Wonderful Warwickshire slay Unicorns
Warwickshire produced an outstanding team performance to beat the Unicorns by 10 wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C clash at Wormsley.
Chris Woakes, fresh from his his exertions with England Lions over the last couple of weeks, returned to the Warwickshire fold to take 4-24 from eight overs as the hosts were all out for 185.
Will Porterfield and Varun Chopra made light work of the target, with the former striking a magnificent 100 not out from 89 balls while his partner hit the winning runs with a boundary in the 30th over to take him to an unbeaten 73.
Bottom-placed Unicorns had just one win to their name from 11 matches and were put into bat this afternoon, at one point slipping to five for four.
They were under pressure immediately as opening bowlers Chris Wright and Woakes conceded just one run between them in the opening three overs.
The pressure eventually told as Vishal Tripathi was bowled by Woakes, who then dismissed Tom New and James Ord in his next over after Bradley Wadlan had fallen to Wright.
In danger of sinking without trace, the Unicorns then fell to 12 for five as 23-year-old Woakes accounted for captain Keith Parsons - although a helpful 35 from Lewis Hill helped to relieve some pressure.
Glen Querl, batting at number nine, added 64 runs alongside Hill for the eighth wicket before the latter became Wright’s second scalp.
Querl fell six runs shy of a half-century - falling lbw to Warwickshire debutant Ian Blackwell - after a magnificent 44 from just 27 balls.
At 112 for nine, any hopes of posting a competitive total looked remote but last man Paul Hindmarch put his top-order colleagues to shame.
In just his second List A match, the 24-year-old Cumbrian made exactly 50 off 49 balls to take his side to what looked like a defendable, if not competitive, total.
Chopra and Porterfield took their time to get to grips with the surface, with just one boundary coming in the first five overs.
But they refused to panic and settled to the task thereafter, with Chopra hammering successive fours off Luis Reece.
Porterfield was the first to a half-century with his ninth four and brought up three figures in the game’s penultimate over via a single off Querl.
It was then left to Chopra to finish off the match in style with his 10th boundary as Warwickshire sealed victory with more than 10 overs to spare, boosting their hopes of qualification from the group in the process.