It’s still business as usual for departing Wright

24 August 2018

The Bears seamer is looking to end his time at Edgbaston with the one trophy he hasn't got - the Division Two title.

Fast bowler Chris Wright has just five games left as a Warwickshire player but insists that, for now, it’s just “business as usual.”

That business – trying to take wickets for the Bears to help them seal promotion back to the Specsavers County Championship Division One.

“At the moment it’s business as usual but it will probably be quite strange in the last game.

Chris Wright

Warwickshire are well-placed to do that at the moment, top of Division Two with five games left. That strong position is due not least to Wright who has bowled more than 100 overs more than any other Bears seamer this season.

The 33-year-old has glued the seam attack together, most notably in the recent win over Gloucestershire in which his match-figures were 20-5-65-7.

Now he wants to deliver more of the same over the next six weeks to help Warwickshire to promotion before he departs to take up a two-year contract with Leicestershire.

“I just want to contribute to us getting back in Division One,” he said. “It would definitely be a nice way to leave.

“As a squad we believe we are too strong to be in Division Two and last year was disappointing so we are all keen to set the record straight.

“I have won all the other trophies during my time with the Bears so it would be nice to add the other one – the Division Two title. We didn’t get want to get the relegated but it would give me a full house of trophies!

“At the moment it’s business as usual but it will probably be quite strange in the last game. It would be nice to get a few wins together before then so maybe we can have a few beers in that last game.”

Wright started his Warwickshire career in style, with a championship five-for against Yorkshire at Headingley in August 2011, and is also closing it impressively as part of a seam-attack which has delivered match-winning potency despite losing key men to injury.

“Pop Welch is a great bowling coach, not too stats-centred but who appreciates us working as a unit and that’s what has happened,” Wright said. “Everyone has chipped in and got five-fors, so it was nice for me to get one last week, and that’s how our bowling unit works. We all get on and we all believe in each other so whether it’s your day or someone else’s as long as you get the job done it feels good.

“We have just got to keep doing what we have been doing. The games come thick and fast now and results in the round before last brought other teams sniffing around so it was a big win for us against Gloucestershire.

“Now we have Glamorgan away and Durham at home and we’ll do our best in those and try to put ourselves in a good position for the last three games.”