Troughton inspired by Lord's return
Hampshire were responsible for ensuring Warwickshire ended 2011 on a low note, yet revenge will not be the primary source of motivation for the Bears when they aim to claim the Clydesdale Bank 40 crown for a second time in three years tomorrow.
Jim Troughton’s side looked set to claim the LV= County Championship title 12 months ago, only to see that honour go to Lancashire when a Hampshire team already condemned to relegation batted out the final day to secure a draw.
This year’s title triumph has done much to erase the pain of that setback.
However, although Troughton concedes his side have a score to settle, he rejects the notion that previous meetings - Warwickshire also lost to Hampshire in the 2005 C&G Trophy final - will be at the front of his mind this weekend.
For Warwickshire’s captain, the prospect of lifting a trophy at Lord’s for the third time is enough of a spur.
“I think we still owe them a bit for the end of last season, when they batted all day and prevented us from winning the championship,” Troughton told ecb.co.uk.
“There are also a few survivors from the 2005 team - the likes of myself, Carts (Neil Carter) and Belly (Ian Bell) - but we are two very different teams from that day and a final is a final, it doesn’t matter what the history is.
“It’s all about getting down to Lord’s and whoever performs, rises to the occasion and remains calm in the critical moments of the game.”
Troughton was part of the Warwickshire team that defeated Somerset to claim the CB40 crown two years ago and also featured in the Benson & Hedges Cup triumph over Essex at the home of cricket in 2002.
Having experienced the electric atmosphere of a Lord’s final on numerous occasions, he is well placed to offer advice to the younger members of Warwickshire’s squad.
“We’ve got guys who were there in 2010 and we’ve got guys who have yet to experience that,” he added.
“I’ve said to those guys to just enjoy every minute of it, because you are very privileged to play in a Lord’s final.
“I’m lucky that this will be the fourth in my career, and every one has been special in its own way. A trip to Lord’s for a final is something to be treasured.”
Should the Edgbaston outfit triumph, they will, of course, complete a notable double.
A proud Troughton is eager to highlight the significance of their efforts thus far.
“To win two trophies in one season, in two different forms of the game, is very hard,” he said.
“t’s hard to be up there and exceptional in both red- and white-ball cricket, especially in these two competitions that run alongside each other the whole season.
“It’s been a real squad effort all the way through, so to be able to walk away with two trophies, one in the CB40 and one in the championship, would be a real achievement.”