Bears celebrate Championship success at Member's Reception
Warwickshire’s LV County Championship-winning squad celebrated their 2012 season with Club Members last night in their first official function since taking domestic cricket’s most coveted trophy with one game to spare.
Staged in Edgbaston Stadium’s Banqueting Suite, the Bears received a standing ovation as skipper Jim Troughton led the squad in to celebrate the Club’s seventh LV County Championship success, before the traditional End of Season Awards were presented.
All-rounder Rikki Clarke took the Members’ Player of the Year Award after scoring 760 Championship runs – including three centuries – and taking 20 wickets, whilst wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose took the Grizzlies Player of the Year Award for his 56 dismissals and 981 runs in all forms of the game.
Fast bowler Chris Wright took the Player’s Player of the Year Award after taking an impressive 62 County Championship wickets in his first full season for the Club, whilst batsman Laurie Evans took the award for Most Improved Second Team Player after scoring 855 runs in all Second XI competitions.
Ashley Giles, Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket, said: “After last season’s heartbreak on the final day at Hampshire we looked hard at what areas where we could gain an extra few per cent to make ourselves better. The guys have certainly done that and I’m very proud of their achievement.
“To win the LV County Championship and win through to a CB40 Final at Lords counts as a fantastic season for this Club. However, I believe that we have the potential to go on to even bigger things. We have a strong squad, good skills sets and age on our side, so I see no reason why we cannot repeat this success in years to come.”
The Club also said a fond farewell to all-rounder Neil Carter, fast bowler Andy Miller and scorer David Wainwright.
Carter – who is currently receiving a Benefit Year at the Club – retires after 12 seasons at Edgbaston, having made 386 appearances for the Bears in all competitions, scoring 7,483 runs and taking 631 wickets.
Since joining the Bears in 2001 he has enjoyed a glittering career that included two LV County Championship title, one CB40 trophy, a Benson & Hedges Cup win and the Professional Cricketer’s Association’s prestigious Most Valuable Player Award.
Twenty-Four year-old Miller moves on to pastures new after seven seasons with Warwickshire, taking 35 wickets in 18 First-Class appearances.
Long-term servant to the Club, David Wainwright also retired from his role at the scorer after 21 years with the Club and 14 as scorer.
The team will be making several appearances over the coming months with the LV County Championship Trophy, and please keep up to date with this information at www.edgbaston.com.