Match Preview: Bears v Steelbacks

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In the first game of a Friends Life t20 double header this weekend, the Steelbacks travel to Edgbaston on Saturday to face the Warwickshire Bears, for the start of what is a crucial weekend for the team. The Steelbacks currently sit top of their Friends Life t20 group with 5 wins from 6, so this weekend could see the team get onto the brink of securing a quarter-final spot.

In their last game, the Steelbacks faced pre-tournament favourites Somerset here at the County Ground, in front of a packed crowd and the Sky cameras. The game was enthralling with many twists and turns, but a Steven Crook inspired Steelbacks team managed to hold off Somerset’s galaxy of stars to come out winners by 10 runs.

After a slow start to the competition, Warwickshire have had a turnaround in fortunes winning their last two games against Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. These results have seen them move up to third in the group, tied on points with both Somerset and Worcestershire.

The last time these two sides met, a packed Friday night crowd saw a Kyle Coetzer and Muhammad Azhar Ullah led Steelbacks run away with an excellent 27 run victory.

Squad

Richard Levi
Kyle Coetzer
Cameron White
Alex Wakely*
Steven Crook
David Willey
Matthew Spriegel
James Middlebrook
David Murphy+
Lee Daggett
Muhammad Azhar Ullah
Rob Keogh
Ben Duckett

Team News

For the third straight game, Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely will be able to lead an unchanged 13 man squad.

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