Jim wants his side to keep up good work

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

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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