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Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton led by example with a half-century in his side's seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire in the Friends Life t20 Midlands/Wales/West Group match at Wantage Road.

Australia international Cameron White hammered 39 off just 24 balls as the Steelbacks posted 153 for seven, with England limited-overs seamer Chris Woakes taking 3-27.

The Bears then maintained their push for a quarter-final berth by easily chasing down their target, with 23 balls to spare, for the loss of just three wickets as Troughton smashed a brilliant unbeaten 68 off 49 deliveries.

Rikki Clarke offered support with 48 off 31 balls as Northants' run without a home win in this competition was extended to 13 matches.

Jim Troughton

Bears captain Jim Troughton hits an unbeaten 68 off 49 balls to guide Warwickshire to a seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire

The Steelbacks won the toss and chose to bat but they lost their captain Alex Wakely with the fifth delivery of their innings when he edged Woakes to wicketkeeper Richard Johnson.

Paul Best then dismissed Kyle Coetzer for 24 when he was scooped to Stefan Piolet at short fine-leg.

David Willey was run out for 22 by Woakes, scurrying in from backward point, two balls later when White attempted to steal a quick single off Best.

After White smashed Jeetan Patel for 28 in the 16th over, Rob Newton, who made a 26-ball 38, holed out to deep extra-cover off Darren Maddy.

White followed with the next ball when he swept Maddy to Patel at third man before Steelbacks’ wicketkeeper David Murphy chipped Woakes to Laurie Evans at point and the same bowler skittled Rob Keogh.

Chasing 154, Warwickshire lost Chopra for a golden duck in the first over when he played former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas on to his stumps.

Vaas then trapped Clarke lbw before he could complete his half-century to break a second-wicket stand of 85 with Troughton.

Troughton stuck around to reach 50 off 35 balls, but Maddy bowed out for just two when he was pinned lbw by Con de Lange.

A crushing win for the Bears was sealed with a single by Troughton off de Lange in the 17th over, leaving Evans unbeaten on 33 from only 12 balls.

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