Bears take it to miserable Tigers.
Warwickshire batted first against the more favoured Tamil Nadu line up. New openers Owen Hemp (24) and Nathan Astle (47) got things off to a flying start as the pair put on 64 inside 12 overs. Hemps dismissal triggered a minor collapse as Warwickshire crashed to 101/4.
Rookie Trevor Rowell, and Australian international Michael Clarke meet each other at the crease for the first time. The pair batted superb making added 131 off 132 bowls. Clarke went eventually for 77 of only 73 balls including 2 sixes and 5 fours. Rowell went a few overs later for a solidly put together 79, not bad on debut. With Rowell and Clarke on the charge 300+ looked on fo sho, but a few late wickets saw the innings putt out and finish at a very respectable 278/8, which the sold out City of Birmingham Stadium showed their full appreciation to giving their boys a standing ovation.
Tamil Nadu manager Andrew Cloete looks very anxious during the break. Trying to inspire to his players to only TNs second win in 3 seasons (no wins in season 2, only 1 win season 3).
His talk as expected did nothing as a rampant Warwickshire took TN to the cleaners. Adam Dale (2/38) and Ben Gregson (2/48) helped see Tamil Nadu reduced to 19/4, before finally Hitchcock (3/39) and Astle (3/16) capped off a stunning start to the season, as Tamil Nadu crumbled all out for 178 in the 37th over.
"Great to the season. Hopefully the start of better things to come" - Kurt Christensen, Warwickshire manager.