Triumphant Champions Honoured at House of Lords


Essex joined the Lord’s Taverners at the House of Lords on Tuesday for the official presentation of the County Championship trophy.

Essex claimed their second Division One title in three seasons last year, after a dramatic title-decider against Somerset at Taunton having lost only one match all year in the competition.

Tom Westley, Club Captain of Essex said: “It’s a privilege to be at the House of Lords with the team and the Championship trophy today. It’s been an amazing year for everyone connected with the Club and it’s a nice way to celebrate the hard work and commitment from the players, coaching staff and everyone behind the scenes.

“I think it’s also the perfect opportunity to reflect on the amazing work Ryan ten Doeschate did during his captaincy. A lot of the rise that the Club has seen in red-ball cricket has been down to him, and his record as skipper speaks for itself. Without him, we wouldn’t have enjoyed the success we have over the last four years and we most likely wouldn’t be at the House of Lords today.

“2019 was a long and tough campaign, so this is nice way to look back on our achievements and triumphs, but it’s also a reminder for everyone about what we’re fighting for again in 2020.”

This is the 46th 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. He recognised that until that time, the Champions had never received a physical trophy so decided to introduce one.