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Royal London Cup 2018
Thu 17 May, 11:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Warwickshire

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Derbyshire

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One Day Cup Report: Warwickshire v Derbyshire

Derbyshire launched their Royal London Cup campaign in impressive style with a 57-run win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Two weeks after suffering a heavy Specsavers County Championship defeat in Birmingham, Billy Godleman’s side exacted revenge with a resounding victory of their own in the shorter format.

Godleman led the way with a career-best 137 (116 balls, 12 fours, three sixes) as Derbyshire piled up 357 for eight, their highest List A total against a first-class county.
The captain received excellent support from Ben Slater 69 (66 balls, ten fours), Wayne Madsen (58, 44 balls, three fours, four sixes) and Matt Critchley (35, 18 balls, three fours, two sixes).

With the faster bowlers expensive, medium-pacer Jonathan Trott caused most inconvenience, taking four for 65.
Warwickshire’s reply was then carried by Sam Hain who struck a classy 108 (101 balls, 11 fours, one six), his sixth List A century in just 30 games. But whereas Godleman’s innings was well-supported, Hain’s was not and a Derbyshire attack including debutant Safyaan Sharif bowled with collective discipline to close out a convincing win.

Put in, Derbyshire openers Godleman and Slater made good use of excellent batting condition to build a stand of 129 from 116 balls. Madsen then joined his captain to add 99 from 84 balls. On the ground at which he scored a high-class championship century two weeks earlier, Madsen was soon flowing again until he fell lbw to Jeetan Patel.

As Godelman and Critchley swung freely, the bowler who imposed most control was the sixth used – Trott. He had Critchley stumped then dismissed Aaron Hughes, who reverse-swept to short third man, and Luis Reece, caught at mid-off. Trott applied a temporary brake to the scoring rate but Godelman struck him for 16 in three balls before perishing to Adam Hose’s direct hit from mid-off.

Trott’s fourth wicket arrived when Sharif pulled to deep square but a punchy unbeaten 26 from 18 balls by Daryn Smit levered the total above 350 in the final over.
Warwickshire’s reply was soon slogging uphill after Duanne Olivier removed both openers in his first nine balls. Ed Pollock, on his List A debut, chipped to mid on and Trott gloved a pull.

Hain played sweetly but Critchley turned one inside Ian Bell’s drive to win an lbw decision. Hain and Hose (33, 32 balls, three fours, one six) added 75 in 64 balls but Hose then sent a return catch to Ravi Rampaul and Tim Ambrose chipped Hughes to mid-off.

Warwickshire fell further and further behind the clock and when Hain was caught at long-off off Reece, the lower order was required to find 148 from the last 15 overs. Despite Keith Barker’s merry unbeaten 48 (34 balls, six fours, one six), they failed.

Jim Troughton: Big decisions to make ahead of white-ball opener

First-team coach Jim Troughton admits Warwickshire have some “big decisions” to make when they pick the team for their opening Royal London Cup match at home to Derbyshire tomorrow.

The Bears will begin their 50-over campaign with intense competition for places in all departments of the team, most of all in batting.

We have some big decisions to make, personnel-wise.

Jim Troughton

Alongside the batsmen who have figured in Warwickshire’s excellent start to the Specsavers County Championship season, also vying for places are Ed Pollock, Liam Banks and Adam Hose.

Pollock is champing at the bit for a 50-over chance having taken the Vitality Blast by storm last season. Banks has shown excellent form in the 2nd XI this season, as has Hose who was unlucky to lose his place in the championship XI due to the balance of the side being affected by injuries.

Further down the order the likes of Aaron Thomason, Alex Thomson, Keith Barker, Olly Hannon-Dalby, Josh Poysden and Will are challenging for places. There is some serious thinking to do, then, for Troughton and captain Jeetan Patel.

“We have some big decisions to make, personnel-wise,” Troughton said. “It’s going to be tough, in a very good way, to pick the team, but come the game we will have an 11 which is strong and that we feel is the best-placed from the very strong squad we have got to get us off to a winning start.

“Starting well is important in any competition and that’s what we will be looking to do. You want to build up some momentum early on and then also at the back end, as in 2016 when we got on a roll, won the last group game, which was effectively a knockout, and then broke teams down with some great cricket in the quarters, semis and final.”

Warwickshire will be striving to recapture their 50-over form of 2016, when they lifted the trophy. Last year brought disappointment as they never got going in a group stage which arrived very early in the season – April 27 to May 14 as compared to May 17 to June 7 this year.

“We have had some good chats about last year’s competition, what we did well the previous year and what was the difference,” said Troughton. “Last year there were certain areas in innings and the ways we went about our cricket that we needed to address.

“We got into a bad run which was maybe a bit of a spillover from our championship cricket, but in two or three of the games there were little periods of play that, if we had come out on top in them, could easily have turned them into wins. It’s all about recognising those opportunities during matches and seizing them.”

Patel wants four day confidence to translate into white-ball cricket

Captain Jeetan Patel admits that he “couldn’t have asked for much more” from Warwickshire’s players in the opening month of the season.

Warwickshire turn their attention to white-ball cricket this week, and their Royal London One-Day Cup opener at home to Derbyshire on Thursday, buoyed by three successive Specsavers County Championship wins.

“As a team and a squad, we are in a good position with guys starting to believe again.

Jeetan Patel

Patel’s side sits top of the championship Division Two – and now the skipper wants that confidence to osmose into the 50-over format in which the Bears’ fortunes have fluctuated wildly in the last two years. In 2016 they won the trophy after thrashing Surrey in the final at Lord’s. Last season they finished bottom of the North Group.

“Sport goes in cycles,” Patel said. “Sometimes you get in the cycle of winning, when you win games from nowhere, and we did that in 2016 and won the trophy. Then last year wasn’t our year. That happens.

“This year is a clean slate and we are going into the tournament with a bit of a buzz around the place after the start we have made in the championship.

“The first month of the season was always going to be tough with four championship games and it’s a great position to be in at the top. I couldn’t have asked for much more from the players.

“We’ve had a great start and now the next thing is getting our heads round the 50-over cricket and how the game has changed and how we are going to catch up with it.

“As a team and a squad, we are in a good position with guys starting to believe again. There is a real desire among the players to bring success to this great club and there have been some standout individual performances but the key word for me from the start of the season is contributions – everyone is contributing to us getting over the line in games.”

That so many players have contributed is just what a captain wants, although Patel admits that, with so many players vying for selection, he has spent a lot of time with his thinking cap on.

“Team-selection has caused me a lot of headaches so far this season and maybe that has shown in my bowling a little bit, to be honest,” he said. “But how good is that? To have those issues of who is not going to play, as opposed to who is going to play?”

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