Worlington clinch Division Two title after final-day anti-climax

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Richard Ford was full of praise for his Worlington side who became champions despite a ball not being bowled in their final match against Easton.

The ground staff worked hard to prepare a suitable playing track, but the visitors made an early call to concede the match.

Despite Worlington needing only five points to be crowned Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two champions, it was a rather anti-climatic end to a terrific season.

“It would have been nice had we have played and got to finish the job off ourselves but we can’t do anything about it,” said the Worlington captain.

“We’ve been the best team all year and it’s brilliant that the hard work put in throughout the season has paid off.”

Having lost just two of their 22 matches, few could begrudge Worlington their position at the summit of the table.

Looking forward to next season, Ford is confident his side have the ability to compete as they prepare to grace Division One for the first time in the club’s history.

Their charge will be led by player-of-the-year Chris Baugh, who scored 832 runs at an average of 48.94 to top the Division Two batting charts.

Ford was quick to sing the praises of his teammate, who broke the club record for highest indivdual score with 201no versus Woodbridge and OW.

“He’s a very nice lad to have in this side and he is a superb batsman,” said Ford. “We just need to pick up an opening bowler to give us a bit more penetration in our bowling attack.”

The full list of winners from the club’s awards night:

First XI: Bat – Chris Baugh; bowler – Carl Manels; fielder – Graham Ford; player – Chris Baugh.

Second XI: Bat – Colin Thompson; bowler – Paul Marston; fielder – Adam Gallop; player – Jonno Peachey.

Academy: Bat – Alfie Marston; bowler – Damien Halls; fielder – Liam Halls.

Most Improved Youth: Oliver Vaughan.

Clubperson: Adam Gallop.