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Bears key man Carter facing fitness race; Giles pleased with progress.

Byline: Andy Walker

WAR W WICKSHIRE are still hopeful of having one-day hero Neil Carter available for this afternoon's penultimate Pro40 fixture at Surrey.

Carter smashed an explosive century during Sunday's 59-run victory over Kent to help keep the Bears on course for the Division Two title. THowever, the big-hitting allrounder was forced to retire on 103 with a back spasm and was seen as a major doubt for the Oval trip. Yet Carter has still travelled with the Bears for today's game, with Giles rating his chances of playing as 50 -50.

"We'll be taking Carts down with us to give him every chance of playing for us. If he can, he will," said Giles, who has received a boost with the news that allrounder Keith Barker is fit again after an ankle injury. "He has felt gradually better as each day has gone past.

"What percentage would I give him (to play)? I'm not sure, I asked our physio and he wasn't able to give me an answer but at the moment I'd say 50-50."

Victory today and at Lancashire on September 27 would see Warwickshire crowned as champions of the 40-over competition's second division.

Carter has been a key player in the Pro40 campaign but Giles is confident that, should his limited overs supremo fail to beat his back problem, Warwickshire still have enough about them to stay in the hunt for the title.

"He (Carter) is an important player but we've got a good one-day squad all the way down," added the Bears chief. "We'll miss Carts because of his all-round ability but we've got depth - to have Rikki (Clarke) batting at number seven is a bonus. He will be missed but we've just got to get on with it." "We're going really well in both competitions and it's good to build up that momentum. It's nice to see guys who had a little wobble midway through the season starting to pick up again - the likes of (Tim) Ambrose, (Jim) Troughton and Woakes. "We are in a great position to win Division Two of the Pro40 and we're T going strong in the Championship. It's pleasing that we've been able to build on what we did last year. We've continued to develop and we've had young guys come in and they've done well."
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