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Warwickshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class cricket, first-class county cricket, county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the Historic counties of England, historic county of Warwickshire. Its 50 overs team is called the Warwickshire Bears and its T20 team the Birmingham Bears. Founded in 1882, the club held minor counties of English and Welsh cricket, minor status until it was elevated to first-class in 1894 pending its entry into the County Championship in 1895. Since then, Warwickshire have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England. Warwickshire's kit colours are black and gold and the shirt sponsor is Gullivers Sports Travel. The club's home is Edgbaston Cricket Ground in south Birmingham, which regularly hosts Test cricket, Test and One-Day International matches.


Honours


First XI honours

* County Championship (8) – 1911 English cricket season, 1911, 1951 English cricket season, 1951, 1972 English cricket season, 1972, 1994 English cricket season, 1994, 1995 English cricket season, 1995, 2004 County Championship, 2004, 2012 County Championship, 2012, 2021 County Championship, 2021 :''Division Two'' (2) – 2008 County Championship, 2008, 2018 County Championship, 2018 * Gillette/NatWest/C&G/Friends Provident Trophy (5) – 1966 Gillette Cup, 1966, 1968 Gillette Cup, 1968, 1989 NatWest Trophy, 1989, 1993 NatWest Trophy, 1993, 1995 NatWest Trophy, 1995 * Sunday/Pro 40 League/CB40/Royal London One-Day Cup (5) – 1980 English cricket season, 1980, 1994, 1997 English cricket season, 1997, 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40, 2010, 2016 Royal London One-Day Cup, 2016 :''Division Two'' (1) – 2009 English cricket season, 2009 * Benson & Hedges Cup (2) – 1994, 2002 Benson & Hedges Cup, 2002 * NatWest t20 Blast (1) – 2014 NatWest t20 Blast, 2014 * Bob Willis Trophy (1) – 2021 Bob Willis Trophy, 2021


Second XI honours

* Second XI Championship (2) – 1979, 1996 * Second XI Trophy (1) – 2006 * Minor Counties Championship (2) – 1959, 1962


Earliest cricket

Cricket may have reached Warwickshire by the end of the 17th century. The ''Warwickshire & Staffordshire Journal'' was certainly aware of the sport in 1738 for it carried a report of a London Cricket Club, London v Mitcham game at the Artillery Ground on 11 August (London won by 1 wicket). The earliest confirmed reference to cricket in the county is a match announcement in ''Aris’ Gazette'' on 15 July 1751. There was a prominent club in Coventry towards the end of the 18th century which played two well-documented matches against Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Club, Leicester in 1787 and 1788. Reports of both games are included in ''Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket'' by G. B. Buckley. Leicester won both games by 45 and 28 runs respectively.


Club history

Warwickshire CCC was officially founded on 8 April 1882 at a meeting in The Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa. The club developed so well that by the time of the first official County Championship in 1890 it was playing some of the top first-class cricket, first-class counties such as Surrey County Cricket Club, Surrey and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Yorkshire. Warwickshire became first-class themselves in 1894 and surprised the cricket world with wins over Surrey at The Oval and Nottinghamshire. They competed in the County Championship from 1895 but despite being strong in batting, their bowling was, until the arrival of Sam Hargreave and Frank Field (cricketer, born 1874), Frank Field in 1899, very weak. From 1900 to 1906 they were strong enough to be in the upper-middle reaches of the table, but the decline of their bowling from 1907 returned them to the lower reaches of the table late in that decade. Frank Foster (cricketer), Frank Foster, who first played as an amateur left-arm pace bowler in 1908 but improved greatly in 1910 as a result of slowing his pace to gain accuracy, still stands as Warwickshire's greatest all-rounder. In 1911 he headed both batting and bowling averages and, along with a fully fit Frank Field (cricketer, born 1874), Frank Field, enabled Warwickshire to take the Championship from the "Big Six" for the only time between 1890 and 1935. Foster and Field took between then 238 wickets, but in ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Wisden'' nobody doubted that Warwickshire's win was largely caused by an abnormally dry summer, and the following three years saw them return to mid-table although Foster in 1914 displayed all-round form equal to that of 1911. In 1919, with Foster having had an accident that ended his short career, Warwickshire fell to last in the table. They did not improve a great deal until the 1930s when Bob Wyatt's captaincy and the bowling of Mayer, Paine and Hollies moved them to fourth in 1934, but as Paine rapidly declined, they fell away. When Wyatt left for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcestershire after World War II, they declined even further despite Hollies' wonderful bowling in 1946 – with no support at all, he took 175 wickets for only 15 each. The acquisition of New Zealand speedster Tom Pritchard gave Hollies the necessary support and by 1948 they had one of the strongest attacks in county cricket. It was this bowling power, along with effective, if not wonderful batting, that gave them the Championship in 1951. However, as with 1911, they fell off rapidly as their batting became unreliable over the rest of the decade. After Hollies' retirement in 1957, there were some very poor seasons (though they came fourth in 1959 due to Mike Smith's superb batting) until Tom Cartwright emerged as a top-class seam bowler in 1962. The county came second in 1964 but did not establish itself at the top until the late 1960s. In 1971 Lance Gibbs' magnificent bowling enabled them to come second, whilst brilliant batting gave them a clear Championship win in 1972. Yet again, though, a Championship win was followed by a decline and the next twenty years saw the county almost always in the lower half of the table. In 1981 and 1982, with Bob Willis doing nothing for them whilst producing match-winning form for England, they averaged over 45 runs for each wicket they took – still a record. Only under the coaching of Bob Woolmer and captaincy of Dermot Reeve (with their allowed foreign player being one of Brian Lara, Shaun Pollock or Allan Donald) did the team become ''consistently'' successful. Although they had won the NatWest Trophy in 1989, it was their astonishing victory in the same competition in 1993, overhauling a record score posted by Sussex in the final, which launched their most dominant period in English cricket. In 1994 they secured a Warwickshire County Cricket Club in 1994, historic treble, winning the County Championship, Axa Equity & Law League (later the National Cricket League and Pro40) and Benson & Hedges Cup. In that season Lara set the world record for a first-class cricket score of 501 whilst playing for Warwickshire against Durham County Cricket Club; the team total of 810–4 declared in that match is also a club record. In 1995 they won the County Championship again, and also won the C&G Trophy. This was to be the last trophy of Dermot Reeve's captaincy with him stepping down during the 1996 season, Bob Woolmer also having moved on to coach South Africa. 1997 saw them lifting the AXA league trophy once again, but this proved to be a false dawn. Performances for the next few years were poor, including relegation to the second division of the County Championship and National Cricket leagues. However they have since been promoted in both competitions (though relegated again in the National Cricket League), won the Benson & Hedges Cup in 2002 and strong performances with the bat saw the county reclaim the County Championship in 2004. Warwickshire were once again promoted in the national cricket league and played in the top division of both competitions in 2006. Until the year 2005, the club captain was Nick Knight (cricketer), Nick Knight, the coach was John Inverarity, and the Chief Executive was Dennis Amiss, though all three stepped down at the end of the season. Heath Streak was appointed as captain for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, but resigned after one game of the 2007 season on 25 April 2007, and Darren Maddy replaced Streak as captain. The 2007 English cricket season, 2007 Championship season was a big disaster for Warwickshire, who were relegated to Division Two, after not winning a single game since they topped the table in early May. They also got relegated from Pro40 league, a matter made worse when local rivals Worcestershire CCC clinched the title. Since the end of the disastrous 2007 season, Warwickshire made several changes to the team and management staff. Controversial coach Mark Greatbatch was sacked and Ashley Giles replaced him as Director of Cricket. Former Warwickshire Bear and South Africa international Allan Donald joined the Bears' coaching staff. Fans favourite Dougie Brown also took up an Academy Coaching role. After a successful campaign in Division 2, the Bears were promoted back to the top flight after only a season's absence in September 2008. Maddy stepped down from the captaincy in November 2008. Ian Westwood was announced as his replacement. In 2009 Indian seamer Sreesanth replaced Jeetan Patel, who was busy with national duties for New Zealand cricket team, New Zealand, to become the first Indian to join the club. Westwood, in turn, stepped down as captain at the end of the 2010 season. Jim Troughton took over as captain shortly after, before struggling with injury during the 2014 season. Varun Chopra stood in before Troughton retired from first-class cricket in 2015, promoting Chopra to permanent captain. Early in 2016, Varun Chopra resigned the captaincy in order to focus on batting, with Ian Bell taking over as captain. At the end of the 2016 season despite winning the Royal London Cup earlier in the season, Director of Cricket Dougie Brown was replaced by Jim Troughton as Head Coach with former Director of Cricket Ashley Giles returning to Edgbaston to take responsibility for all cricket associated with Warwickshire. Bell resigned as captain on 20 August 2017.


Twenty20 Cup history

2003 Warwickshire's first-ever game in Twenty20 cricket was against Somerset at Taunton, where the Bears defeated the Sabres by 19 runs. This result was followed by wins over Worcestershire (by 20 runs), Glamorgan (by 68 runs), and Northamptonshire (by 54 runs). Gloucestershire, who finished first in the division, were the only team to beat the Bears when they won by 8 wickets at Edgbaston. This meant that Warwickshire finished second in the Midlands, West and Wales Division behind Gloucestershire, and qualified for the finals day as the best runner-up. The finals day was held on 19 July at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Warwickshire met Leicestershire in their semi-final, who they defeated by 7 wickets, with Trevor Penney top-scoring for the Bears with 43 runs. Surrey claimed victory over Gloucestershire in their semi-final to set up a Surrey-Warwickshire final. Unfortunately, Warwickshire were unable to perform in the final and only scored 115 runs. Surrey managed to score 119 runs in just 11 overs and claimed victory. 2004 With expectations high at Edgbaston, Warwickshire entertained Somerset in the first clash of the 2004 season. The Bears secured victory by 7 wickets. After Warwickshire lost to Glamorgan (by 26 runs), things started to look bad for the Bears. Defeats against Worcestershire (by 3 wickets), and Northamptonshire (by 4 wickets), left the team in danger of not qualifying for the Quarter-Finals, but victory over Gloucestershire (by 2 wickets) on the last day, meant that Warwickshire qualified as one of the best third-placed team. The Bears drew Glamorgan in the quarter-finals. Although they had managed to beat Glamorgan at Cardiff once, Warwickshire were not able to achieve victory again, and lost by 5 wickets to the Dragons, who progressed to the finals day, and eventually went out to the 2004 victors, the Leicestershire Foxes. 2005 With changes to the format for the 2005 season, Warwickshire now had to play 8 games in the group stage to qualify. Their first game of the season was against Worcestershire at New Road, where the Bears lost by only 1 run. This was followed by defeats to Northamptonshire (by 38 runs), and another 1-run defeat to Worcestershire. Warwickshire secured qualification from the MMW division in second after victories over Glamorgan (by 20 runs and by 4 runs) Somerset (by 47 runs) Northamptonshire (by 41 runs), and a no-result against Gloucestershire. Warwickshire bowed out of the competition in the quarter-final to Surrey. After sharing a nail-biting draw (Surrey 149 (20 Overs), Warwickshire 115 (15 Overs)), a bowl off followed, with Surrey claiming victory 4–3. Surrey would go on to be defeated in the Semi-Final to Lancashire, who themselves lost in the final to Somerset. 2006 Warwickshire started the 2006 season by playing Northamptonshire at the County Ground, Northampton where the Bears won by 24 runs. This was followed by wins over Somerset (by 7 wickets), Northampton (by 20 runs), Worcestershire (by 11 runs); defeats to Glamorgan (by 6 wickets), Gloucestershire (by 3 runs), Worcestershire (by 4 runs), and a no-result against Glamorgan. Warwickshire secured 3rd position in the table, but their record was worse than both Yorkshire and Kent (who both finished third in their respected leagues), so did not qualify for the quarter-final. The final's day was once again controlled by Leicestershire, who beat Nottinghamshire in a spectacular final that lasted to the last over of the game. 2007 Warwickshire recruited the services of twice winner, and Twenty20 expert Darren Maddy for the 2007 season, and his expertise helped the team to once again reach the quarter-finals of the competition. The Bears started with a victory over Somerset by 7 runs. This was followed by wins against Glamorgan (by 3 runs and by 9 runs) Northamptonshire (by 12 runs), Gloucestershire (by 27 runs), defeats against Northamptonshire (by 4 wickets), Worcestershire (by 13 runs), and no results against Worcestershire. The Bears qualified as the MMW leaders, with 11 points from 8 games. In the quarter-final, Warwickshire hosted Lancashire in an entertaining game. After Lancashire set the Bears 194 to win, Warwickshire were able to claw back to 187 for 7, and lost by 7 runs. It was Lancashire who would go through to face Gloucestershire, Sussex, and Kent on the Finals day, held at Edgbaston in August. 2012 Warwickshire finished 4th of 6 teams in the Midlands/Wales/West division, failing to make the quarter-finals. 2013 Warwickshire finished 4th of 6 teams in the Midlands/Wales/West division, failing to make the quarter-finals. After the season, Warwickshire changed their name to Birmingham Bears for T20 competitions. The Bears has been synonymous with the team for many years and will continue to play under the Warwickshire banner in the other two competitions. 2014 The Birmingham Bears came 4th in the North Group (behind Lancashire Lightning, Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Worcestershire Rapids) to qualify for the knockout stages. They faced Essex in the quarter-finals which they won by 19 Runs, to reach finals day at their home ground. On Finals Day, having beaten Surrey in the semi-final, they went on to beat Lancashire by 4 runs to win their first T20 title.


List of captains


Players


Current squad

* No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt. * denotes players with international caps. * denotes a player who has been awarded a Cricket cap#First-class cricket, county cap.


Notable Warwickshire players

England * Dennis Amiss * Bob Barber (cricketer), Bob Barber * Ian Bell * Tom Cartwright * Frank Foster (cricketer), Frank Foster * Ashley Giles * Eric Hollies * John Jameson (cricketer), John Jameson * Nick Knight (cricketer), Nick Knight * Dick Lilley * Tim Munton * George Paine (cricketer), George Paine * Willie Quaife * Boyd Rankin * Dermot Reeve * Gladstone Small * Alan Smith (cricketer), A. C. Smith * M. J. K. Smith * Neil Smith (cricketer, born 1967), Neil Smith * Paul Smith (cricketer, born 1964), Paul Smith * Tiger Smith * Dick Spooner * Jonathan Trott * Bob Willis * Chris Woakes * R. E. S. Wyatt India * S. Sreesanth * Hanuma Vihari Ireland * William Porterfield * Boyd Rankin * Mark Adair Kenya * Collins Obuya New Zealand * Martin Donnelly (cricketer), Martin Donnelly * Brendon McCullum * Jeetan Patel * Tom Pritchard * Roger Twose * Daniel Vettori Pakistan * Younis Khan * Waqar Younis * Mohammad Yousuf (cricketer, born 1974), Mohammad Yousuf Scotland * Dougie Brown * Navdeep Poonia South Africa * Allan Donald * Shaun Pollock * Dale Steyn * Imran Tahir * Monde Zondeki Sri Lanka * Kumar Sangakkara West Indies * Shivnarine Chanderpaul * Lance Gibbs * Alvin Kallicharran * Rohan Kanhai * Brian Lara * Deryck Murray Zimbabwe * Heath Streak For a full list of Warwickshire players see List of Warwickshire CCC players.


Records


First-class runs

Qualification: at least 20,000 runs


First-class wickets

Qualification: at least 1,000 wickets


Other records

;Notes # Brian Lara's 501not out, * in 1994 is a current world record.


Birmingham Bears

Birmingham Bears are a Twenty20, T20 cricket team located in Birmingham, founded in 2014. They are formally known as the Warwickshire Bears and are a part of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. They currently play at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. They have won one Natwest T20 Blast, the 2014 t20 Blast, beating Lancashire Lightning in the final at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston. Their playing squad and coaching staff are the same as the Warwickshire first-class and List A team, although an additional overseas player is granted for the Twenty20 Cup, T20 Blast. Under the guidance of Dougie Brown and captained by Jim Troughton Birmingham won 7 of their 14 group games, finishing 4th in the North Group and qualifying for the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals they defeated Essex County Cricket Club, Essex by 19 runs, qualifying for Finals Day. In their Finals Day semi-final they defeated Surrey County Cricket Club, Surrey by 16 runs, setting up a final with Lancashire County Cricket Club, Lancashire. In the Final they defeated Lancashire by 4 runs, securing them their first Twenty20 title. The overseas players were Shoaib Malik and Jeetan Patel, who finished the season as leading wicket taker with 25 wickets. This season captained by Varun Chopra Birmingham won 10 of their 14 group games, finishing top of the North Group and qualifying for the quarter-finals. Once again they met Essex in the quarter-finals, defeating them again by 24 runs. At Finals Day however they lost their semi-final to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Northamptonshire who would go on to win the title. Jeetan Patel returned as an overseas player, but was this year joined by fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum. The Bears also set the highest team score of the competition, scoring 242/2 against Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derbyshire in the group stages, with McCullum scoring 158 not out in this game. Once again under a new captain in Ian Bell Birmingham performed poorly, finishing 6th in the North Group winning just 6 of their 14 games. Jeetan Patel returned as overseas player for a third season, this year joined by wicket keepers Luke Ronchi and Matthew Wade who both played half the tournament each. Under new leadership for 4th season, this time by former New Zealand international Grant Elliott and new coaching in former player Jim Troughton the Bears improved on their previous season, winning 8 of their 14 group games, finishing 3rd in the North Group qualifying them for the quarter-finals. In the quarter-final they met Surrey defeating them by 6 wickets in a high scoring game, qualifying them for Finals Day. In the semi-final they met Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Glamorgan, winning by 11 runs qualifying them for the Final. However they lost the final to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire by 22 runs. Patel returned as overseas player for a 4th season, this year joined by Colin de Grandhomme, with captain Elliott qualifying as a Kolpak ruling, Kolpak player due to being born in South Africa. Under the same captain and same coaching, with the same overseas players the Bears missed out on the quarter-finals for just the second time in their history, winning just 6 of their 14 group games. Former England international Ian Bell though finished as 3rd top run-scorer, finishing the season with 580 runs from his 14 games.


Notes


References


Footnotes


Bibliography

* Harry Altham, ''A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914)'', George Allen & Unwin, 1962. * Derek Birley, ''A Social History of English Cricket'', Aurum, 1999. * Rowland Bowen, ''Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development'', Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970. * Roy Webber, ''The Playfair Book of Cricket Records'', Playfair Books, 1951. * Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions. * Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions. * Warwickshire County Cricket Club Yearbook – various editions (esp. 2004).


External links


Official site for Warwickshire CCC

Official site for Birmingham Bears

Cricinfo's Warwickshire Section
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