In February of 2018, Thomas Lyte were commissioned to design and create a new suite of trophies for Vitality, the new title partner of the T20 Blast, International T20 and recreational T20 cricket.
The main trophy stands at 60cm tall and features a modern take on a classical vase incorporating a set of cricket stumps and an oversized ball sitting atop. These are revealed through an opening running down the length of the body, which has been designed and crafted to create the signature Vitality ‘V’. Utilising a ‘peel back’ method which involves annealing and hammering to shape the opening, the manipulated edges of the body were then hand painted in Vitality Pink.
The stumps and ball were hand spun with particular focus to include the detail of the seam on the ball. The individual elements were then assembled and plated in silver, polished to a bright finish and the competition logo engraved onto the foot of the trophy.
The entire process required over 140 craft hours to complete and passed through the hands of 8 different craftsmen in Thomas Lyte’s London workshop.
The trophy will be presented for the first time on Finals Day on the 15th of September at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.