Essex and Lancashire receive County trophies at Lord's
County champions Essex and women's One-Day Cup winners Lancashire joined the Lord's Taverners at Lord's Cricket Ground yesterday as they were presented with their respective trophies by Lord's Taverners President Sir Michael Parkinson.
Essex lifted the Specsavers County Championship trophy for the seventh time, their first since 1992, on the back of an incredible two years after achieving the feat of being promoted from Division Two as league winners in 2016. To then complete the 2017 season unbeaten was a remarkable way to their first title in 25 years.
The Lancashire women's side sealed the Royal London One-Day Championship after a dramatic final day of the campaign with three sides going into it with a chance of winning. They ended up winning the title by one point, only finding out about their victory through social media whilst on the team bus travelling home. Their win secured the double as they had won the T20 competition earlier in the summer.
The Lord's Taverners ECB Trophy is the official name of the silverware awarded to the winners of the men's County Championship, while the women's One-Day champions receive the Lady Taverners ECB Trophy. 2017 is the 44th year that the county champions have enjoyed a reception with the Lord's Taverners since the trophy was introduced for the first time by the charity's Patron and Twelfth Man, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1973.
Tom Westley, vice-captain of Essex, said: "It's been an honour to be re-presented with the Division One trophy at Lord's. People didn't expect us to do that well in Division One, but we always had a belief that we belonged in the division and as soon as we got on a roll we didn't look back. We're now working really hard to defend our title this season."
Lancashire women's captain, Meg Fairclough, added: "It's great to be here today to be presented with our Royal London One Day trophy, it's been a fantastic day for the girls especially as a lot of them haven't been to Lord's before. We've had such highs and lows over the years so to be back in division one and win the double was a fantastic feeling."