Twenty20 Cup - Midlands/West/Wales Division
Northamptonshire 102-9 Innings Complete v Warwickshire 106-1 (N M Carter 52)
Warwickshire beat Northamptonshire by 9 wkts
Warwickshire's nine-wicket Twenty20 Cup win against Northamptonshire in Milton Keynes has allowed them to overhaul the home side at the top of their division.
Neil Carter's 52 helped send the Bears onto winning ways, the 33-year-old hitting four sixes and five fours off just 28 deliveries.
Jonathan Trott and Jim Troughton then steered Warwickshire home with 4.3 overs to spare and bring an abrupt end to Northants' winning start to the season.
Earlier Ant Botha (3-15) and Chris Martin (2-15) rattled through the home side's batsmen, who posted their lowest ever Twenty20 Cup total of 102.
Having won the toss, Rob White made one boundary before being caught by Ian Salisbury in the slips off Martin.
The New Zealander then dismissed Niall O'Brien (nine) before David Sales (3), Andrew Hall (14) and Nicky Boje (five) went in quick succession.
Riki Wessels hit the match's first six in the ninth over but he fell for 14 as South African compatriot Botha took a simple caught and bowled.
Johan van der Wath and Steven Crook both departed for two and by the time Botha claimed his third victim in Lance Klusener (12), the home side were 67-9.
Nevertheless, Johann Louw (21 no) and Jason Brown (13 no) stuck around to give Warwickshire a three-figure target to chase down.
Carter set about the task by hitting van der Wath for six before pulling him for another in the third over. Two overs later, he pulled Crook for another six and two fours.
Two consecutive sixes off Crook saw him pass his half-century but his innings ended when Brown had him caught and bowled at the start of the ninth over.
Fellow opener Trott (24 no) was joined at the crease by Troughton (27 no) and together they eased Warwickshire home.