Ireland skipper William Porterfield and opening bowler Boyd Rankin were celebrating on Thursday after Warwickshire clinched the county championships with an emphatic innings win against Worcestershire at New Road.

The pair are the first Irishmen to have played a major role in a title winning side, although Mark Patterson with Surrey in 1999, and the legendary Dermott Monteith with Middlesex in 1982 both played a single match in their respective counties title wins.

Speaking to Nick Royle of Setanta Sports after the game, Porterfield said: "It is great, but the way Irish cricket has progressed in the last few years, it would not surprise me if there were not quite a few more in the future," Porterfield told Setanta Sports immediately after the game at Worcester.

"What we have done with Ireland in the last few years at World Cups has been pretty special, but in domestic cricket terms this is my best moment. The county championship is the Holy Grail, and to win it is a pretty special feeling.

"We have won games that we have dominated and won games that we were behind on first innings. We have great character in this side, and we have to keep this going for next year. But now we will savour the moment."

The pair were part of the Warwickshire side that missed out on the title on the final day of last season.

Porterfield says that the memory of that long day in the field on 15 September last year helped give them the focus that brought title success in 2012.

"When we came off the field last year, there was a strange atmosphere," he said.

"We had lost and were obviously disappointed, but we were walking off and already looking forward to the next year. We could not wait all winter for the season to start."