Warwickshire County Cricket Club was first founded in 1882 in a meeting at the Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa. They now make up one of the 18 county teams. The Warwickshire Bears play all their home games at Edgbaston, a 25,000 seater stadium used for numerous international games. In the bears history they have achieved 6 county championship trophies, 4 Pro-40 Trophies, 5 FP Trophies but are still yet to win the T-20 cup.
In 2011, the Bears narrowly missed out last season on
the final day of the season as they drew with Hampshire but Lancashire
winning to take the Division 1 crown. Despite this heart breaking loss
it was Chris Woakes who performed superbly throughout the season taking
his 200th first class wicket last July and gave the Bears a chance to
win the league. Warwickshire had a poor one day format as they failed
to retain there CB 40 title and finished 8th inj their T-20 campaign.
feeling around and within Edgbaston for the 2012 season is that the
Bears lead by their coach Giles could win the LV=CC Division 1. One key
factor in this though is the Bears ability to get themselves out of
tricky situations time and time again which is proving to be very tough
for other teams. This was true on the first day against Durham this
year when the Bears bowled Durham out for 164. However, the Bears
replied with 14-4 contributed to the Bears huge hole but by the end of
the first day Ian Bell hit a unbeaten 59 to not only get himself back
into form but end with Warwickshire on 116-5. It is this Team Spirit
and determination that will help the Warwickshire lads get out of
difficult situations as a team.
In the shorter formats, both 40
and 20-over, a huge improvement is needed after last year’s
disappointing performances. Much attention has gone into that objective
during the winter but the most alluring prospect for the 5 months ahead
is of a serious challenge from the Bears to bring the championship back
to Birmingham after a 8 years absence.
Warwickshire C.C.C will have to turn to their key players if they are in with a shout of winning the title. Key Players:
Chris Woakes: The 6 ft 1 inch, 23 year old All-Rounder is proving to be
a real handful for opposing teams. Woakes has a batting average of
33.36 runs and has taken 223 wickets in 61 first class games. Woakes
has been selected by England before and is expected to make a full
break through into the first team within the next few years but his
ability with bat and ball could prove a key factor in the Bears title
hopes. Woakes is currently injured but is expected to return at the end
of this month or the start of next month.
2. Boyd Rankin is a
6ft 8 inch right arm fast-medium. Rankin is nothing special with the
bat but when he gets hold of the ball he could devastate the opposing
batting line-up. When Woakes and Rankin are combined you could
guarantee that the opposing batting line up will struggle to get even
the simplest of runs. Currently, Rankin is injured as well but when he
comes back in the Bears could be unstoppable with the ball if they both
play at the same time.
3. Varun Chopra is a 6ft 1 inch opening
batsmen. Chopra played for Essex from 2005-2009 but it wasn’t until he
moved to the Bears where he really succeeded. Chopra has a average of
34.82 but his back to back double hundred last year was the moment that
Chopra really believed in his fantastic ability. Chopra usually gets
the bears on their way very well but when he gets in he could be there
for hours and this is why he is one of the key players due to this
4. Jonathon Trott & Ian Bell. When these 2 English
batsmen are not being used by England they are usually very reliable.
Warwickshire always would love to have them playing every game but this
is not possible but when they do return form international duty you can
expect a good batting performance.
5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
born 16 August 1974 is a former captain of the West Indies. Chanderpaul
is one of the top ranked batsmen in the world under the current ICC
test rankings, and is currently ranked number one. This is why the
Bears are so lucky to have him in there squad as the overseas player.
Chanderpaul will not be available for every game due to international
duty but when he does play he will be one deadly batsmen for the
Warwickshire C.C.C are favourites to win
the league but it won’t be easy but I strongly feel that this is their
season to show everyone what they can do.