Jim wants his side to keep up good work
FIRST-TEAM coach Jim Troughton was delighted with the way Warwickshire’s players performed in front of a bumper crowd at Trent Bridge.
The Bears enjoyed a 108-run win over holders Notts Outlaws on Sunday.
Troughton’s side put in an excellent all-round performance, to the joy of their many travelling fans in the 14,000 crowd.
The result, the Bears’ first win at Trent Bridge since 2008, left them promisingly-placed in what is still a very tight Group A.
“It was a very good performance at Nottingham,” the coach said. “It was a brilliant crowd and a near full-house and the team rose to the occasion.
“We knew Notts are a very strong side and that we hadn’t won there for a while, so went up there determined to get straight on the front foot and take the game to them – and that’s what we did.
“With the bat, Ed Pollock got us off to a great start and then with the ball Olly Stone set the tone with his very first ball and bowled with real pace and bounce.
“It wasn’t the perfect performance, by any means. We lost wickets towards the end of our innings, which meant we lost a little bit of momentum, and that is something we have spoken about. But we did enough things right to record a very good win against a very good team.”
Captain Jeetan Patel has also saluted the impact of the young guns at Trent Bridge.
The victory was underpinned by runs from Sam Hain, Ian Bell, Adam Hose and Tim Ambrose, and early wickets for Stone and Chris Woakes. Also influential were Pollock, Aaron Thomason and Henry Brookes, playing their fourth, 13th and third List A games respectively.
Each recorded List A careerbests, Pollock with the bat (56), Thomason with the ball (four for 45) and Brookes with both (two for 44 and one not out).
“It was a good team performance 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.
“Olly and Woakesy took important wickets up front and we kept nicking wickets all the way through. Aaron bowled really well and Henry showed a lot of character to bounce back from a couple of expensive overs to get two important wickets.”
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