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August 19, 2012
Warwickshire 186 for 0 (Porterfield 100*) beat Unicorns 185 (Woakes 4-24) by 10 wickets
Warwickshire produced an outstanding team performance to beat the Unicorns by 10 wickets at Wormsley.
Chris Woakes, fresh from his his exertions with England Lions over the last couple of weeks, returned to the Warwickshire fold to take 4 for 24 from eight overs as the hosts were all out for 185.
Will Porterfield and Varun Chopra made light work of the target, with the former striking a magnificent 100 not out from 89 balls while his partner struck the winning runs with a boundary in the 30th over to take him to an unbeaten 73.
Bottom-placed Unicorns had just one win to their name from 11 matches and they were put into bat this afternoon, at one point slipping to 5 for 4. They were under pressure immediately as opening bowlers Chris Wright and Woakes conceded just one run between them in the opening three overs.
The pressure eventually told as Vishal Tripathi was bowled by Woakes, who then dismissed Tom New and James Ord in his next over after Bradley Wadlan had fallen to Wright. In danger of sinking without trace, they then fell to 12 for 5 as 23-year-old Woakes accounted for Unicorns captain Keith Parsons. Although a helpful 35 from Lewis Hill helped to relieve some pressure.
Glen Querl, batting at number nine, added 64 runs alongside Hill for the eighth wicket before the latter became Wright's second scalp. Querl fell six runs shy of a half-century - falling lbw to Warwickshire debutant Ian Blackwell - after a magnificent 44 from just 27 balls.
At 112 for 9, any hopes of posting a competitive total looked remote but last man Paul Hindmarch put his top-order colleagues to shame. In just his second List A match, Hindmarch, the 24-year-old Cumbrian, made exactly 50 off 49 balls to take his side to what looked like a defendable, if not competitive total.
Chopra and Porterfield took their time to get to grips with the surface, with just one boundary coming in the first five overs. But they refused to panic and settled to their task thereafter, with Chopra hammering successive fours off Luis Reece.
Porterfield was the first to his half-century with his ninth four and brought up three figures in the game's penultimate over with a single off Querl. It was then left to Chopra to finish off the match in style with his 10th four as Warwickshire sealed victory with more than 10 overs to spare to boost their hopes of qualification from the group.
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