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No half measures after reaching quarter finals

Posted in Domestic Cricket

We qualified for the Friends Provident t20 quarter finals after beating Yorkshire on Wednesday night but Ashley Giles has told us to win our last two games and guarantee a home draw.

There is always a good atmosphere at Edgbaston which can work to our advantage, so we would like a quarter-final here. We always get a good crowd for Twenty20 matches and they can often act as a twelfth man for us.

Last night against Yorkshire we did not play particularly well - in fact, our bowling wasn't great and our fielding was abysmal - but if we can still win when playing badly then that has to be a good sign.

We batted first and really struggled until Clarkey [Rikki Clarke] and I put on a cameo at the end. Clarkey batted really well. He came in when we were really in trouble at 65 for five and his 39 from 29 balls was our highest score.

Before I went in Gilo told me to consolidate with Clarkey and make sure we batted out the overs. I hit a four first ball which settled the nerves and took about 14 off the last over to finish on 27 from 12 balls to get us up to 145 for eight which was something to bowl at.

I ended up putting on 30 with Clarkey and those runs were pretty crucial in the end. It also shifted the momentum slighly as Yorkshire were on top most of the time we were batting.

When we came out to field we bowled a couple of tight overs and got a wicket before the rain came. We were off the field for ten or 15 minutes and when we came back out, Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Lyth started smashing it about.

Luckily Barks [Keith Barker] got Gibbs out which was a massive wicket for us, but Yorkshire were still in the driving seat. Immi [Imran Tahir] and Ant Botha dragged it back for us with two wickets each and they conceded just 35 runs from their eight overs.

Chris Woakes

Ashley Giles told me to use up all our overs and my partnership with Rikki Clarke helped us post 145 for eight

It left Yorkshire needing 15 off the last over but Barks bowled a great over and finished it off with a hat-trick. He really mixes his pace up well and nails his yorkers which makes him an excellent death bowler. He can bat a bit too.

You don't see many hat-tricks in Twenty20 cricket but we have had two at Warwickshire this season as Immi took one the other week.

Even though we can relax a bit now we have qualified, we won't be taking it easy on the field. We are only a point behind Nottinghamshire so there is a chance we could win the division.

We play Worcestershire at home on Friday evening which is always a good event. There should be a decent crowd in for that game so we will want to play well. We then travel to Leicestershire on Sunday for our final group game. They beat us at Edgbaston recently so we owe them one.

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