County Memories

I write a regular feature for The Cricketer called County Memories, looking back at notable periods of success in the history of each English county side. It has been voted among the readers' top five favourite features in the magazine.

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Revolution in the second city

In the last of his retrospective series around the 18 counties, Jeremy
Blackmore asks Neil Smith, Tim Munton, Andy Moles and Paul Smith about
Warwickshire’s unparalleled cross-format domination in the mid-1990s

Masterminded by innovators Bob Woolmer and Dermot Reeve, Warwickshire dominated county cricket in the mid-1990s, writing themselves into the history books with an unprecedented treble in 1994 and following it with a double in 1995.

A competitive Bears squad were boosted by two of the greatest overseas stars. Brian Lara amassed over 2,000 runs in their 1994 Championship success including a world-record 501 not out – not to mention six centuries in seven innings. Allan Donald spearheaded the attack in 1995 with 88 Championship wickets at just 15.48.

Leicestershire’s tigers

If Leicester City’s shock Premier League title in 2015/16 shook the footballing world, they were perhaps following an earlier precedent set by the county’s cricket team.
For few teams could have staged the recovery Leicestershire did in the 1990s after losing seven England Test players in just three years, including their captain, the charismatic David Gower.
Yet such was the transformation, that the Foxes went from rank outsiders, narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon in 1991, to winning the Championship just five years later in 1996 and again in 1998