Warwickshire step into last eight
Warwickshire Bears confirmed their place in the Friends Provident t20 quarter-finals with a hard-fought 14-run victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at Edgbaston.
A target of 146 proved too much for the visitors as Keith Barker finished the match with a hat-trick in the 20th over. Richard Pyrah and Clint McKay were both caught by Rikki Clarke at long-off before the left-arm paceman bowled David Wainwright.
While Barker applied an emphatic finishing touch in dismissing Yorkshire for 131, the hard work was done by spin pair Imran Tahir and Ant Botha, who put the squeeze on the middle order by sharing four wickets at cost of 35 runs in eight overs.
Although a key dismissal was credited to a seamer when Steffan Piolet forced Adam Lyth 31 to tread on his stumps on 31, it was Tahir who delivered a major blow when he bowled Jacques Rudolph for 27.
The leg-spinner also removed Jonathan Bairstow via Tim Ambrose’s slick stumping and when Gerard Brophy and Adil Rashid fell in successive overs from Botha, there was no way back for Yorkshire.
Australia seamer McKay did his best with sixes off Piolet and Neil Carter but his 20 off 12 balls was not enough to prevent Yorkshire's eighth defeat in 14 games.
Even if they win their last two games against Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Derbyshire Falcons, they may be hard pressed to qualify from the North Group.
Bold hitting by lower-order all-rounders gave Warwickshire a workable total after they slid to 97 for seven with only 25 balls remaining.
Clarke, fresh from a defiant LV= County Championship century at Headingley Carnegie last week, again targeted Yorkshire’s bowlers with three fours and two sixes from 29 balls in making 39, his highest score in the competition this season.
When he was out, swinging to short fine-leg off McKay, Chris Woakes made the most of the final over, carting Pyrah for two sixes in an unbeaten 27 from only a dozen deliveries.
Yorkshire were completely in charge of the middle phase once Wainwright, with 3-32 in his first t20 game of the summer, and Steven Patterson, who took 3-25, had broken a brisk opening stand between Jonathan Trott and Carter, who made 19 and 27 respectively.
Trott’s first innings since his maiden one-day international century for England on Monday ended with a mistimed chip back to left-arm spinner Wainwright, who went on to remove Darren Maddy and Barker in his third over.