Trott and Hain ease Bears to home win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

ROYAL LON­DON CUP: War­wick­shire main­tained their chal­lenge for quar­ter­fi­nal qual­i­fi­ca­tion by cruis­ing to a nine-wicket win over Le­ices­ter­shire at Edg­bas­ton.

Jonathan Trott (102 not out) and Sam Hain (69no) eased the Bears to vic­tory and handed the vis­i­tors a sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat in the North Group.

The Foxes were pun­ished for wast­ing first use of an ex­cel­lent bat­ting track. Af­ter win­ning the toss, they reached a rel­a­tively promis­ing 135-3 in the 24th over be­fore col­laps­ing to 207 all out.

Mark Cos­grove (60 off 58 balls, in­clud­ing 10 fours) and Colin Ack­er­mann (57 off 68 balls and in­cluded a six and seven fours) were the stand­out per­form­ers for the vis­i­tors, bonly for the last seven wick­ets to fall for 72 runs in 19 overs.

Olly Stone took 3-44 and Aaron Thoma­son 3-45.

When War­wick­shire replied, Pol­lock and Trott put 50 on the board in 38 balls, the half­cen­tury brought up by six off Chap­pell for Pol­lock over fine leg.

Chap­pell soon got his re­venge with a yorker into Pol­lock’s stumps but Trott, whose runs came off 121 balls and in­cluded nine fours – and Hain, whose con­tri­bu­tion came off 87 balls and con­tained five fours, were ut­terly un­trou­bled.

Trott’s sec­ond cen­tury in suc­ces­sive List A games was greeted by a stand­ing ova­tion and he went on to es­cort his side all the way to a win which sets up a mouth-wa­ter­ing group fi­nale against old ri­vals Worces­ter­shire at Edg­bas­ton on Thurs­day.

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