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25th May 2018 - 11AM Stanley Park, Blackpool
Royal London One-Day Cup 2018
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Brian Halford
25th May 2018

One Day Cup Report: Warwickshire at Lancashire

First-team coach Jim Troughton shared the general frustration as Warwickshire's Royal London Cup match against Lancashire at Blackpool was washed out after just 50 balls.

In a rotten piece of luck for Blackpool CC, after a succession of fine days, and with several more forecast ahead, the Stanley Park club's solitary day of scheduled county cricket in 2018 coincided with an isolated day of heavy rain.

Put in, Lancashire had started purposefully with Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies taking advantage of a fast outfield to add a run-a-ball 50. They were parted by Henry Brookes's second ball, which Davies lifted to Aaron Thomason at deep mid-wicket to leave the score 50 for one from 8.2 overs, then just as new batsman Karl Brown was taking guard, rain then began to fall. It never relented.

Very frustrating for all - the host club, the good-sized crowd, including plenty of Warwickshire fans, and the Bears' team. Troughton's side is now left with a record of a win, a defeat and a washout from three games as they look ahead to the visit to Nottinghamshire on Sunday.

"It was frustrating to have the game washed out," the coach said. "But it's part of the nature of the game and the competition that you might lose the odd game in a group to the weather and that keeps all the teams nice and tight in the pack and makes the groups more interesting.

"Now we go up to Nottingham and whenever we go to Trent Bridge we always have a good game so I know the lads are very excited by it. It's a big-scoring ground and they are a strong side but we can swing punches as well as they can and it will be nice to have Chris Woakes available again which is only going to make us stronger.

"With plenty of guys in form and pitching for selection we have had a lot of decisions to make this season and having a quality player like Woakesy back in the mix only adds to them."

Next Home Game: vs Northants - 30 May

Warwickshire return to Edgbaston on Wednesday 30 May at 2pm (gates open ar 12.30pm) when they host Northants. The visitors have a strong bowling attack and bolstered this year by Brett Hutton joining the club and he will a welcome addition to their Royal London One-Day Cup side, the competition where Northants failed to compete for the knockout stage last year hampered by a bad run of injuries. But a quarter-final appearance in 2016 suggests a run at qualification is possible and they will certainly provide tough opposition for the Bears.

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Brian Halford
24th May 2018

Patel: “We’ve got a lot of guys contributing”

Jeetan Patel will lead Warwickshire into Royal London Cup action against Lancashire at Blackpool tomorrow calling for more of the same from his team after the excellent win at Yorkshire.

The Bears travel north with a record of won one, lost one in the tournament after following a 57-run home defeat to Derbyshire with a five-wicket win at Headingley.

After a disappointing opening day in the group, Patel's side bounced back in style - a style which the captain wants to see delivered again at Stanley Park.

"Players are going into the 2nd XI and scoring runs and taking wickets and that's brilliant because it shows not only that they are good players but their attitude is spot on."

Jeetan Patel

"It was a very good performance at Headingley," he said. "In the first game we never got going and the game just got away from us but we had a good chat about that and bounced back with a really solid display.

"We didn't get the early wickets you always want but stayed patient and then kept picking up wickets to keep a brake on the scoring. Then the guys chased the target perfectly. Ed Pollock and Jonathan Trott took down Bresnan, which put them on the back foot, and then Trotty, Sam Hain and Adam Hose played amazingly well.

"It was good stuff and, though we know we are miles away from the finished product, showed what we are capable of. We've got a lot of guys contributing at the moment which is exactly what we want. Players are going into the 2nd XI and scoring runs and taking wickets and that's brilliant because it shows not only that they are good players but their attitude is spot on."

Next up comes the Red Rose and the Bears' first senior limited-overs match at Blackpool. They have played ten championship matches there, starting in 1908 when they lost by two wickets and took minus one point from the game, through to 2006, a rain-affected draw in which Moeen Ali made the fourth of his five championship appearances for the club.

But tomorrow will be Warwickshire's first white-ball visit - and also a new experience for the vastly-experienced captain.

"It's my first time there and I'm really looking forward to it," Patel said. "It's always fun to play at outgrounds. There's sure to be a big crowd with no doubt a bit of jeering at us as the away team. After putting in such a good performance at Headingley, I know how much the guys are excited by it and then another big game at Trent Bridge on Sunday."

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Royal London One-Day Cup

Warwickshire's next Royal London One-Day Cup game at Edgbaston is against Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Wednesday 30 May, starting at 2pm.

Due to the match being a day/night fixture, we're opening gates at the slightly earlier time of 12.30pm in order for spectators to beat the lunchtime rush. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and entry for under 16s is free.

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Brian Halford
24th May 2018

When the Kings Heath CC batsman won MOM at Blackpool

Warwickshire's Royal London Cup match in Blackpool on Friday will be their first limited-overs visit to Stanley Park. But Warwickshire Board XI has been there - in 2001 for a C&G Trophy tussle with Lancashire. 

In the Red Rose team that day were numerous internationals including greats Muttiah Muralitharan and Andrew Flintoff. Man-of-the-match - a schoolteacher from Kings Heath. Brian Halford reports.

The experiment, in the early years of this century, of putting County Board XIs into English cricket's senior limited-overs competition never really took off with the Board XIs often overwhelmed by first-class opposition.

And when, against Lancashire at Blackpool on June 27, 2001, Warwickshire Board XI slumped to 22 for five, it looked like a familiar story. The Stanley Park audience braced themselves for a brief day's entertainment.

"I still sometimes refer to it in my work these days when I am talking about achievement motivation and risk-taking in sports psychology."

Gavin Shephard

Peter Martin, on his way to 9-2-16-5, and Glenn Chapple had unzipped the top order and the great Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and legend-in-the-making Andrew Flintoff had not even bowled yet.

But out to bat at number seven, against an attack containing five bowlers who played international cricket,  walked Solihull Sixth Form College teacher and Kings Heath batsman Gavin Shephard to play what Wisden was to describe as "an innings of the highest calibre."

Shephard first added 40 with captain Chris Howell to avert total embarrassment. Then, when the innings again appeared about to implode, at 76 for eight, he and Spencer Platt added 86 - just one short of the competition ninth-wicket record.

Shephard saw off that new ball barrage and dealt with Murali (10-3-21-3) and Freddie (8-1-33-0) to shepherd his side to a respectable 163. He finished unbeaten on 73 from 107 balls with ten fours (five off Flintoff) and two sixes.

It was not enough to save the Board XI from defeat - Lancashire eased to a seven-wicket win with 15 overs to spare. But it earned him the man-of-the-match award and showcased the considerable skills that exist in recreational and club cricket.

"It was a day I will always treasure," said Gavin, who still teaches sport at the college whose staff he had just joined when he travelled up to the game at Blackpool.

"I still sometimes refer to it in my work these days when I am talking about achievement motivation and risk-taking in sports psychology. I remember, when I was driving up to Blackpool the night before, thinking 'right, no regrets, I don't want to be driving back home thinking if only.'

"Then we won the toss and for some reason chose to bat on a greentop and were soon 20 for five. One or two of the top order were a bit rabbit-in-headlights and nicked off.

"For me, the seminal moment came when I had three or four. Flintoff came on and I thought 'right, it's him or me. 'I gave him the charge and drilled him through extra cover. That got me up and running and was the moment I imposed myself on the opposition.

"I went on to hit current Lancs first team coach Glen Chapple straight over the sightscreen out of the ground and just really enjoyed myself out there.

"Murali was almost impossible to read and the ball seemed to come down at medium pace and did all sorts, but it was just a real thrill to be facing a bowler of that quality. I particularly enjoyed smashing him over mid-off for four!

"It is my proudest day in cricket and was very nice to hear some of the Lancashire guys saying afterwards: 'Wow are you not playing first-class cricket?'"

Unlucky never to be offered a contract with Warwickshire, Shephard, along with brother Stuart (who played two seasons of first-class cricket with Combined Universities, including against the 1993 touring Australians), went on to score many runs in club cricket, helping a string of clubs, including Kings Heath, Aston Manor, Mitchells and Butlers, Stratford and Barnt Green, to much success. Now 46, he plays for Norton Lindsey in the Cotswold Hills League premier division, having chosen to bring an end to his long career in the Birmingham League.

"I love it at Norton Lindsey," he said. "It's a lovely club and a great set-up. I've had some fantastic times in the Birmingham League but there are always young guys coming through and it's their time now. My brother and I want to keep playing for a few more years yet with the hope of eventually representing the Warwickshire over 50s team.

"I was in the Warwickshire system for quite a while, representing all the age groups, playing 2nd XI and doing 12th man for the first team, and at one stage was very close to getting a contract and part of me will always look back and think 'what if?' But I can't complain. I've had so many wonderful times in cricket - and that game at Blackpool is right up at the top."

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Royal London One-Day Cup

Warwickshire's next Royal London One-Day Cup game at Edgbaston is against Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Wednesday 30 May, starting at 2pm.

Due to the match being a day/night fixture, we're opening gates at the slightly earlier time of 12.30pm in order for spectators to beat the lunchtime rush. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and entry for under 16s is free.

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Lancashire Squad

  • Daniel Lamb

  • Toby Lester

  • Robert Jones

  • Brooke Guest

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul

  • Dane Vilas

  • Thomas Bailey

  • Joshua Bohannon

  • Keaton Jennings

  • Graham Onions

  • Joe Mennie

  • James Faulkner

  • Liam Hurt

  • James Anderson

  • Karl Brown

  • Steven Croft

  • Simon Kerrigan

  • Stephen Parry

  • Jordan Clark

  • Alexander Davies

  • Arron Lilley

  • Joseph Buttler

  • Liam Livingstone

  • Haseeb Hameed

  • Saqib Mahmood

  • Matthew Parkinson

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