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Westwood guides Bears to victory

Skipper Ian Westwood played a captain's innings to guide Warwickshire to a four-wicket Twenty20 Cup win over Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

Westwood came to the crease with his side in trouble at 59-4, and big guns Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both out.

But he made an unbeaten 44 off 37 balls to guide them to victory on 139-6 with an over to spare.

Gloucestershire would have hoped to have scored more than their 135-7 after seeing five men reach double figures.

Grant Hodnett top scored with 39 for Gloucestershire before becoming the second of Keith Barker's victims on his way to impressive figures of 2-16 off his four overs.

Craig Spearman and Kadeer Ali also both got into the 20s, but Gloucestershire lost wickets too regularly.

Neil Carter and Trott got the Bears' reply off to a flier, but when they both departed and were swiftly followed by Jim Troughton, who was out first ball, and Bell, the home side were staring at a fourth defeat in six games.

But Westwood and Tim Ambrose (18) steadied the ship, while Ant Botha and Keith Barker both made vital contributions with the bat to help their captain see them over the finishing line.

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