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Darren Maddy and Ashley Giles
Giles sets unbeaten target for promotions
By Blast sports reporter Sam Green
Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles is hopeful of two promtions this season. The Bears top their County Championship division ahead of their first fixture in the NatWest Pro40.
Warwickshire get their NatWest Pro40 campaign underway on Sunday (20 July 2008) when they welcome Kent to Edgbaston. The Bears are in Division Two following their relegation in both forms of the game last year.
After a solid start to last season, the Bears ended up slumping to the wrong end of the County Championship and Pro40 league. This disastrous decline was the catalyst for several changes in the club’s managerial department.
Warwickshire CCC 2008
Under new director of cricket Ashley Giles, Warwickshire have performed consistently and remain undefeated, sitting at the top of County Championship’s Division Two. Giles will be hoping the team can emulate this form in the limited-overs version of the game, beginning against Kent.
The former England spinner has helped turn the Bears fortunes around, and is confident that his players will not feel the pressure following last season’s plummet.
Giles said: “All we can do is keep playing the same brand of cricket that we’ve played so far, if we do that there’s no reason for pressure to come into it, because we’ll stay top and we’ll win the championship, and that has to be our aim.”
At the half way point of the season, Giles outlines the importance of continuous good form. After two victories in the opening round of fixtures, the new coach has set his team targets for the forthcoming matches.
“We want to win three games in this run-in, but we’re also unbeaten at this stage, and if we can remain (unbeaten), that’s another key factor. In the past it’s proved that sides who lose very few games have success, so it’s important for us to keep that record,” Giles added.
The duel-promotion charge can only be helped by the acquisition of New Zealand’s Chris Martin, who Giles spoke very highly about: “He’s a great bloke to have around the dressing room, great experience, and a very good bowler so he can only add to what we are doing.”
The medium pace bowler, who has taken 140 test wickets, will be looking to add to the four wickets he has already taken on English soil this summer, during New Zealand’s 2-0 test match series defeat to England.
last updated: 17/07/2008 at 13:06