Bears looking to break T20 hoodoo

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The Warwickshire Bears will be looking to overcome the curse of the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final when they take on the Sussex Sharks this evening.

Since finishing runners-up at the inaugural Twenty20 finals day in 2003, Warwickshire’s fortunes in the short-format have followed a familiar pattern.

Having seemingly done the hard work by getting beyond the group stages in four of the past five years, the Bears have fallen at the first knock-out hurdle.

Ashley Giles’ side are aiming to lift the last-eight hoodoo at Hove today as, for the second successive year, they have the motivation of the finals day being held on their home turf at Edgbaston.

All-rounder Neil Carter, a veteran of all seven of Warwickshire’s T20 campaigns and a valuable weapon in the competition, has given his view on his county’s track record and the South African believes that leaving the comforts of Edgbaston might actually be a good thing.

“We have an obvious problem of not getting any further once we get out of the group stages and it is a bit irritating,” said 34-year-old Carter, whose Twenty20 value was highlighted when Middlesex took him on loan last summer to play in the doomed Stanford Super Series.

“It’s a challenge for us. We’ve lost the last two at home, so maybe playing away on this occasion will help us lift that hoodoo.

“In the last couple of years we have been in a good position in matches but we haven’t been able to go on and convert that into wins, but that is something we want to rectify.

“With the final being at Edgbaston that is a massive incentive for us, as is a place in the Champions League for the top two and we know that we are just two games away from that.”
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