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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK
Bears ease past Northants
C&G Trophy quarter-final, Edgbaston: Warwickshire 343-4 beat Northamptonshire 270 all out by 73 runs
Warwickshire v Worcestershire semi-final on 17 July

I love to bat higher up the order
Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg led the way with a starring performance as Warwickshire waltzed into the C&G Trophy semi-finals with a 73-run win over Northants.

The Australian spinner struck 94 off 61 balls at Edbgbaston, hitting eight fours and two sixes, as the hosts tallied 343-4 after losing the toss.

He put on 159 unbroken runs with Jon Trott, who hit 65 off 68 balls.

Dougie Brown then returned 5-43 and Hogg 1-49 as the visitors were dismissed for 270 in the 44th over.

Warwickshire now face Worcestershire in the semi-finals, but Hogg is already looking beyond that.

"I walked past Lord's 10 years ago and thought I would never play there, so it would be great to reach the final and win it there too," he said.

Neil Carter and Mark Wagh got Warwickshire's innings off to a bright start, racing to 39 before Johann Louw had the latter caught behind to pick up the first of his two wickets.

Carter soon followed, but not before clubbing 43 off 18 balls, a knock that included seven fours and two sixes.

It was the ideal platform for the home side, and skipper Nick Knight and Ian Bell plundered a rapid 114 runs for the third wicket.

Bell made 68 off 69 balls and Knight 47 off 58, paving the way for Hogg and Trott to punish the Northants attack further.

The visitors' reply stuttered early on, with Brown helping reduce them to 76-3 early on.

A 51-ball 52 from David Sales helped get the innings back on track, but Northants slumped to 156-5 when he fell to Ashley Giles.

The lower-order produced a promising rally, but Brown returned to the attack to finish off the tail as the last three wickets fell for two runs.

Northants coach Kepler Wessels afterwards acknowledged that Hogg's innings had been the turning point in the game.

"We expected him to bat like that, it was not a case of the unexpected but we couldn't combat it.

"Once a guy like that gets on a roll, if you lose your composure as a bowler it can go from bad to worse, and that is what happened."


Warwickshire: N M Carter, M A Wagh, N V Knight (Capt), I R Bell I J L Trott, J O Troughton, G B Hogg, D R Brown, A F Giles T Frost (Wkt), A Richardson.

Northamptonshire: T W Roberts, J W Cook, M van Jaarsveld, U Afzaal D J G Sales (Capt), G P Swann, T M B Bailey (Wkt), B J Phillips J Louw, P S Jones, J F Brown.

Umpires: B Dudleston and G Sharp


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C&G Trophy 2004
16 Jun 04  |  Cricket



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