Blast Preview: Bears v Steelbacks

It’s win or bust for the Bears.

Three games to go, two at home, and they’re looking from the outside in.

"It’s pretty simple. Come on Sunday and win a game of cricket."

Jeetan Patel

But, despite that, there’s still an opportunity.

Friday’s derby defeat was tough to take for the side, but there’s still plenty of belief they can gain that all-important momentum.

“Everything’s about momentum in this competition so let’s get it now,” said Captain Jeetan Patel.

“There are three games to go and everyone’s beating everyone.

“It’s been hard and we haven’t managed to get on a roll on at any point.

“We’ve changed batting line-ups, looked at different options but we’re not making excuses.

“But that’s part of our learning.”

The Bears continue to show promising signs.

On Friday, the hosts reached 184/5, with excellent contributions from Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Matt Lamb and Michael Burgess.

The Captain mentioned the latter two specifically for praise.

“Those players are really good players who work really hard,” the 39-year-old added.

“It’s just a shame they couldn’t be on the winning side of it because I think they deserved it tonight.”

Next up on Sunday are the Steelbacks who are also in the same must-win mode.

Northants sit ninth, but the like Bears have a game in hand on the fourth, fifth and sixth-placed teams.

“We have to lift ourselves,” concluded Patel.

“If these guys come in on Sunday disappointed and down then they shouldn’t be there.

“It’s pretty simple. Come on Sunday and win a game of cricket.

“The fans were so good tonight, especially the way they were singing at the back end.

“It’s awesome to play at Edgbaston when it’s full.”

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