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Crook helps Northants break home duck

Steven Crook starred with bat and ball as Northants Steelbacks claimed their first home win in one-day cricket for two years with victory over Warwickshire Bears in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

The Steelbacks posted 229 for nine from 40 overs, Crook top-scoring with 40 off 29 balls as Chris Wright returned 3-47.

Although Rikki Clarke struck 65 from 76 balls, the Bears - last year’s beaten finalists - then collapsed to 193 all out as Crook returned a career-best haul of 5-40

This was Northants' second consecutive win in the competition and their first in white-ball cricket at Wantage Road since they beat Scotland in May 2011.

Northants won the toss and chose to bat only for Rob Newton to pick out cover off Wright in the second over.

David Sales perished for 26 when he played on to Boyd Rankin, while Kyle Coetzer reached 35 before being caught behind off Ateeq Javid.

Alex Wakely and Matthew Spriegel each matched Coetzer’s score, the former being bowled by Patel and Spriegel falling victim to Will Porterfield’s throw from long-off.

Wright then bowled Andrew Hall for one and James Middlebrook was taken at point by Porterfield off the same bowler before Steffan Piolet struck twice in the penultimate over to oust Crook and Trent Copeland.

Warwickshire were soon in trouble as Crook, pictured above, picked up two wickets in the second over of the reply.

Varun Chopra was lbw for two and Jim Troughton slashed to point, where substitute fielder Rob Keogh made no mistake.

Things soon got worse for the Bears as Tim Ambrose was run out attempting a quick single from the only ball he faced.

Clarke and Porterfield rebuilt the innings with a stand of 101 that left the game in the balance, but Northants were not to be denied.

Porterfield perished for 47, taken at point off Copeland, and Spriegel had Darren Maddy caught behind before Clarke was stumped off Hall.

Crook was then brought back into the attack in the 32nd over and soon bowled Piolet for a four-ball duck before pinning Patel lbw.

The seamer then completed his first five-wicket haul in one-day cricket by taking out Wright's off stump and Hall rounded off proceedings by bowling Javid for a breezy 31.

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