The competition was fierce with six great Bears on the short-list pitching for the prize but Dermot Reeve has been voted Warwickshire's Greatest Ever Captain after taking a resounding 72 per cent of the vote.

After another bumper response from Bears fans – thank you to everyone who voted – Reeve came out on top for his inspiring leadership during the glory era of the mid-90s.

The all-rounder dovetailed perfectly with director of coaching Bob Woolmer to turn a talented but under-achieving squad into a powerhouse that won an unprecedented treble in 1994 and followed that up with two more trophies in ’95.

As a cricketer, Reeve was a good, rather than great – but as a captain, strategist, innovator and motivator he had the stuff of greatness. He drove a Bears era that will tower forever both in the history books and in the memories of players and supporters lucky enough to be there.

“Dermot and Bob took the team to new heights,” recalls one of the treble-winning heroes, Gladstone Small. “They created a unique atmosphere. We were a bit cocky and probably not the most popular team but we just knew that, when we went on the field, if we played well, the other team would have to play a hell of a game to beat us.”