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Warwickshire win by 7 wickets

Worcs vs Warwicks

Friends Life t20: Warwickshire beat Worcestershire by seven wickets

Darren Maddy: Important innings for Warwickshire

Warwickshire notched their first Friends Life t20 win of the season with a seven-wicket victory over fellow strugglers Worcestershire at New Road.

The Bears leapfrogged the Royals at the foot of the Midland/Wales/West Division after reaching a testing target of 189 with an over to spare.

Opening batsman Moeen Ali smashed a quickfire 85 as the hosts made 188-5, but Darren Maddy, who recently announced he is to retire at the end of the season, answered Ali's knock with an unbeaten 84 for the visitors.

Ali's 85 came off only 42 balls and featured nine fours and six sixes before he fell off the final ball of the 14th over when he was caught by Laurie Evans off the bowling of Ateeq Javid.

Ali was given good support by Alexei Kervezee (21) in a second-wicket stand of 66, while Andre Russell maintained the impetus after Ali's departure by hitting 47 not out from just 21 deliveries.

Rikki Clarke was the pick of the Warwickshire bowlers with 2-15 from three overs.

William Porterfield lasted just three balls before being caught by Russell off the bowling of Jack Shantry for a duck as the Bears began their reply.

Keith Barker could then only muster three runs but stand-in skipper Varun Chopra remained solid at the other end, although he should have been run out for 10 when wicketkeeper Ben Cox failed to knock off the bails.

That missed proved costly as Chopra made 65 from 52 balls, sharing in a stand of 119 with Maddy.

Maddy, 39, was in superb form, hitting hit nine fours and three sixes - one of which hit a woman spectator on the head - in his 42-ball innings, while some hard hitting from Chris Woakes finished the job.

Woakes slammed six fours in an unbeaten 28 from nine balls as the last 20 runs required were scored in one over from Shantry.

Match Details

12th Jul 2013
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
New Road, Worcester
N G B Cook, P Willey


Batsman R
W.T.S. Porterfield c Russell b Shantry 0
V. Chopra c Choudhry b Leach 65
K.H.D. Barker c Shantry b Andrew 3
D.L. Maddy Not out 84
C.R. Woakes Not out 28
Extras 5w, 4lb 9
Total 19.0 Overs 189 - 3
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
J.D. Shantry 4 0 40 1
A.D. Russell 3 0 36 0
G.M. Andrew 4 0 32 1
J. Leach 4 0 38 1
M.M. Ali 1 0 12 0
D.K.H. Mitchell 1 0 8 0
S.H. Choudhry 1 0 11 0
B.L. D'Oliveira 1 0 8 0
Full Bowling Card