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Brown delighted by Barker and Piolet debuts.

Whilst Sunday's result against Somerset was not the start The Bears wanted, the two debutants in the side can be pleased with their contributions.

Keith Barker and Steffan Piolet were given the nod after the injuries to Neil Carter and Jimmy Anyon and assistant coach Dougie Brown was delighted for them both.

Brown said: "They have both worked extremely hard in pre season and put them- selves in the frame after performing well in the tour away in South Africa.

"Keith can especially be pleased as him and Belly put on a decent partner- ship and Steffan bowled a tidy spell which is never easy on your debut," Brown added. "I am sure there were some nerves for both of the boys but that 1st game is out of the way now and we hope they take the positives from their performances - since Ash took over he said he would give youth its chance and that was shown once again on Sunday.

Former footballer Barker admitted that while he enjoyed his debut, the result was not one he wants to remember.

He said: "When I went into bat, the key was to get off the mark and help support Belly which hopefully I did and from a bowling side, it was great to get my first wicket and hope there are more to come.

"We did let the game slip away a little and this is something we will be working on before we face Scotland in a

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