Warwickshire face Glamorgan at Edgbaston tonight with the pressure off having already qualified for the Twenty20 quarter-finals with two group games to spare.
Six successive wins have powered the Bears into the last eight, although they still have every incentive to maintain the winning formula.
They require one more victory, either tonight or against Northamptonshire at Edgbaston tomorrow, to ensure a home draw in the last eight. Alternatively, if Northamptonshire lose to Somerset tonight, Warwickshire will be guaranteed a home draw.
The Bears’ highly impressive Twenty20 form has featured numerous impressive individual efforts, not least from stand-in skipper Ant Botha and from Tim Groenewald who has shown real bottle to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season.
It has also done no harm to Warwickshire’s prospects of recruiting players from elsewhere.
Of the list of players to whose counties the Bears have given notice of an approach, Warwickshire have now spoken to all except Middlesex’s Ed Joyce, whom they can legally talk to next week.
Northamptonshire batsman David Sales and Gloucestershire all-rounder Alex Gidman, both understood to be unsettled at their current counties, appear likeliest to agree to move to Edgbaston.
Swing-bowling all-round Keith Barker, meanwhile, is set to be offered a short-term contract by Warwickshire. The Manchester-born 21-year-old has impressed during a trial period at Edgbaston.