Title is in our hands
Posted in Domestic Cricket
It looks like we are set for an interesting finish in the LV= County Championship. From Warwickshire's point it's simple - if we win our last two games then it's our title.
It will go down to the last round of fixtures but this week will be crucial to the three sides at the top. For us it's Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston, starting on Wednesday, then Hampshire at the Rose Bowl next week.
We are in second position with two games remaining. We are seven points behind leaders Durham but have a game in hand on them, while Lancashire are three points behind us in third.
The boys are pretty relaxed at the moment. I'm sure there will be some nerve-wracking moments to come but everyone seems chilled out.
We are quite used to playing under pressure. Last season and the season before we finished the summer really strongly. Both times we were down at the bottom of the table and we needed to win games to stay up. This season we need to win games but for a different reason.
Our season has been a reversal of last year where our championship form was poor compared to our efforts in one-day cricket. It's been totally different this year. We always knew we had the makings of a good four-day side but we haven't clicked in previous seasons.
It's been a real squad effort. Everyone has stepped up and shown what they can do. I'm happy with the role I have played so far. I took my 50th championship wicket in our last match. That's a nice milestone for me and the second season in succession that I've taken 50 wickets. I won't be standing still though. I want to add to those wickets and bowl Warwickshire to the title.
It's a horrible cliché but we won't look too far ahead. We've just got to concentrate on winning sessions. We are all feeling pretty confident at the moment. We've played 14 games so far and it's gone pretty well. There is no point trying to change anything. We will be going out to try and win the first half an hour, first hour and first session of each day.
I'm pretty sure the weather will play a part but there is no point worrying about it. It's completely out of our control.
Nottinghamshire, our opponents this week, won the title last year so they are a good side. They are champions for a reason. However, they are mid-table at the moment and don't have much to play for. They can't win the title and they can't get relegated. They will be trying to finish as high as possible and we won't be taking them lightly. They have some good players like Alex Hales, Andre Adams and Chris Read.
Lancashire have an important game against Hampshire this week. I'm sure we'll be keeping an eye on how that game is going but checking up on their scorecard won't be the first thing we do once we leave the field.