain Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Bank Holiday Monday (1 May) at Edgbaston; 11am start.
Adult tickets are priced at £15 at all times, whilst Under 16s go completely FREE.