Essex struggle for form
Reigning champions Essex were dumped to the bottom of the NatWest Pro40 League Division One table after suffering defeat against Warwickshire at Southend.
The hosts went down by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain had reduced the contest to 34 overs per side.
Warwickshire totalled 188 for six while Essex were bowled out for 184 in the final over after being set a revised target of 191.
Fast bowler Heath Streak, who took four wickets for 39 runs from his six overs, was instrumental in carrying the Bears to their first success of the campaign - and enabling them to swap places with Essex at the foot of the table.
Among Streak's victims was Grant Flower, who struck 53 from 49 balls before he was caught in the deep by Alex Loudon when seeking to add to his six fours and one six.
Of the other batsmen only Mark Pettini and Varun Chopra progressed beyond 20 as the Warwickshire bowlers - for whom Lee Daggett and Loudon picked up a couple of wickets - were backed up by some superb work in the field.
Darren Maddy and Kumar Sangakkara both scored 41 as Warwickshire moved beyond 100 for the loss of only two wickets, and momentum was maintained as Loudon and Tim Ambrose scored 39 and 31 not out respectively.
While off-spinner James Middlebrook and medium pacer Graham Napier each picked up a couple of wickets, it was Danish Kaneria who proved the game's most economical bowler.
The Pakistan leg-spinner conceded just 17 runs in his seven overs but his efforts still left Essex emerging from a depressing run of form which has seen them achieve victory only once in 13 matches in all competitions.