Warwickshire strangle Northants
Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel each took three wickets as Warwickshire beat Northamptonshire by six wickets in their Friends Life t20 encounter at Wantage Road.
The Bears bowled out a side for less than 100 in a 20-over match for the first time as they skittled the Steelbacks for 96, with Barker taking 3-18 and New Zealand off-spinner Patel 3-19.
Johan Botha, with 28 off 26 balls, top-scored for the hosts before the visitors comfortably reached their small target with 10 deliveries to spare, Darren Maddy going past 2,000 t20 runs in the process.
Warwickshire chose to bowl and Rob Newton soon launched Chris Woakes high to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, who took the catch at square-leg.
Alex Wakely chipped Woakes to Barker at mid-on as the Steelbacks posted a paltry 17 for two from the batting powerplay.
Northants captain Andrew Hall departed when he slashed Barker to Neil Carter at fine-leg before Rob White smashed Steffan Piolet straight to Woakes at long-off.
Stephen Peters perished when he mis-timed his attempted drive off Patel and was stumped by Ambrose.
James Middlebrook joined the procession when he launched Piolet to Woakes at long-off as it took the Steelbacks until the 15th over to reach 50.
Patel then took two wickets in consecutive balls as Botha found Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton at midwicket and David Willey was trapped in front.
Barker followed suit in the final over when David Murphy, who made 20, hammered him to Troughton at mid-off before Jack Brooks was caught at long-on by Will Porterfield.
The Bears lost Carter for a duck in the first over when he sliced Hall to Peters at gully.
Ireland skipper Porterfield was then given a life when he edged Brooks but was dropped by Murphy.
However, Murphy had his man in the eighth over when he stumped Porterfield for 20 as he chased Middlebrook’s delivery.
Varun Chopra was then run out for 34 off 38 balls after colliding with Maddy while going for a single, with Peters having the easy task of throwing to the wicketkeeper’s end from fine-leg.
Maddy holed out on 26 by blasting Willey to Wakely at long-on before Troughton claimed the winning single off Lee Daggett.