Warks win despite batting collapse
Matthew Parker's five-for was not enough to stop defending champions Warwickshire from overcoming a major batting failure to beat Scotland by six runs in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Edgbaston.
Scotland seamers Parker and Gordon Goudie took nine wickets between them as Warwickshire lurched to 118 for six following a century opening stand and then recovered to make 224 after Keith Barker’s first half-century in one-day cricket.
Parker, who went with Sussex on a winter trip to South Africa, finished with 5-47, the best performance for Scotland against county opposition since Australian overseas player Ian Moran took 5-28 against Northamptonshire in 2006.
Josh Davey’s 91 from 98 balls, the highest of his two fifties in successive days, gave Scotland hope of reaching their target of 225 but Darren Maddy claimed two top-order wickets in his first nine balls and the required rate escalated out of range.
Needing 92 from the last 10 overs, they could only reach 218 for nine despite Preston Mommsen’s 42 from 44 balls in a stand of 104 with Davey, who was caught at deep midwicket after hitting six fours.
Three players were run out in a desperate bid to keep up the chase but the day will long be remembered for all the hardship heaped on Warwickshire’s batsmen.
There was not a hint of trouble ahead as Varun Chopra’s bandwagon rolled on during the three-figure start with William Porterfield. The former Essex opener went past 700 runs for the season as he made 31 in his ninth innings in all competitions.
However, he hoisted the second ball of Parker’s second spell straight to Josh Davey on the deep square-leg boundary.
Porterfield, well known to the Scots after scoring two centuries against them when playing for Ireland, was looking set for another until he fell for 64, scooping up a return chance to Parker in the following over.
The medium-pacer continued to wreak havoc and he had four wickets in 16 balls when Mohammad Yousuf shovelled another catch to Davey and Jim Troughton was taken at point.
Goudie took over from Parker and made it six wickets in the space of four overs from the new Pavilion End by bowling Maddy and Rikki Clarke.
Off-spinner Mommsen accounted for Tim Ambrose, but luckily for Warwickshire they still had two all-rounders who were able to put on 66 for the eighth wicket.
Barker hit five fours in making 56 and Chris Woakes chipped in with 31 before Scotland’s two destroyers had the last word.
Barker was caught at cover from Parker’s last ball and Goudie, who finished with 4-36, bowled Woakes and Maurice Holmes in his final over.