Captain Jeetan Patel has saluted the impact of Warwickshire's young guns after they helped power the team to a 108-run Royal London Cup win over holders Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
The victory was underpinned by many contributions, including runs from Sam Hain, Ian Bell, Adam Hose and Tim Ambrose and early wickets for Olly Stone and Chris Woakes.
Also highly influential were Ed Pollock, Aaron Thomason and Henry Brookes, playing their fourth, thirteenth and third List A games respectively. Each recorded List A career-bests, Pollock with the bat (56), Thomason with the ball (four for 45) and Brookes with both (two for 44 and one not out).
Right now we are sitting okay in the league table but there is always stuff to work on and a long way to go in the group, starting on Wednesday with Northants who are always dangerous.Jeetan Patel
“It was a good team performance with contributions from a lot of people and the younger guys played a huge part,” said Patel. “When we batted we had momentum from a great start from Ed which was then built on by some good partnerships. Then we lost wickets at important times late on which meant that we couldn’t really kick on and came in probably 30 runs light, but the bowlers put Notts under a lot of pressure. Olly and Woakesy took important wickets up front and we kept nicking wickets all the way through.
“Aaron bowled really well for his four and Henry showed a lot of character to bounce back from a couple of expensive overs to get two important wickets in a very good second spell.”
After the road-trip to Blackpool and Nottingham the Bears’ players have a day off today before stepping up preparation for the day/night tussle with Northamptonshire at Edgbaston on Wednesday (2pm).
“It’s been a busy few days with the guys in and out of hotels so it’s nice to relax a little bit and have a chance to reflect on where we’re at,” Patel said. “Right now we are sitting okay in the league table but there is always stuff to work on and a long way to go in the group, starting on Wednesday with Northants who are always dangerous. “