Warwickshire will launch their Twenty20 campaign this week fired up to go one better than last season.
Warwickshire will launch their Twenty20 campaign this week fired up to go one
better than last season and lift the trophy. And all-rounder Neil Carter today
revealed the players can't wait for Friday's opener against Somerset, in front
of a bumper crowd at Edgbaston, to arrive.
Beaten finalists last season, the Bears are in a competitive qualifying group
this time round. After Somerset, they face Glamorgan and Worcestershire the following
Thursday and Friday then Northamptonshire on July 12 and Gloucestershire on July
The competition has been moved to a prime midsummer slot after the new format,
with a 5.30pm start, proved massively popular last year. Now Carter and his colleagues
want to blaze their way through to the semi-finals and final day, back at their
Edgbaston headquarters, on August 7.
"The players are looking forward to it because it's always great to play
in front of big crowds," said Carter. "We've got three home fixtures
and hopefully will get 10,000 or 15,000 for each of them. That will generate a
brilliant atmosphere and hopefully we'll respond with some good cricket."
"The Twenty20 format plays into our hands because we've got batting all the
way down and a lot of guys who can bowl as well. Our first objective is to get
through the group. We should do that because it's a bit easier to qualify this
season with some of the best third-placed teams going through as well as the top
two. If we can do that then who knows how for we can go?"
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