One-Day Cup: Warwickshire thrash Leicestershire by nine wickets
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Edgbaston|
|Leicestershire 207 (43.1 overs): Cosgrove 60, Ackermann 57; Stone 3-44, Thomason 3-45|
|Warwickshire 211-1 (37.4 overs): Trott 102*, Hain 69*|
|Warwickshire beat Leicestershire by nine wickets|
Warwickshire boosted their chances of qualifying for the One-Day Cup knockout stages with a thumping nine-wicket win against Leicestershire at Edgbaston.
Batting first, Leicestershire were bowled out for 207 as Olly Stone and Aaron Thomason both took three wickets.
Mark Cosgrove (60) and Colin Ackermann (57) were the only batsmen to make an impression for the visitors.
Jonathan Trott's 102 not out and Sam Hain's unbeaten 69 took Warwickshire to 211-1 with 12.2 overs to spare.
Former England batsman Trott has now scored two centuries in three days, following his innings of 100 in the win over Durham on Friday.
The 37-year-old and Hain, 15 years his junior, shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 159 as they knocked off the below-par total with ease.
Warwickshire have 10 points in the group stage, and a victory against local rivals Worcestershire in Thursday's day-night decider will definitely see them qualify.
They could even go through before they meet the Pears at Edgbaston depending on other results.
Leicestershire remain bottom of the group, after losing six of their seven matches.
How it's all worked out
- The winners of each group go straight through to a home semi-final.
- Second and third in each group qualify for a play-off to determine the other two semi-finalists.
- Second in the north group will play third in the south group at home, and vice versa.
- If level on points, places in the table are determined first by the number of wins, then net run-rate.
Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott:
"We would have batted first because it looked a good wicket, so to bowl them out for 207 was a very good effort. The seamers deserve a lot of credit and then Jeetan Patel backed them up really well.
"It was pleasing to score a century. It is always nice to back up good performances. Ian Bell and I had a big partnership against Durham the other night, so to do the same with Sam Hain, who is the future of the club, is fantastic.
"Now we are all really excited about a big game against Worcestershire on Thursday when hopefully we will have a chance of finishing top."
Leicestershire batting coach John Sadler:
"We are hurting a little bit. We have been pretty disappointed with our performances over the last couple of weeks.
"We've just got to look ourselves in the mirror and try to work out how we can get better. We have probably not done ourselves justice over the course of this tournament.
"Ben Raine has bowled more overs than anyone else in the country, certainly in Division Two this season, so we thought we would give him a bit of a breather."