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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Warwickshire head for Lord's date
C&G Trophy semi-final, Edgbaston: Warwickshire 236-7 beat Lancashire 137 by 99 runs

Neil Carter celebrates one of his four wickets
Carter finished off Lancashire

Five-times winners Warwickshire have reached the C&G Trophy final after beating Lancashire by 99 runs in the semi-final at Edgbaston.

The home side posted 236-7 after recovering from a mid-innings slump and then dismissed Lancashire for 137.

Jonathan Trott made 49 and Michael Powell 44 after returning to the side for the first time in eight weeks.

Only three Lancashire batsmen reached double figures as Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter took 4-26.

Carter had also opened the batting for Warwickshire and made 13 before being taken at mid-off by Iain Sutcliffe off James Anderson.

Warwickshire went from 126-2 to 155-7 as Marcus North (3-31) and Sajid Mahmood (2-28) sparked a collapse.

The partnership at the end was absolutely crucial
Bears captain Nick Knight
But Powell and Tony Frost (36) shared an unbroken stand of 81 to revive the home side's hopes of victory.

Trott and skipper Nick Knight, who was passed fit despite a bruised hand, added 48 for the second wicket before Knight gave a catch to Mahmood off the bowling of Andrew Symonds.

And when Trott followed with the score on 126 after a stand of 54 with Jim Troughton (34), the innings went into freefall.

North, an occasional off-spinner, flighted the ball well and lured Troughton and Trevor Penney from the crease to allow Warren Hegg to complete two stumpings and he also bowled Dougie Brown first ball via the inside edge.

Mahmood had both Trott and Alex Loudon caught behind, but Powell justified Warwickshire's decision to pick him after a two-month absence caused by a stress fracture of the shin with a sensible innings, which included five boundaries.

Lancashire got off to a torrid reply with Iain Sutcliffe, edging Makaya Ntini to wicket-keeper Tony Frost for a duck, and the wickets continued to tumble.

Ntini also disposed of North for seven while Carter got rid of Andrew Symonds for eight, top-scorer Stuart Law for 47, Glen Chapple for a single and Warren Hegg for three.

Mal Loye (40) and Dominic Cork (16) were the only other players to get into double figures.

Warwickshire: N M Carter, N V Knight (Capt), J O Troughton I J L Trott, A G R Loudon, T L Penney, D R Brown, M J Powell T Frost (Wkt), J E Anyon, M Ntini.

Lancashire: M B Loye, S G Law, M J North, A Symonds M J Chilton (Capt), D G Cork, I J Sutcliffe, G Chapple W K Hegg (Wkt), J M Anderson, S I Mahmood.

Interview: Warwickshire captain Nick Knight


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