Cricket: Warwickshire rely on the workhorses: Leicestershire creaking

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Warwickshire 296-6; Leicestershire 133-4

APART from Brian Lara, Warwickshire have no individual world-beaters but the sum of their parts adds up to something quite formidable, as Leicestershire rediscovered yesterday.

Warwickshire's bits and pieces players put together a challenging total, aided by a startling competition record of 48 extras. The target looks beyond Leicestershire when a rain-interrupted match resumes today.

Their lightning start gave way to the loss of Phil Simmons, bowled leg-stump off an inside-edge by a Tim Munton delivery nipping back sharply, and Nigel Briers being leg-before to a ball keeping low.

In the final analysis, the enthralling passage of play in which a combination of Trevor Penney, Dermot Reeve and Neil Smith added 100 runs from the last 10 overs for Warwickshire, already Benson and Hedges Cup finalists, is likely to be decisive.

Penney, with 65 not out including eight fours from 67 balls, and Reeve plundered 123, the highest stand in the competition's history for the sixth wicket, as Leicestershire's attacked creaked.

Warwickshire had been 162 for 5, but once again, worked their way into a promising position in a limited-overs game without significant assistance from Lara, who made 16 from 20 balls before lashing a catch to the ecstatic Briers at mid- wicket off Alan Mullally.

Three stoppages, the shortest being 40 minutes, hindered the batsmen's concentration, notably that of Paul Smith, dismissed caught and bowled by Gordon Parsons immediately after a resumption.

Roger Twose also played a leading role, scoring 40 before playing on to provide Simmons's solitary wicket at the heavy cost of 87 runs. Twose had helped to justify Reeve's heart-searching decision to bat.