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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Warwicks Bat Into History

BRISTOL, England --Warwickshire, led by West Indian batsman Brian Lara, became the first team in English cricket history to achieve a domestic treble Sunday when it beat Gloucestershire to clinch the Sunday League championship.

Lara, who earlier this year set world records for single test and first-class innings, came to the rescue by hitting 38 after his team had stumbled to three runs for three wickets at the start of the match.

Trevor Penney added 55 and captain Dermott Reeve 50 as Warwickshire won by 46 runs to add the Sunday crown to its four-day league Championship and Benson and Hedges Cup titles to achieve the treble.

Warwickshire nearly made it a clean sweep of all four major English trophies. The team lost to Worcestershire in the final of the NatWest Trophy this month.

After 10 of its 40 overs, Warwickshire was struggling to break a stranglehold at 15 for three.

Penney survived to help Lara add 68 runs in 17 overs. Lara was eventually dismissed by a controversial low, diving catch at third man by Andrew Smith.