WARWICKSHIRE’S miserable start to the T20 campaign continued with a five runs (D/L) defeat to Glamorgan at rainswept Cardiff.
After a defeat and a washout, the Bears suffered a combination of both as a match which never escaped the grip of rain (even the periods of play were conducted mostly in heavy drizzle) went against them.
When the players were forced off for the fifth and final time, Glamorgan, chasing a D/L target of 146 from 18 overs, were 62 for one from eight, five runs ahead of the D/L figue of 57.
The defeat leaves the Bears in serious need of victory when their campaign returns to Edgbaston under the lights against Northamptonshire on Tuesday.
In a Bears innings split into three segments by rain, Varun Chopra (53, 45 balls) and Darren Maddy (49, 35) lifted the total to 141 for five from 18 overs.
After the loss of two early wickets, Maddy looked in good nick straight away and, after the first break, Chopra became more assertive, lifting Jones for a straight six which missed a passing seagull by only 8.5 metres.
The third-wicket pair had added 77 from 61 balls when rain forced them off at a promising 90 for two after 12 overs.
Maddy christened the next resumption with a four and six off Robert Croft before perishing in desperately unlucky fashion, run out backing up.
Rikki Clarke was stumped first ball before Chopra reached the 46th T20 half-century for the Bears. None of the previous 45 evolved into a century, however (Warwickshire are one of only three counties for whom nobody has lodged a T20 ton) and neither did this one as the captain holed out off Dean Cosker.
The Dragons’ reply was at first pegged back by Chris Woakes whose first two overs cost just eight runs and brought the wicket of Marcus North.
But Shaun Marsh clubbed the all-rounder for six and four to get his side going and Paul Best, brought into the side to provide a second spinner, got his first T20 bowl for the Bears under serious pressure.
The 21-year-old’s first over was tidy, costing just seven runs, but he encountered one hard reality of T20 in his second: that a perfectly respectable ball can be deposited 10 rows back into the stand.
Jim Allenby was the perpetrator of that blow which put the home side ahead of the D/L equation.
Then the rain thickened up again, this time for keeps, and the Bears were left to reflect upon their 12th defeat in their last 14 completed T20 matches.