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White trumped by electric Evans

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Laurie Evans swept Warwickshire to their first Friends Life t20 win of the season with a dominant unbeaten 68 that snatched victory from Northamptonshire's grasp at Edgbaston.

Evans has struggled to break into Warwickshire's first team since he arrived on loan from Surrey two years ago but has been given the opportunity to impress in this season's Twenty20 competition and seized it with a sparkling maiden half-century.

He revived Warwickshire after they had stumbled to 85 for four in pursuit of a target of 150 and decided the match in one decisive over from off-spinner James Middlebrook.

Evans swept the off-spinner for successive fours and then drove through extra-cover for a third to bring up a 34-ball fifty. He took two more boundaries off David Willey's next over, including the winning four through extra-cover.

Cameron White

Cameron White's unbeaten 60 proved in vain as Warwickshire reached a target of 150 to claim a first win in the Midlands/Wales/West group

Chris Woakes, released for county duty despite being part of England’s NatWest Series squad, helped Evans to guide Warwickshire home with an over to spare by contributing 23 from 15 balls to an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 67 in 37 balls.

Evans' match-winning innings helped him atone for a lapse in the field which reprieved Cameron White when the former Australia Twenty20 captain had made only three.

Evans misjudged the chance at deep midwicket off Jeetan Patel and the ball cleared him after he ran in too far. It looked like being a costly error as White, currently out of favour with Australia's selectors, followed up his unbeaten 47 in Sunday's defeat by Somerset with 60 not out from 39 balls.

White struck sixes off Keith Barker and Darren Maddy before giving Northamptonshire's innings late acceleration after they had been pegged back by Patel and medium-pacer Steffan Piolet.

Niall O'Brien played a valuable supporting role to White in a third-wicket stand of 62 before he chopped on Barker, but White reached his half-century from 34 deliveries.

Warwickshire's acting captain Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy contributed valuable cameos but it was Evans who completed the run chase with nine fours in his 41-ball innings.

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