Nottinghamshire should take pride in being the most successful team in a great sporting city, says Peter Moores

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores says everyone at Trent Bridge should be proud to have been the most successful club in one of the country’s great sporting cities in 2017.

Notts were voted Team of the Year at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017 after winning both limited overs trophies and securing promotion back to Division One of the County Championship at the first attempt.

Those achievements saw them beat Nottingham Panthers to the Nottingham Label Company sponsored award, despite their exploits in European competition, as well as world champion sidecar racers, the Birchall brothers.

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“It’s nice to win this one. Everyone at the club should feel very proud of a great season,” Moores said.

“It’s a strong sporting city and we were up against great competition. You look at what the Panthers have done and are doing and it’s very impressive.”

Moores admits the 2017 season exceeded the expectations of everyone at Trent Bridge as Notts lifted the Royal London One Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast to go with promotion.

“Credit to our players. To win two one day trophies is a tremendous effort,” he said.

“It’s more than we could have hoped for. We set out to win promotion and a one day trophy.

“I don’t think anyone has won the 20 over and the 50 over trophy before. People might have won the 40 and the 20, but there’s such a difference between 50 over and 20 over cricket.

“To win both and get promoted was just a phenomenal season.”

Peter Moores celebrates his team's victory in the NatWest T20 Blast final
Peter Moores celebrates his team’s victory in the NatWest T20 Blast final

The time for reflection is almost over for Moores and his players with those who are in the country reporting for pre-season training early next month.

Next season’s group will be a different looking one with senior players who linked up with the squad this time 12 months ago having moved on.

Michael Lumb and Greg Smith retired midway through last season, while club legend Chris Read left after the final game at Sussex.

Brendan Taylor also returned to Zimbabwe in the final weeks of the campaign.

Moores sees a new look group as an exciting prospect with young players Tom Moores, Matt Carter, Matt Milnes and Luke Wood all having signed new deals, while all-rounder Paul Coughlin has joined from Durham. At least two senior batsmen are set to follow.

“It comes round really fast. What’s nice about coming back is it’s already changed,” he said.

“Chris Read has gone and we lost Michael Lumb, Brendan Taylor and Greg Smith mid-season. We’ve got a few coming back from injuries that ended their season early too.

“We’ve got players who have points to prove as well, which is a lovely place to be. We started this season with a whole group looking to prove they were a better team than they showed the year before.

“This year we’ll have people looking to build on success, but also new players and a new captain.”

Moores and assistant Paul Franks are likely to decide on Read’s replacement as captain before the end of the year. Steven Mullaney would be the most likely candidate having served as Read’s deputy.

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