William Porterfield Urges Warwickshire To Go One Better This Season
Warwickshire batsman William Porterfield is confident about his side’s chances of winning the County Championship this season.
After an excellent last season that saw his club finish second in the table behind Yorkshire, Porterfield wants Warwickshire to go one better this time around.
“Yeah last year we finished second and we walked off the pitch with the aim of going one better this time around,” said Porterfield.
“Last season was frustrating to finish second after a long hard season.
“But overall the season we had last year was pleasing as we competed well on all three fronts.”
Although Warwickshire failed to win the Championship trophy last year, they did manage to claim the Natwest T20 Blast title by beating Lancashire in the final.
While expressing his happiness on the achievement, Porterfield dwelt on the significance of topping the County Championship table.
The 30-year-old heaped praise on the 2014 winners Yorkshire but is extremely confident of his side claiming the title this year.
“Winning the T20 Blast was great but the championship is the one everyone wants to win.
“Over the course of the season we’re playing a lot of four-day games and that’s the one you want to come out on top of.
“Yorkshire deserved it last year, they played some really good cricket but we’re looking to go one better and top it.”
Porterfield believes that Warwickshire’s strategy of playing a consistent side has paid rich dividends over the past three to four seasons.
While other county teams have made changes to their line-up every season, Warwickshire has more or less had the same squad every season with hardly any changes.
“Over the last 3-4 seasons, we’ve had a pretty consistent squad and there have just been one or two changes here and there.
“So, that sort of consistency makes it easier for the lads to get along.
“Everyone knows each other’s strengths which is a big help in any format of the game.
“It also helps to make things pretty consistent.”
Apart from the senior players performing well, Porterfield seemed happy with the show of the younger lot who have stepped in for the team during crunch moments.
With a healthy competition for places in the Warwickshire team, Porterfield believes it leaves the selectors with a good problem to have.
“It’s great to see the lads putting up a good show for the club.
“There’ve been a lot of young lads too who have stepped up.
“It’s nice if everyone is performing and putting their hand up for selection.”
Porterfield has started the season on a good note notching up scores of 59 and 93 during the three-day practice match against Durham MCC University students last week.
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