Warwickshire ease to Twenty20 win over poor Northants
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|Warwickshire 97-4 (18.2 overs) beat Northants 96 (19.5 overs) by six wickets|
Warwickshire cruised to a six-wicket victory against Northants after dismissing the home side for just 96.
Only three Northants batsmen made it into double figures during an abject batting performance.
Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel both took three wickets for the Bears while Chris Woakes was equally effective with 2-15 off his four overs.
Varun Chopra's 34 helped the Bears make steady progress to reach a winning total of 97-4 in the 19th over.
It was all too easy for Warwickshire from the outset as Northants found scoring a tortuous process, taking more than seven overs to reach 19-3.
Eventually they were all out for 96 with just one ball of their innings remaining - the first time the Bears had dismissed a side for less than a 100 in a 20-over game.
Warwickshire lost Neil Carter for a duck in the first over, but that setback never threatened to develop into a crisis as Chopra and Darren Maddy (26) guided them to their target.