Saturday’s Warwickshire Bears T20 game at Rugby School has been heralded a great success.
And the Bears have not ruled out a return to the venue next year. The Bears first ever T20 home match away from Edgbaston was a sell-out as a 3,000 strong crowd gathered to watch them take on Glamorgan Dragons
Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “Rugby School has fantastic facilities and its staff did an excellent job on making this inaugural Friends Life t20 match away from Edgbaston a fantastic, sun-soaked occasion.
“We’re keen to give as many people as possible the chance to see Warwickshire in action and the sell-out crowd of 3,000 local fans have certainly proved that there is an appetite for games to be staged away from our traditional home of Edgbaston.
“We won’t know the team’s 2014 fixture schedule until the end of the year, but if there is a suitable opportunity we hope to speak with Rugby School about returning here in the future.”
Unfortunately Bears were unable to rise to the occasion and were beaten by eight wickets. Warwickshire won the toss and batted, looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of Glamorgan three days earlier. Bears made a brisk start but were checked back with the four overs of the power-play. Wickets fell at regular intervals and Bears posted a total of 126-8 with Chopra top scorer on 30.
Rugby’s Graham Wagg, returning to his home town with Glamorgan, had little joy with the ball going for 20 runs with no wickets from his three overs.
In reply, Glamorgan’s opening pair of Mark Wallace and Jim Allenby were in scintillating form picking up eight boundaries in the first four overs. Glamorgan eventually cruised to victory, finishing in style with a six to end on 132-2 from 17.4 overs.