At the end of today’s play against Durham the Bears are facing defeat squarely in the face. Barring a miracle or a tropical storm Durham will beat Warwickshire by an innings and plenty at some point tomorrow – most likely between lunch and tea. (A mere snack for the Durham bowlers in-between meals.)
I wrote a lengthy post in this blog a while back (after the disasterous collapse in the second innings against Lancs) about how, amid wickets tumbling and near certain defeat, players need to focus on their own personal goals and acheivements even though the team effort is doomed to failure.
So, given that all realistic hope of avoiding defeat is lost, what reason is there for the Warwickshire batsmen to even ‘turn up’ in the sporting sense, tomorrow.
Well, we have seven wickets left, so here are seven reasons why the batsmen should fight to the bitter end of this game no matter what the result of the match may be!
1. Durham are our first opponents in the T20 Cup at Chester-le-Street on 2nd June. So best not to roll over too easily it might lower morale for the start of our T20 campaign!
2. Jim Troughton. He has been getting a lot of stick from fans last season and this one too. Now would be a good chance for him to prove that he should be in the team for his batting skills alone as well as his captaincy and fine fielding.
3. Twitter. A lot of the Warwickshire team like to spend their nights off having a bit of banter with their followers on Twitter. If they have been seen to try their best for Warwickshire then they will be assured of a warmer reception online - and with the Champions League final taking place on Saturday night the Tweeting banter will be at fever pitch over the weekend!
4. Chris Metters. Metters is probably the best spin bowler that Warwickshire have availiable at the momment – but once Ant Botha is fit and Paul Best is fully availiable and free of university commitments – Metters’ skill with the bat may come in for almost as much scrutiny as his skill with the ball. So every run here could count towards the assessment of his all-round usefulness to the team!
5. The Pitch Controversy. If ever a team had a reason to want to prove a point to anybody who is watching it is the Bears! C’mon guys show the ECB that they have not broken your spirit yet!
6. Also, the Bears should want to show that they are a good team without their England – and now Ireland – superstars! Do it for the county pros!
7. Religious reasons. Many of us do not converse with the almighty as often as perhaps we should. So when we do it is perhaps not good for the destination of our eternal souls if our prayers are primarily concerned with sending heay rain clouds in the direction of Edgbaston.
And if all that fails to motivate our remaining batsmen tomorrow – then do it for your mum!
She could be watching Sky Sports News!
Here’s to a glorious defeat . . . . . Yoouuu Beeaaarrrsssss!!!!