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Harvey turns game for Northants

TWENTY20 CUP, MID/WEST/WALES DIVISION, Northampton:
Northants 176-6 beat Warwickshire 159-8 by 17 runs
(Northants 2pts, Warwickshire 0pts)


Ian Harvey
Ian Harvey only signed for Northants on a special T20 contract on Friday

Ian Harvey played a starring role on his Northants debut to help his side to a winning Twenty20 Cup start against Warwickshire at Wantage Road.

Nicky Boje (45), Niall O'Brien (42) and Rob White, with 40 off just 15 balls, had helped the home side reach 176-6.

But Jim Troughton (53) had the Bears on course until Harvey entered the attack.

The canny Aussie one-day specialist trapped Troughton lbw, then took three more wickets to finish with 4-18 as the Bears ended 159-8, losing by 17 runs.

Ironically, 37-year-old former Gloucestershire one-day legend Harvey, who was only snapped up on a short-term deal on Friday, was outshone with the bat by fellow opener White.

But he then showed his class with the ball taking the wickets of skipper Ian Westwood, the dangerous Troughton, Steffan Piolet for a duck and Richard Johnson also without scoring.

Needing 55 runs from the final five overs, the Bears never looked like mounting a fightback. And, with South African Andrew Hall taking 2-29, Northants, who have three times made the last eight but never got one step further to Finals Day, were off to a winning start.



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