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Chopra shines once more

Varun Chopra completed a match-winning double for the week as Warwickshire Bears finally registered their first Friends Life t20 victory of the summer when beating Worcestershire Royals by seven wickets at New Road.

Captaining the side in the absence of the injured Jim Troughton, Chopra made 65 from 52 balls in an impressive follow-up to his double century in overcoming Middlesex in the LV= County Championship at Uxbridge.

Facing a Worcestershire total of 188 for five - built around by Moeen Ali's 85 against his former county - Warwickshire got home with an over to spare as veteran Darren Maddy complemented Chopra’s effort. However, the teams remain in the bottom two of the Midlands, Wales & West Group.

Maddy, a 39-year-old who retires at the end of the season, turned the clock back to earlier in his career with Leicestershire in racing to an unbeaten 84 from 42 balls.

He hit nine fours and three sixes, one of which hit a woman spectator on the head.

Yet it could have been different but for a let-off when Chopra was on 10, wicketkeeper Ben Cox missing a clear opportunity to run him out when failing to knock off the bails.

The cost mounted as the third-wicket pair put on 119 in 12 overs, a Warwickshire record for any wicket in the competition, before Chopra was caught at backward square-leg.

The result was tough on Moeen after a superb knock, which included nine fours and four sixes in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,200.

He faced only 42 balls in scooting to a competition-best score and was denied another six only when Laurie Evans pulled down an overhead chance at long-off.

Even with Moeen gone, Worcestershire took 59 from the final five overs - largely the work of Andre Russell, the big-hitting West Indies all-rounder dashing to an unbeaten 47 from 21 deliveries.

Russell crashed five fours and three sixes in his best innings since joining the county for the tournament and gave his side an early boost in the field when holding a superb running catch from Keith Barker.

However, Worcestershire could not contain the irrepressible Maddy and Chris Woakes finished the job with six fours in an unbeaten 28 from nine deliveries; the last 20 runs were knocked off in an over from Jack Shantry.

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