Better than the best in the world

"Who's Ed Pollock?" opposing fans were asking last season when the youngster was pitched into the Birmingham Bears team from apparently nowhere to open the batting. They soon found out.

Polly blazed to prominence with some sensational displays of clean-hitting. Given his chance at the top of the order, the 22-year-old responded by smashing 293 runs at an average of 31.44 and a blistering strike-rate of 174.69 - higher than even that of Colin de Grandhomme who had joined the Bears with the best T20 strike-rate in the world!

It was a sensational start for the former Durham MCCU, Unicorns and Herefordshire batsman. Now, after wintering in Australia, playing club cricket for Rockingham Mandurah in Perth, he just wants to build on it.

"I was pleased how it went last season but I know I have a lot to learn," Polly said. "When my chance came in T20 last year I just hit loads of balls in practice and looked at the best to see how they approached it. People said I was fearless but if I don't free up like that it doesn't work."

The Bears fans are loving the thought of Polly freeing up again this year.