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Winning the championship is our Olympic gold

Posted in Domestic Cricket

We have another big game on Friday when we play Surrey at Edgbaston in the LV= County Championship. All our remaining games are important but this is especially so after we lost to Somerset last week.

It's really tight at the top of Division One with just 24 points separating the top five teams. We've been top for the majority of the season but some bad results could see that all change.

After the hard work we put in during the first half of the season, we don't want to see that go to waste.

We are really spurred on by last year when Lancashire pipped us to the title on the last day. That really hurt. It was a horrible way to miss out after playing so well all season. We will use those memories to make sure get it right this time around.

One or two bad sessions can really cost you, which is what happened last week against Somerset. We played really well for the majority of the game and we probably outplayed them on the whole. Unfortunately we had a bad second innings and that cost us.

We were in a great position halfway through the game - we scored 400 and bowled them out for 254. Perhaps we fell into the trap of thinking it was our game to lose. We were then bowled out for 124.

The difference was Craig Kieswetter's 152 on day four - he played brilliantly. At tea we didn't think we had a chance but Keith Barker bowled exceptionally well and we took four quick wickets during the final session to get them nine down. Unfortunately we couldn't take the last wicket.

Keith Barker & Warwickshire

Keith Barker bowled superbly last week and gave us a chance of winning a match that looked completely out of reach at tea

It sounds strange but we took a lot of confidence out of that game, even though we lost. We thought we were dead and buried but fought back to give ourselves an unlikely sniff of victory.

It was a great game to be involved in and I'm sure the spectators at Taunton enjoyed what they saw.

I like playing down there. That's the second time in succession I have scored a hundred at Taunton. It's just a shame it wasn't in a winning cause.

We are back at home this week against Surrey who have the potential to be a very dangerous side. They can be a bit hit or miss at times but we won't be taking them lightly.

I'm really looking forward to watching the Olympics on TV. Unfortunately, with our busy schedule, there is no chance of seeing any of it live.

If I could choose to watch an event it would be the 100m final. I'm one of the quickest members of the Warwickshire squad but I couldn't imagine what it'd be like to race Usain Bolt. He'd probably beat me by about 30 metres. That's quite a scary thought.