With four weeks to go until the Birmingham Bears first NatWest T20 Blast game v Yorkshire Vikings, advance ticket sales for the seven home games at Edgbaston have reached club record levels for domestic cricket’s shortest form of the game.
Warwickshire Captain, Jim Troughton and his squad were officially presented with the LV County Championship Trophy and their medals earlier today by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Local school children got to recreate the moment when Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton lifted the LV County Championship at Worcester, as the coveted trophy visited St Osburgs and Meadows Primary Schools as part of a Warwickshire Cricket Board programme.
Varun Chopra and Jim Troughton took their overnight partnership for the third wicket past a hundred on the second morning before Troughton 54 edged Russell to Cox behind the wicket after he'd earlier been dropped twice off Richardson with the new ball.
Warwickshire squad to face Kent in tomorrow night's CB40 match at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. Jim Troughton (c), Tim Ambrose (wk), Keith Barker, Neil Carter, Varun Chopra, Rikki Clarke, Ateeq Javid
â€œThe great thing about the squad here at Edgbaston is that everyone is always working hard to improve their game, whether that's the younger squad members, or the more experienced players like Jim Troughton, Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke,â€ he said.
Varun Chopra 26, Ian Westwood 24 and Tim Ambrose 23 were the next highest scorers with contributions from ChrisWoakes/Darren Maddy 18, Jim Troughton 16, Keith Barker 15, Richard Johnson 12 and Ateeq Javid who was unbeaten at the close on eleven.
Jim Troughton lost the toss (once again) and Leicestershire elected to field first. The regular pairing of Maddy and Chopra opened the batting for the Bears but the partnership was soon broken as Maddy was stumped by Eckersley for 7 off the bowling of Josh Cobb.
Warwickshire Director of Cricket Ashley Giles and Captain Jim Troughton also reported very positively on the progress of the squad during the 2011 and through their training programme during the winter. They head off to Barbados for the annual preseason tour on 13thMarch.
Warwickshire Skipper Jim Troughton will take to the stage with many of his famous family members in December, as part of a festive fundraising event for Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club Youth Appeal and the Shakespeare's Hospice...
After the interval Warwickshire accelerated their pace with Westwood completing his century and Jim Troughton passing 7,000 career first-class runs before bad light brought the players off the field with the score on 235-3 and play was abandoned for the day.
Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke playe dwell putting the ball into the open spaces and taking the total past 200 with troughton completing a half-century before the Bears' skipper was caught at long on by Howell off Tahir for sixty one.
When Varun Chopra was run out and Will Porterfield followed soon afterwards to a sharp return catch from Jonathan Clare, the Bears were 33-3 but Jim Troughton and Darren Maddy 21 got the innings back on track but albeit, slowly against the accurate slow bowling of Durston, Hughes and Knight.