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Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles hopes for a full game in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final this evening

Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles is keen to avoid a second bowl-out against Kent after rain delayed their Twenty20 Cup quarter-final clash at Edgbaston.

The two teams needed a shoot-out in the indoor nets on the ground 14 years ago to settle a quarter-final which ended 5-4 in the Bears’ favour as they went on to win the competition.

Yesterday’s washout on Wednesday means the same will happen again if the elements fail to relent today when the teams try again at 5pm.

Giles said: “I was playing in a second team game for Warwickshire when that bowl-out took place all those years ago but no-one wants a bowl-out to settle things.

“We want to see a good game of cricket. Both ourselves and Kent have played good Twenty20 cricket this season so we will hopefully get a good crowd in and see some good spells with bat and ball.

“We have done a check on the weather forecast and it looks okay so we are looking forward to getting started.”

Kent would not have been unhappy if the game started earlier as they have a lengthy journey afterwards back to Canterbury for an LV County Championship match with Yorkshire although the start has been put back until 12pm on Friday.

But Giles believes it is important to start the match in the evening because 6,000 fans have already purchased tickets for the last-eight battle.

He said: “I think you have to look after the spectators. They have been good for us in Twenty20.

“The competition has taken a bit of a battering in the last week and we need to look after the game.

“We have sold 6,000 tickets and for us we want to play in front of a crowd with a good atmosphere. A quarter-final with a few hundred people watching is no good for anyone.”

“To be fair, even if we wanted to start earlier, the ground is very wet and so there is a lot of preparation for the groundstaff to do before we play any cricket.”

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