Troughton proud of players
Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton praised his team for executing their plans for the season to the letter after they wrapped up the LV= County Championship title with an emphatic win over Worcestershire.
The Bears’ victory by an innings and 202 runs at New Road completed an emotional 12-month journey for Troughton’s men, who agonisingly lost out on the title to Lancashire on the final day of last season.
Troughton revealed the plan at the start of the campaign was to clinch the crown with a game to spare to avoid any repeat of last year’s heartbreak, and today his team did just that to secure the championship for the fourth time in 18 years.
“It’s fantastic. Last year, as much as that hurt, it’s what pushed us this year,” Troughton told Sky Sports News.
“From that moment down at the Rose Bowl, when we didn’t get those wickets and we felt completely gutted, we made it our responsibility to push on in the winter and make sure we came back and win it with a game to spare.
“It’s amazing how it’s happened exactly like that - it couldn’t have been written any better. I’m absolutely over the moon.”
For director of cricket Ashley Giles, who admitted to a number of sleepless nights until the job was done, the victory put the seal on a second notable career double.
Giles has won the Ashes as a player and England selector; now he has claimed the county championship as a player and coach.
“It’s amazing. It’s difficult to know what to say or do now we’ve done it,” Giles added.
“I’m just chuffed for everyone, Jim and the team have been fantastic this year - done everything we’ve asked of them.
“They’ve worked very hard since November last year, when we were looking for the 1% that would just take us that one step further.
“It’s probably been two years in the making. After the disappointment of finishing second last year, to win it this year is brilliant.”
Chopra, whose 195 was the cornerstone of Warwickshire’s declared first innings of 471 for eight, no doubt caught the eye of England national selector Geoff Miller with his efforts yesterday, but today the opener was keen to praise the whole team for a job well done.
“It’s been a great effort from the team all year. After what happened last year at the Rose Bowl, it means a lot to us," he said.
“We’re going to enjoy it - it’s been a great effort from all the lads and everyone has chipped in - it’s been a genuine team effort.”