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Darren Maddy steers Bears to CB40 final

CLYDESDALE BANK SEMI-FINAL, Scarborough:
Warwickshire 260-6 beat Yorkshire 257-5 by four wickets (D/L)
Match scorecard


Darren Maddy
Darren Maddy has passed 50 just four times in all competitions this summer

Darren Maddy's old head proved the key for Warwickshire as they held their nerve at Scarborough to book a meeting with Somerset in the first CB 40 final.

Jacques Rudolph's 106, supported by 64 from Gerard Brophy, had helped the Tykes to 257-5 from 37 overs.

Set a revised target of 260 following weather interruptions, the Bears looked set to implode when Ian Bell (57), then Varun Chopra (76) both holed out.

But Maddy hit 34 not out in 19 balls to see the Bears through to Lord's.

Warwickshire looked in total control on 203-2 before Bell was caught on the boundary, followed by Jim Troughton in the same Adil Rashid over.

And, when Chopra put one down McGrath's throat off Steve Patterson, the target was up to 50 needed off six.

But that was just the sort of challenge a former England one-day international like Maddy thrives on.

And the 36-year-old former Bears skipper kept his cool, hitting three fours and two sixes, in consecutive balls off Patterson over mid-wicket and long leg, in a match-winning cameo that left Scarborough stunned.

It will be the Bears' first trip to a Lord's one-day final since 2005, when they suffered an 18-run C&G Trophy defeat by Hampshire. But they will have happier memories of the last time they claimed silverware there, when Michael Powell's side won the last-ever Benson & Hedges Cup final by five wickets against Essex in 2002.

Defeat was a bitter blow for skipper Andrew Gale and his Yorkshire side after another great century from Rudolph, his fourth in this competition this summer. And they will now try to make amends by lifting the County Championship title next week.

A short delay to the start made it a 39-overs-a-side match before four more overs were lost following another brief break after the Yorkshire innings had been given a positive start by Gale and Rudolph.

Yorkshire then went through a lean spell during which Adam Lyth was dismissed by Ant Botha and McGrath was caught behind of Imran Tahir but either side of these mishaps Rudolph moved to a 46-ball half-century.

After Yorkshire had gone 13 overs without a boundary, Brophy ended the drought by planting the last ball of Botha's spell into the crowd and it was the start of a furious assault by the wicketkeeper-batsman as he dominated a 99 stand in 12 overs with Rudolph.

Brophy had dashed to 64 from 46 balls with four fours and four sixes when Barker had him caught at long off by Troughton to make it 212-3 with a little over three overs remaining.

But Jonny Bairstow made sure Yorkshire finished with a flourish as he thrashed an unbeaten 26 from nine deliveries, with two fours and two sixes but the biggest cheer was reserved for Rudolph when he cut Barker to move to his century, before being run out off the last ball of the innings.

Bears openers Neil Carter (40) and Chopra then lashed 65 from the first seven overs. And Barker, surviving two difficult chances to Gale, knocked up 34 in a 52-run stand with Chopra before being well caught by wicketkeeper Brophy, standing up to Richard Pyrah.

But this dismissal only brought in a determined Bell, who dominated a fourth-wicket partnership of 86 with Chopra.

Bell and Troughton then both perished in the deep, followed by Chopra, whose fine innings ended when he drove to mid-off.

But the mounting excitement of the Yorkshire fans in the 5,100 crowd was soon quelled by Maddy.


Acting Warwickshire captain Ian Bell said:

"This is one of my proudest days with Warwickshire.

"We felt that it was a par score which we were chasing.

"I would even have been happy chasing a 300 target over a full 40 overs on the small North Marine Road ground and the lads batted very well all the way down."



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see also
Tykes face Bears in CB 40 semis
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04 Sep 10 |  Counties
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