Jonathan Trott, in his final season as a Bear, thanked the fans after passing 10,000 List A runs with a ton in Sunday's One Day Cup win over Leicestershire.
Jonathan Trott was delighted to “repay the supporters” with a century when his unbeaten 102 lifted Warwickshire to a nine-wicket win over Leicestershire in the Royal London Cup at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Fifteen years and 25 days after he first raised his bat to acknowledge a ton for the Bears, on his championship debut against Sussex at Edgbaston in 2003, Trott completed his 67th century in senior cricket.
It was his second ton in successive games following his 100 at Durham last Friday but his first at home since he announced that he will retire at the end of the season. And the 37-year-old was accorded the warmest of ovations from the big Edgbaston crowd with some spectators rising to their feet.
“It was nice because I haven’t scored many hundreds at Edgbaston recently, they have been more away from home,” Trott said. “So it was nice to repay the fans who have been coming along and supporting me for all the years with a good performance. Hopefully there are one or two more still to come.
“It was a good win and sets up a big game against Worcestershire on Thursday. There is a lot on the game and it should be a great occasion. There is always rivalry between the two sides and they are generally good cricket matches as well.
“We’ll see what happens but a Lord’s final would be a dream for me. Edgbaston is very special but Lord’s is as well and to play in a final there in my last season would be fantastic. It would be a special time to go to the home of cricket but we have got a lot of hard work to do to make that happen.”
First up, the crucial day/nighter against Worcestershire on Thursday when the victors will book themselves a home semi-final while the losers might not even qualify. It promises to be a feast with both sides in top batting form.
For the Bears, the figures speak for themselves with Sam Hain, Ian Bell and Trott averaging 119.33, 69.67 and 65.75 respectively in the tournament this season.
Another major contributor, meanwhile, has been Trott’s opening partner Ed Pollock who averages a relatively modest 24.80 but has delivered his runs at a strike-rate of 151.22 to give the team the perfect springboard in three run-chases.
“Ed does a great job,” Trott said. “He hits the ball in unorthodox areas and can take the game away from a team which needs early wickets. If he gets going like that, it takes the pressure off me at the other end. Against Leicestershire on Sunday it set the platform and made the job for me and Sam a lot easier. Ed is a really exciting player and with a bright future at the club.”