Ed Barnard says he was pushing for a spot in Warwickshire white ball top order.

The 27-year-old all-rounder has been a mainstay in the Bears middle-order this year, but he saw an opportunity to take an opening spot for the Metro Bank One Day Cup.

Having scored runs against a Warwickshire League XI on Tuesday, the right-hander proved it was the right decision firing a career-best List A score of 94 which guided Warwickshire to a four-wicket victory.

“It came from a conversation we had a few weeks ago,” said Barnard. “I noticed we’d be short of a few batters and I chucked my name in the hat. I said to Robbo I’d like to give it a go and he said yes.

“My goal was just to stay in there really as I’ve had a few starts and haven’t really gone on to that big score. To be there at the end, or near to it, and help us to a comfortable win was the pleasing thing.”

Speaking of the competition, Barnard added: “We were told this week there’s going to be a beer and cider festival and I always enjoy playing here. It’s a great place to play cricket and the crowd really get involved. I know they’re passionate about Somerset, but there were a few Bears fans too.

“We want to go out and win and we’ve got the squad to do that. Everyone’s enjoying it.”

Additional tickets released for first three days of West Indies Test

A small number of tickets have been released for the first three days of our Men’s Test against West Indies this summer (26-30 Juy).

Tickets are limited for these day and are expected to sell quickly. Early Bird tickets for Day Four are still available if purchased before midnight on 31 March.

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