Cap­tain Ben is dream­ing big

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES - By Charlie Peat

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.”

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

Win­ners are grin­ners: Netherfield cel­e­brate their first league ti­tle in nine years

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.