Northants beat Warwickshire in Friends Life t20 action
Kyle Coetzer's unbeaten half-century helped Northamptonshire to a comfortable 27-run win over Warwickshire in FL t20.
Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:18pm
The Steelbacks posted a solid 161-2 from their 20 overs with Scotland captain Coetzer continuing his fine run of form with 71 not out off 61 balls, and the Bears could only muster 134-8 in response.
Mohammad Azharullah took 4-25 as the Bears fell short of their target with only Ateeq Javid providing resistance with 41 off 34 deliveries.
The Steelbacks won the toss and chose to bat and started in confident fashion in the sunny conditions as openers Richard Levi and Coetzer amassed 63 between them.
South Africa international Levi clobbered 35 off 21 balls before he was taken at long on by Chris Woakes off the bowling of Javid.
Coetzer stuck around to go past 50 off 45 deliveries but Cameron White was to perish on 28 when he smashed New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel to Keith Barker at deep midwicket.
Coetzer went on to go past his previous best T20 score of 64 as he and Northants captain Alex Wakely, who swatted 24 off 17 balls batted out the final five overs of the hosts' innings.
Chasing 162, Warwickshire lost Darren Maddy in the fifth over after he plundered 15 when his off stump was taken out by Azharullah.
Lee Daggett then bowled the Bears' captain Varun Chopra for 19 in the following over as the momentum shifted irrevocably Northants' way.
The visitors suffered another blow when Laurie Evans, who never got going in making six off 15 balls, saw his leg stump sent tumbling by Graeme White, and from there Warwickshire never stood a chance.