Ian Bell Column 13 with Selco Builders Warehouse

Great start - now we must build on it

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.

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

Ian Bell

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 possible news that we could hear 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 and 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 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 giving it absolutely everything between now and the end of the season to pull off a Great Escape.

I was forced to miss that game 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.

"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 and Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday."

Ian Bell

I was in pain before the game and we thought it was best to 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 would be very surprised if South Africa won a game this series.

Finally, for anyone attending tonight's game against Northants Steelbacks, 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.

Selco Builders Warehouse

Selco Builders Warehouse is a proud club sponsor of Warwickshire and shirt sponsor for the Royal London One-Day Cup team and the Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast.