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Taylor's effort cut short by rain

James Taylor

The pint-sized James Taylor struck 92 from 77 balls as the Foxes responded, but rain arrived in favour of Warwickshire

Warwickshire overcame a defiant innings by Leicestershire prospect James Taylor at Edgbaston to register their second win in Group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40.

After piling up 321 for seven, the Bears restricted the visitors to 235 for seven when the umpires took the players off in the 35th over because of bad light.

The conditions failed to improve and, with Taylor stranded on 92 after facing 77 balls, Warwickshire secured a 41-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Earlier, they topped and tailed their highest 40-over total - comfortably beating 301 for six against Essex at Colchester in 1982 - with high-octane batting performances by their new-ball bowlers.

Neil Carter launched the innings with 68 from 38 balls in a partnership of 96 in 14 overs with Jonathan Trott’s 33, while Chris Woakes closed the innings with an unbeaten 49 from only 16 deliveries.

After the early mauling by Carter, who pulled sixes off Nathan Buck and Andrew McDonald, the Foxes continued to suffer as Ian Bell, less explosive but more stylish, made 72 from 58 balls. That included six fours and a sweep for six off Claude Henderson.

It seemed the worst was over for a beleaguered bowling side when Warwickshire lost five wickets for 62 in reaching 234 for seven by the 35th over, but Woakes and Tim Ambrose, with 31 not out, added 77 from the last 35 balls.

Woakes targeted the shortest boundary with great success. Two of his four sixes went into the building site, where the new pavilion is under construction, and another landed out of the ground on Edgbaston Road.

The young all-rounder also hit four fours in a remarkable innings largely compiled to the discomfort of three bowlers.

Buck and Australian all-rounder McDonald conceded 135 runs between them and Wayne White's eight overs cost 86.

White's afternoon went downhill after he knocked out Carter's middle stump with his second ball and Buck later paid a price for his two wickets.

Trott was well held by Taylor at deep square-leg and Rikki Clarke was bowled, middle and leg, for 23.

Only the older hands came out of the battering with reasonable figures. Matthew Hoggard tempted Darren Maddy into chasing a ball outside off stump and Bell and Jim Troughton were both dismissed reverse sweeping Henderson's left-arm spin.

Carter and Woakes were soon back on centre stage, dismissing Leicestershire's openers, Will Jefferson and Jacques Du Toit, in the first 10 overs.

Paul Nixon took up he challenge with 40 from 33 balls. The left-hander shovelled three sixes over the leg-side boundary before top edging to Bell at midwicket in Imran Tahir's second over.

The talented Taylor helped Nixon put on 73 in 10 overs and went on to hit three sixes and six fours, but Tahir kept Warwickshire on course with 3-47.