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Carter stuns brave-hearted Scots

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Neil Carter

Neil Carter continued his scintillating campaign as Warwickshire Bears overcame Scotland in a tight encounter

Warwickshire Bears remain top of Clydesdale Bank 40 group C after Neil Carter's 75 led them to a narrow four-wicket victory over Scotland at Edgbaston.

The Scots’ overseas star George Bailey and Richie Berrington shared a record partnership, leading their side to 267 for four.

However, an explosive Neil Carter 69-ball 81 set the Bears on their way to a victory which was sealed with three overs to spare.

The hosts had to overcome a teasing spell of 3-39 from left-arm spinner Ross Lyons, before setting up a winner-takes-all clash with Nottinghamshire on Saturday for a semi-final place.

Lyons broke a stand of 101 between Carter and Keith Barker, who made 40, but, despite slipping back to 156 for five, Warwickshire still had the resources to avoid an upset.

Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke, who hit 74 and an unbeaten 49 respectively, imposed their strength and experience by putting on 111 in 13 overs before the latter perished with the scores level.

Earler, Bailey and Berrington, already the only batsmen in this team to have made fifties in this season's competition, passed numerous milestones in hammering 109 from the last eight overs.

Their stand of 198 is Scotland's highest in competitive meetings with English counties, surpassing 167 by Rahul Dravid and the South African, Jon Kent, against Sussex at Hove in 2003.

Making the most of a missed run-out chance when he had made 73, Barker cracked nine fours and five sixes as he put the seal on a hectic year by hitting 123 from 90 balls, a new career-best score in List A cricket.

For Berrington, this has been a breakthrough season. The 23-year-old Greenock batsman has attracted interest from a number of counties since starting the season with successive half-centuries against Leicestershire, Kent and Nottinghamshire.

In the middle of the summer he registered his first international hundred against India A in Glasgow and today's effort was his highest score against a county side.

When he was out for 82, hoisting the last ball of the innings to Clarke at long-off, he had hit seven fours and two sixes from 72 deliveries.

The wicket was scant consolation for Warwickshire as a team, but for Barker, the bowler, it was a personal landmark as he finished with four 4-33, his best figures in List A competitions.

In his first spell, the left-arm seamer ended a promising start by Fraser Watts and Oli Hairs, a 19-year-old left-hander who made a confident 24 in his first CB40 appearance.