Bears too hot for Steelbacks
Warwickshire made it three wins from three in Group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40 with an eight-wicket triumph over Northamptonshire.
New Zealand international Jeetan Patel took 4-27 and Keith Barker 3-27 as the in-form Bears bundled their hosts out for just 138 at Wantage Road.
The only real resistance from the Steelbacks came from opener Alex Wakely, who made 62 off 78 balls before playing on to Chris Woakes.
Northamptonshire were at one stage 64-1 but went on to lose wickets at regular intervals in the face of some disciplined bowling by their opponents.
The Bears were comfortably able to chase down their small target with 44 deliveries to spare as Varun Chopra made an unbeaten 87 from 117 balls.
William Porterfield made 30 before falling to left-arm spinner Con de Lange, ending a solid opening stand of 70.
However Jim Troughton contributed 27 in an alliance of 75 with Chopra for the second wicket that was eventually ended when the former played Wakely onto his stumps.
It meant Chopra was left to strike the winning runs in the 33rd over, completing an excellent day for Warwickshire as they continue to impress in all forms of cricket in 2012.