Warwickshire CCC Pre-season tour to Barbados - Update 3


Keith Cook reports regularly from Barbados on the Bears' pre-season tour.

Needing 248 to win, Hampshire were 246-7 at the close of the final day

Warwickshire CCC Pre-season tour to Barbados – Update 3

Report from Keith Cook to follow as there is no Wi Fi at the ground and his full report has not yet been received

Day 1

Warwickshire batted first against Hampshire and closed the first day of two on 247-9dec. from 85 overs.

Rikki Clarke top scored with 67 from 61 deliveries, to help the Bears recover after some early set-backs had left them struggling on 83-4 at lunch.

Varun Chopra 26, Ian Westwood 24 and Tim Ambrose 23 were the next highest scorers with contributions from ChrisWoakes/Darren Maddy 18, Jim Troughton 16, Keith Barker 15, Richard Johnson 12 and Ateeq Javid who was unbeaten at the close on eleven.

The second session of the day saw the Bears, with Clarke at the helm, add seventy three more runs for the loss of just one wicket.

For Hampshire Ervine 3-36 and Wood 3-43 were the most successful bowlers.

Hampshire will need to make 248 on the final day to secure the victory.

Day 2

Hampshire made a steady but confident start to the second day as they looked to overhaul the required 248 for victory.

In the first session of the day they lost only one wicket, Dawson 13 out cutting Barker to deep cover point.

At lunch they were 71-1 with Jimmy Adams 48* from 30 overs.

There was time for just 18.3 more overs after the lunch break, when Hampshire had reached 105-1 with Adams 59* and Carberry 25* as rain brought the players off the field.

When play recommenced after the tea interval, Adams retired to let others bat and Rouse 39 from 46 balls, Carberry 37 and Ervine 70* from 77 deliveries were in sparkling form as they edged ever closer to the Bears' total, finally ending just 1 run short on 246-7.

Both sides gained some very useful time in the middle from the match as they continue to progress towards the start of the English domestic season. 

Warwickshire CCC Pre-season tour to Barbados – Update 2

Saturday morning saw us back at our “adopted home” at Windward cricket club for the first competitive match of the tour against Nottinghamshire in a Pro40 fixture. Jim Troughton won the toss and elected to bat on a beautifully sunny morning, cooled by the almost obligatory breeze that gives this club its name. It was nice to see a small group of dedicated supporters from both sides in attendance at the game.

Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy opened the batting for the Bears on a quick and bouncy surface against the Nottinghamshire opening pair of Harry Gurney and Ben Phillips and the Warwickshire batters made good progress before Varun Chopra was dismissed by Jake Ball in the 13th over for 34 which included three 4’s and a 6. Warwickshire kept up steady progress with Darren Maddy scoring at almost a run a ball before he was dismissed for 45 by Harry Gurney. Jim Troughton (16) and Rikki Clarke (18) forged a useful little partnership along with rapid fire scoring from Keith Barker (34) and Richard Johnson (27) to see the Bears reach a useful 206 for 7 at the end of the 40th over.

In reply Nottinghamshire openers Neil Edwards and Karl Turner were separated after only 13 balls by a superb one handed diving catch from Rikki Clarke to dismiss Edwards off the bowling of Neil Carter for 5. The Notts batsmen kept the board ticking with contributions from Wessels (31), Taylor (24), Elstone (30) and Franks (32), but the Bears took important wickets in steady succession as Neil Carter (6-0-28-3) and Keith Barker (5.5-0-37-3) inflicted heavy damage. Chris Wright (8-1-41-2), Rikki Clarke (4-0-15-1) and Paul Best (7-0-31-1) also got amongst the wickets. With just 3 overs of the game left Notts needed 24 to win but fell short of their target of 207 with 7 balls of their innings to go – only able to reach 192 all out.

An excellent game of cricket and first class preparation for the start of the new cricket season back home in the UK in a few short weeks.

Next on the schedule is a 2 day game against Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday March 20 and 21 back at Windward CC.

Warwickshire CCC Pre-season tour to Barbados 2012 – Update 1

After an early start from Edgbaston last Tuesday morning the party set off for Gatwick airport courtesy of our great friends at Birmingham International coaches. By 8am we had started checking in onto the Virgin Atlantic flight ready for departure at 10.30am. The flight was relatively quiet so many of the lads had chance to find some empty space and stretch out for the 8 ½ hour flight which went smoothly.

On arrival at Grantley Adams International airport in Barbados we were met by event organiser and “Mr. Barbados” Warren Rumsey along with Cammie Smith, Tom Morris and the tireless Rohan Clarke who was to be our dedicated liaison officer for the 2 week period again after his work with us last year.

A short coach ride from the airport and the party of players and management had reached our base for the trip at Discovery Bay hotel on the West coast of the island. It was good to see so many familiar and friendly faces when we checked in to our rooms and started to unpack for the 14 day stay. The Yorkshire team, who were also staying at Discovery Bay, had already arrived and the Derbyshire boys were due to follow us in shortly afterwards. All in all there as 6 first class counties over here in Barbados taking part in the preseason training camp, which involves outdoor practice, 40 over cricket, 2 day cricket and the very popular Twenty20 cup competition played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown which was won in 2011 by the Warwickshire team in great style.

The Warwickshire itinerary includes the following games:

• Saturday March 17 -Pro40 game v Nottinghamshire at Windward cricket club
• Monday March 19 and Tuesday March 20 – 2 day game v Hampshire at Windward cricket club
• Wednesday March 21 – T20 game v Hampshire at Kensington Oval
• Thursday March 22 – play off semi finals and finals for the Barbados T20 cup
• Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25 – 2 day game v Nottinghamshire at Windward cricket club

The remaining days are taken up with some intense practice sessions at the superb Windward cricket club ground on the Eastern side of the island who put in fantastic work to provide us with some playing surfaces which would be the envy of some first class grounds.

Wednesday morning arrived with some unexpected rain but this allowed the players to “enjoy” a few hours of hard physical shuttles, sprints and some very valuable fielding drills. After so many long months of indoor work at Edgbaston it was a very obvious relief to the players to get their feet on grass again and know that the cricket season is now almost within touching distance. The evening allowed Ashley Giles and his coaching staff the chance to discuss strategies and planning for the forthcoming programme of domestic cricket starting with the 3 day game against Cardiff university on 6th April.

Thursday morning was much brighter and allowed the players all to have plenty of batting and bowling under the watchful eye of the coaches who would be focussing their minds on the likely starting 11 for the opening games of the season at home. The coach trip back to the hotel later in the day was a quiet one as we saw some very tired and weary cricketers who were learning to adapt to the heat as well as the intensity of training. We would have one more full day of nets and practise before our opening competitive match against Nottinghamshire in a Pro40 game on Saturday so everyone has much to prove and the tempo is increasing day on day.

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