Danny Briggs inspires Warwickshire to victory as Group One gets tight

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Spinner’s fifty and four-for helps seal victory as Warwickshire stay in hunt for top-two spot

Warwickshire 341 (Rhodes 91, Lamb 67, Hain 61, Paterson 5-90) and 264 (Burgess 80, Rhodes 63, Briggs 50, Fletcher 4-38) beat Nottinghamshire 297 (Slater 77, Clarke 61, Norwell 4-64) and 138 (Briggs 4-36) by 170 runs

Warwickshire blew Group One of the LV= Insurance County Championship wide open after beating Nottinghamshire by 170 runs in a pulsating contest at Edgbaston. Set a victory target of 309 in 74 overs, the visitors were bowled out for 138 with eight overs to spare as spinner Danny Briggs followed up his important runs in the match with a decisive spell of 24.3-14-36-4.

After the Bears took their overnight 201 for 6 to 264 all out, with Briggs scoring a round 50 and Michael Burgess 80, they bowled with collective skill to close out a thrilling victory. At 89 for 5, Nottinghamshire had no choice but to abandon their quest for a fourth successive victory and their hopes of defending out for a draw were scuppered as the Bears maintained the pressure with disciplined bowling supported by excellent fielding.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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