Twenty20 Cup: Is this our year?

So, here we are again, about to embark on our campaign to win our first ever Twenty20 Cup. The finals day is at Edgbaston this year so that give us even more incentive to get past that tricky quarter-final hurdle!

Twenty20 Cup: Is this our year?

The competition begins on June 1st with a repeat of last years final – Somerset v Hampshire. The Bears first game will be a tough one against Durham Dynamos at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.

It is a good chance for us to wipe the slate clean and forget the disappointments of the Championship defeats against Lancashire and Durham (twice), and our precarious position in the CB40 table after narrow loses to Hampshire and Northants!

Neil Carter and Ant Botha are possibly returning from injury for the first game – so thats great news to start the campaign with!

My XI (assuming Woakes not fit) would be:

Chopra
Carter
Porterfield
Troughton
Barker
Maddy
Clarke
Ambrose
Botha
Patel
Piolet

So how do my fellow Bears think we will do?

What should our first XI for T20 cricket be?

And who will be our star performers this year?

Over to you . . . .

Mark

10 thoughts on “Twenty20 Cup: Is this our year?

  1. Mine team would look more like this:
    Chopra
    Carter
    Porterfield
    Maddy
    Clarke
    Barker
    Westwood
    Ambrose
    Botha
    Patel
    Rankin

    In my opinion Troughton is a liability and although a very good fielder (as is Maddy & Westwood) I think there is more of a chance Westwood could get some vital runs down the order if needed. Also think the pace and bounce of Rankin could prove some problems and be harder to hit away then the steady medium pace of Poilet.

  2. i think they could go in with 3 spin bowlers that would drop Piolet (sorry Steff) and bring in metters or Best.

  3. carter
    chopra
    porterfield
    troughton
    maddy
    clarke
    ambrose
    woakes
    barker
    botha
    patel

    though if woakes is not available yeah piolet comes in.

  4. Andy – glad we agree!

    Pete – not so sure about 3 spinners!

    Sean – Rankin yes maybe but can be expensive but no way
    would i put Westwood ahead of Troughton in a ltd overs game!

  5. I’d go for…

    1.Chopra
    2.Carter
    3.Porterfield
    4.Barker
    5.Troughton
    6.Maddy
    7.Clarke
    8.Botha
    9.Ambrose
    10.Piolet
    11.Patel

  6. Well we’ve been atrocious so far! I’ve been to all 4 home T20 games and we’ve lost all of them. We need a clearout. Carter has failed with bat and ball. I would not play him again after the rubbish he has bowled so far! It was the worst performance i have ever seen against Lancashire at the weekend. I was appalled and we need to make wholesale changes. I would give Rankin and Metters a chance. And why haven’t we bowled Clarke in the T20s so far? They have been very strange performances all round so far! From a very disappointed Bears fan!

  7. Yes Baggers I was at the Lancs game too and it was a dreadfully one sided affair!

    Some changes do need to be made although at the momment they seem determined to use the same team for every game!

    If Botha is fit he needs to come into the team even if it means Patel is left out!

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