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Bears not troubled by Gladiators

Warwickshire continued their remorseless advance towards the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals with a thumping eight-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

The Bears lodged their fifth successive win after cantering past the visitors' paltry 131 all out with 18 balls to spare.

They strengthened their chances of finishing top of the Midlands/West/Wales group and so booking themselves a home draw in the last eight.

Gloucestershire, meanwhile, have only pride to play for having not won in seven attempts. County cricket's one-day kings not so long ago, there was nothing regal about the Gladiators' cricket today.

Put in, Gloucestershire started dismally as two wickets fell in the first over from Chris Martin.

Will Porterfield chipped the fourth ball to extra cover and Jackson Thompson skied the fifth to wicketkeeper Tony Frost.

Tim Groenewald then struck with his second ball when Hamish Marshall played on from an extravagant drive.

Marcus North, skippering in the absence of shoulder injury victim Jon Lewis, gathered 36 from 30 balls before Warwickshire's spinners, as they have all through the competition, inflicted heavy damage.

Ian Salisbury trapped North lbw and had Simon Adshead caught at long-off on his way to two for 13 off his four overs, then Ant Botha bowled Mark Hardinges.

It was tatty stuff from Gloucestershire and only Chris Taylor rose above it, striking Martin for four, six, six off successive balls.

Taylor reached 50 from 34 balls, and advanced to 66 from 43, with four fours and four sixes, before holing out to deep midwicket.

When the Bears replied, AJ Harris, making his debut on loan from Nottinghamshire, ran into heavy flak from Neil Carter.

The left-hander thumped Harris for successive sixes on the way to 34 from 15 balls, with three sixes and three fours.

Jonathan Trott (50 from 48 balls) and Tony Frost (42 from 36) ensured the most comfortable of strolls in front of a crowd of around 12,000.

Trott's half-century was his second in the competition this season and he now stands on 999 runs in Twenty20.

source - sportinglife.com
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