September 7, 2012
Warwickshire County Cricket Club have won the Liverpool Victoria County Championship Division 1 title after comprehensively defeating Worcestershire at New Road.
Warwickshire came so close to winning the championship in 2011 but were piped to the post on the final day by Lancashire, who won a dramatic match against Somerset at Taunton. The county have stated that they used the heartache of 2011 as a real driving force behind this year’s success.
Chris Wright took the final wicket of the match when he cleaned bowled Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson sparking wild celebrations on the pitch, in the dressing room, and the travelling Warwickshire supporters.
Warwickshire’s title success this year has now meant they have lifted this crown on six occasions. Warwickshire last won the title back in 2004 under the captaincy of Nick Knight.
Warwickshire head coach Ashley Giles has now won the Championship as both a player and a coach. There is growing talk that when Andy Flowers time in charge of England comes to an end, he will be replaced by Giles.
Jim Troughton was the man to have captained this side to glory, and he had to do it the hard way, having been without the services of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott for large parts of the season. Fast bowlers Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin have also missed half of their matches.
Not only have Warwickshire won the County Championship but they also have a CB40 final at Lord’s to look forward to in the hope of doing the double. However they face a strong Hampshire side who have already won the Twenty20 competition this season.
Worcestershire have been all but relegated for Division 1 of the County Championship and it looks as though they will be joined by last year’s champions Lancashire.
The Scoop 07/09/2012