The epic tale of Thomas Lyte and the T20 Blast Trophy
We were approached in the winter of that year to design and produce a new suite of trophies on behalf of Vitality. The insurance firm are the main sponsor of the domestic T20 Blast competition here in England. Over the course of 140 hours in our London workshop, we created a trophy. A symbol among the most distinctive in global sport, and now a staple of the English sporting summer and a mainstay on finals day.
In many ways, the trophy mirrors the format of T20 itself. The classic vase shape is embellished with an opening at its front. This reveals a set of stumps and a cricket ball perched on its top. It’s an extraordinary design that reflects both the expertise of the designers and the silversmiths who worked tirelessly on its creation. We incorporated centuries-old traditional skills and modern methods to create a trophy that epitomises the cutting-edge nature of T20 cricket.
Eight of our master craftsmen were instrumental in its production. The stumps and the ball were both hand-spun, with particular emphasis paid to the seam, which extends proudly around that ball. The individual elements were assembled by hand and plated in silver. Our team of polishers then gave the trophy its gleaming mirror finish. The competition logo is emblazoned on the foot of the trophy, while the sponsor’s distinctive V is painted in Vitality pink.
The Thomas Lyte-made trophy is a modern classic, with an age-old twist. Similar, in many ways, to Twenty20 cricket. Congratulations to the ECB and to cricket for 20 years of this magnificent format.