T20 boost helps ease four-day gloom

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

FOL­LOW­ING a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son, it’s nice to be­gin this col­umn with some pos­i­tives after what has been a great open­ing to our NatWest T20 Blast cam­paign.

To get wins over Worces­ter­shire Rapids and Notts Out­laws was a real boost for every­body and has given us some mo­men­tum to take into this week­end’s home dou­ble header at Edg­bas­ton.

Ob­vi­ously, the Out­laws game was over-shad­owed by a sick­en­ing in­jury to Luke Fletcher.

It was a hor­ri­ble in­ci­dent and not one any­one likes to see on a cricket field. Thank­fully, ‘Fletch’ was given the all-clear and that was the best pos- sible news that we could have heard on Satur­day night.

Cricket pales into in­signif­i­cance when some­thing like that hap­pens and ev­ery­one was re­lieved at the fi­nal out­come.

I thought the sit­u­a­tion was man­aged very well by both teams and the um­pires. Both sides were shaken by the in­ci­dent and, had Notts wanted to call the game off, we wouldn’t have any prob­lems with that at all.

As it was, it was de­cided to have a short break and then look to re­sume and try to get a full match in which I think was the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

To se­cure max­i­mum points was a re­ward for two very strong team per­for­mances and it’s now a case of try­ing to push on at Edg­bas­ton against Northants Steel­backs to­mor­row (Fri­day) and Le­ices­ter­shire Foxes on Sun­day.

Get­ting the two wins was even more pleas­ing after what was a huge dis­ap­point­ment to be edged out by Mid­dle­sex the day be­fore at the end of a tight and tense Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship match.

To lose by one wicket is al­ways gut­ting, par­tic­u­larly in the sit­u­a­tion we are in, but I think there were plenty of pos­i­tives to take from the per­for­mance and it demon­strated how close we are as a unit.

Be­ing 47 points adrift from safety makes it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for us to stay up but all our mem­bers and sup­port­ers can be as­sured we will be giv- ing it ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing be­tween now and the end of the sea­son to pull off a Great Es­cape.

I was forced to miss through an el­bow in­jury.

It’s a prob­lem I’ve had to man­age over the last cou­ple of years and it will be with me un­til the end of my ca­reer.

I was in pain be­fore the game and we thought it was best I sit it out to try and en­sure I can play as many games as pos­si­ble over the rest of the sea­son.

It was great to see the Joe Root era for Eng­land start in such im­pres­sive fash­ion.

After an iffy first ses­sion, it was a very dom­i­nant per­for­mance from the team and – while I hope these words don’t come back to haunt me – I that game would be very sur­prised if South Africa won a game this se­ries.

Fi­nally, for any­one at­tend­ing to­mor­row (Fri­day) night’s game, it is the nom­i­nated char­ity match for our main T20 spon­sors Selco Builders Warehouse.

They are rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port so please give gen­er­ously to col­lec­tions hap­pen­ing around the ground and pro­vide your back­ing to a fan­tas­tic cause.

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