Captain Ben is dreaming big
NETHERFIELD’S first league title in nine years means an awful lot more than just winning a trophy.
The Parkside Road team clinched the Northern Premier League at rivals Kendal with four games to spare following a memorable campaign in which they lost just one game.
Captain and opening batsman Ben Barrow believes the success can bring a whole host of benefits to the club.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s my first success as a player and captain; it meant a lot to me and for the majority of our players, they have been there for a long time so to finally win the league is a brilliant moment. We’ve put in so much hard work as a club over the past few years and we’re delighted to have something to show for it.
“I’ve been here since I was ten and to see the looks on the faces of other members when we won it is really special and it shows how much it means to everyone.
“It hopefully helps put us on the map and helps us attract more players and bring in more junior players which is what it’s all about.
“We want this to have a domino effect and help grow the club so that instead of having 20 juniors we have 50. It means more than just the trophy for us.
“We have a really close-knit group and there’s a great relationship with everyone at the club and it’s great to be a part of it.”
Barrow also paid homage to Marc Hadwin, who took 50 league wickets for the first time in his career.
He added:“Marc is our leg-spinner and the oldest player in the side, but he’s a club legend. He’s taken 50 league wickets this year so that’s a pretty big achievement, he’s got one of the best bowling averages in the league, so he’s averaging about nine.
“It’s the first time he’s taken 50 wickets, so it’s a huge achievement and it meant even more with the fact we won the league.
“Our players have matured at the right time altogether – in the past we had a very young team but now everyone’s in their mid-20s and have progressed their own games.
“We’ve been a bit of a nearly side in the past; we’ve played really well in 60 per cent of the games and then thrown in a few performances that didn’t justify our ability and I think this year we just really got it right and didn’t slip up.”
Winners are grinners: Netherfield celebrate their first league title in nine years