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July 14, 2013
Warwickshire 97 for 4 (Chopra 33) beat Gloucestershire 96 (Javif 4-17) by six wickets
Unheralded off-spinner Ateeq Javid claimed career-best Twenty20 figures of 4 for 17 as Warwickshire beat Gloucestershire by six wickets in a one-sided encounter at Cheltenham.
If a full-house crowd of 5,000 expected to witness a run-fest at a traditionally high-scoring venue, they were made to rethink as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 96 in 18.4 overs on a slow pitch that offered assistance to spin.
Warwickshire made relatively quick work of chasing, reaching their target with 2.5 overs to spare thanks to a match-winning knock of 33 from Varun Chopra.
Having had an opportunity to assess the pitch, Warwickshire's captain adopted a low-risk approach, scoring a majority of his runs behind square and sharing in stands of 27, 29 and 27 with Will Porterfield, Laurie Evans and Rikki Clarke respectively to render Warwickshire's second win in five games a certainty.
Former England one-day international Clarke saw the visitors home with an unbeaten 22 from 20 balls.
Gloucestershire's chances of making the quarter-finals are all but gone following a fourth defeat in five games. Just as they did when losing to Somerset and Worcestershire in previous outings, they lost early wickets and never recovered from 29 for 3 in the fifth over.
Openers Hamish Marshall and Michael Klinger surrendered their wickets to poor shots, the former hoisting 21-year-old Javid to long-on, the latter driving a half volley from Clarke straight to cover.
Tempted by a short-pitched delivery from England international Chris Woakes, Ian Cockbain then holed out to Evans on the deep square leg boundary as the Powerplay yielded a wholly inadequate 33 runs. Worse followed for the home side when they lost a further three batsmen for the addition of three runs in a calamitous seven-ball spell that reduced their innings to tatters.
Overseas signing Dan Christian, yet to make a meaningful contribution since arriving from Australia, suffered another failure, chipping a delivery that stopped on him from Javid to short midwicket for 6.
In-form left-hander Chris Dent departed later in the same over, sweeping lazily to deep square leg, having scored 33 at a run a ball with four fours. Benny Howell was bowled by Steffan Piolet's seam up and James Fuller gave offspinner Evans the charge and was comprehensively stumped by teenager Peter McKay, at which point Gloucestershire were 71 for 7 in the 14th over and in all kinds of trouble.
Alex Gidman struck the only six of the innings high over long-on in the 17th over but, when he attempted a repeat two balls later and was caught at deep midwicket, any prospect of a competitive score disappeared with him.
New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel then mopped up the tail, removing Tom Smith and Richard Coughtrie to finish with 2 for 18.
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