Bears feats on misfiring Royals

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An outstanding third-wicket partnership of 116 between James Vince and Sean Ervine was not enough to prevent Hampshire crashing to CB40 defeat at Warwickshire.

Looking for their second win in 24 hours – after Monday’s victory over Northants – Jimmy Adams’ side failed to chase down the Bears’ 273 for eight.

Despite Vince’s 82 off 95 balls they were eventually bowled out for 222 and lost by 51 runs.

After losing the toss and being sent into the field, Hampshire got off to a good start with the early wicket of Varun Chopra.

But then a partnership of 67 between Will Porterfield (41) and Neil Carter (53) sparked Warwickshire into life.

When they both fell to Imran Tahir (two for 45) and Danny Briggs (one for 50) respectively, Ervine then had Tim Ambrose superbly caught by Vince to leave the Bears 143 for four.

Any hopes of the hosts capitulating were soon dashed, though.

Skipper Jim Troughton (61) and Rikki Clarke put on 60 for the fifth wicket, until the former holed out to Benny Howell off Tahir.

Clarke hung about a bit longer to help elevate his side to their imposing total.

He smashed 63 off 47 balls before eventually following Keith Barker and Ant Botha back to the pavilion as Chris Wood took three for 61.

In reply, Adams (14) fell cheaply before the huge partnership between Vince and Ervine gave the Royals a fighting chance of victory.

But when the Zimbabwean was trapped leg before wicket by Jeetan Patel for 47, the momentum disappeared.

Michael Carberry slogged straight into the deep and when Vince became Patel’s second victim all hopes of a win quickly faded.

A late cameo from Michael Bates (24 not out) restored a little pride but the Royals ultimately fell to their sixth defeat of the competition.