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Smith takes control

Warwickshire remained in contention for prize money in the AXA Equity and Law League after beating Essex by six wickets at Edgbaston.

Neil Smith was only one short of a fifth league fifty of the season as the home side won with 5.4 overs to spare. The all-rounder was supported by Trevor Penney (38no) following Essex's laboured performance in making only 138 for 7.

In another rescheduled fixture, Graham Lloyd underlined why Lancashire fans voted him their Player of the Year by hammering a superb 58 at Old Trafford in a comfortable six-wicket win over Middlesex which pushed them four places up the Sunday table.