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Bears given summit to enjoy

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Warwickshire moved top of Group C as they crushed a weakened Derbyshire by 105 runs in a one-sided Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Derby.

Derbyshire's chances of chasing down 243 vanished in the first five overs of their reply when Chris Woakes and Chris Wright reduced them to 25 for four.

Steffan Piolet then claimed one-day-best figures of 4-31 as the home side were skittled for 137 in 32.1 overs.

Tim Ambrose anchored the Bears' innings, of 242 for six, with an unbeaten 77 from 92 balls; he shared stands of 90 with Darren Maddy and 76 alongside Rikki Clarke, who provided late acceleration with 48 from 29 balls.

Tim Ambrose

Tim Ambrose's 77 helped Warwickshire go top of Group C in the Clydesdale Bank 40 as they cruised to a 105-run victory against Derbyshire

Derbyshire went into the match without attacking New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who has a broken finger, and three frontline bowlers.

The game was over as a contest once Woakes and Wright had blown away the top order.

The former, who took 3-46, struck twice in his opening over before Wright removed Wayne Madsen with an unplayable lifter, leaving Piolet to cash in as only Jonathan Clare offered any real resistance with 57 from 54 balls.

With their own hopes of reaching the semi-finals damaged by two defeats in the opening three games, Derbyshire rested pacemen Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald along with spinner David Wainwright.

Yet Mark Turner bowled well on a slow surface to remove Warwickshire openers Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield.

When a direct hit then accounted for captain Jim Troughton, the visitors had some rebuilding to do at 66 for three in the 14th over.

But Ambrose and Maddy worked the ball around to establish a platform for Clarke, who opened his shoulders by driving and pulling three sixes before holing out to long-on to give Alex Hughes his first wicket for Derbyshire.

The Falcons' reply began disastrously when Chesney Hughes played on and Wes Durston was caught behind first ball, with the slide continuing as Madsen edged to second slip and Dan Redfern fell to a loose drive.

Piolet then demolished the lower order to reduce the home side to 86 for seven and only some defiant blows from Clare gave the innings a measure of respectability.

He pulled Woakes into a car park to reach his half-century, but eventually sliced Wright to third man as Warwickshire claimed their second victory over Derbyshire in the competition.

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