Tuesday 18 March 2014 

Tim Ambrose's Barbados tour diary

Pre match warm ups at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

Day 1.    13.03.14

After the previous days traveling a light training and net session was in order for day 1. After a warm up to get the stiff legs and backs straightened out the "light" net session quickly became competitive and of an extremely high standard as is to be expected after a long six months cooped up in the indoor nets, the lads are raring to go.

Day 2.     14.03.14

Very disappointing to see the rain falling as we arrived at the Windward cricket ground. The nets had been set up and the covers couldn't be put back on so a sharp 30min shower was enough to end any hope of nets today. A sharp 40 min fielding session was all that was possible before heading off to the Barbados Beach House for the traditional warm reception and welcome from the Commissioner for another reminder of the wonderful hospitality that is a trademark of this fabulous island nation.

Day 3.      15.03.14

Much excitement for the first game of the season, a T20 game against Nottinghamshire to kick off the 2 day tournament at Kensington Oval. 

After winning the toss Warwickshire chose to bat on the pitch used for the recent T20 matches between England and the West Indies. Nottinghamshire used change of pace well on a fairly slow and sticky wicket making it difficult for the Bears top order to get the ball away. Runs were hard to come by before the pressure started to build and Jon Webb (8) fell first, followed by Sam Hain (4) and Ateeq Javid (18). Rikki Clarke (23) and Laurie Evans (31) began the rebuilding mission putting on a much needed partnership of 45 before a flurry of action saw the Bears score 30 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the final 4 overs with Paul Best striking 10 to see the Bears finish on 110 for 6. 

Nottinghamshire began there reply solidly before Chris Wright removed Mathew Cross for 10. Courtesy of a brilliant acrobatic overhead catch by Pete MCkay. Recordo Gordon then struck to remove Chris Read for 12 thanks to another fine overhead running catch by Keith Barker, leaving Nottinghamshire 36 for 2 from there first 6 overs. 

Recordo Gordon removed James Taylor (10) before Riki Wessels (34) and Steven Mullany (41) put together an unbroken partnership of 71 to see Nottinghamshire home with 19 balls to spare, the former finishing the game with a meaty straight six. All in all a good first run out for a young Bears side but ultimately 20 or so runs short in the first innings. 

Day 4.      16.03.14

Unfortunately heavy morning rain left the Carlton Cricket club ground waterlogged and The Bears T20 game against a combined Barbados team was called off without a ball being bowled. 

Day 5.       17.03.14

Another excellent practice session today with everybody getting some good preparation before the start of tomorrows 2 day game against Northamptonshire. With The Bears scheduled to do a full 90 over day in the field tomorrow some rest and recovery was the order of the day for the afternoon. 

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