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Notts stay perfect

Michael Lumb's aggressive 57 helped Nottinghamshire Outlaws maintain their winning start to the Yorkshire Bank 40 with a seven-wicket triumph over Warwickshire Bears in a rain-interrupted contest at Edgbaston.

The England Twenty20 international struck nine fours and a six during a 41-ball knock that ensured Notts, initially set 194 from 30 overs, were well ahead of the rate when another stoppage reduced the target.

When play resumed, the visitors needed just 21 from 20 balls to reach their revised mark of 133 in 21 overs. That proved a formality as the composed James Taylor finished unbeaten on 39.

Warwickshire's total of 186 for seven off 30 overs, based around Rikki Clarke's first one-day half-century in a year, appeared competitive.

However, Lumb soon made it look inadequate as he contributed 43 to an opening stand of 52 with a subdued Alex Hales.

Lumb had mustered only 16 runs in his previous three innings in the competition, but was quickly into his stride, taking three fours from Chris Woakes' opening over before driving Chris Wright down the ground for six.

Woakes and Wright both absorbed heavy punishment, but off-spinner Jeetan Patel struck with his first ball when Hales shovelled a catch to Ateeq Javid at midwicket.

Lumb raced to a 28-ball half century but was also undone by a bowling change as he played on to Steffan Piolet’s opening delivery, a clever slower ball.

Samit Patel holed out to deep square-leg in Boyd Rankin's first over, just before umpires Neil Bainton and Steve O'Shaughnessy took the players off for rain.

It was therefore left to Taylor, in the company of Riki Wessels, to finish the job that Lumb had started.

Warwickshire managed only 29 in their mandatory eight-over powerplay and - thanks to Lumb's superb strokeplay - Nottinghamshire needed only 18 balls to pass that figure.

Warwickshire's innings was twice interrupted early on by hailstorms, with overs being lost on both occasions.

The hosts stuttered as Varun Chopra struggled to time the ball, but Clarke got the innings going after he was promoted up the order by lifting Samit Patel for six over long-on.

Chopra grafted for his 42 before falling lbw sweeping Steven Mullaney, while the more fluent Clarke brought up a 42-ball fifty in the penultimate over of the innings.

Clarke, who was eventually bowled attempting to pull Jake Ball, was given spirited support by Tim Ambrose and Piolet, who provided late acceleration with unselfish cameos, but Warwickshire are still seeking their first 40-over win of the year.

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