Navestock teams end 250th anniversary season in style with fine league title double
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 06 September 2018
Navestock ended their 250th anniversary season in style with both teams being crowned champions in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League.
The firsts made it back-to-back titles after beating Great Waltham seconds in their final match of the summer to top Division Four.
And the seconds, having already assured themselves of the Division Nine crown, ended with 10-wicket romp against Rankins thirds.
Manish Patel (3-17) was the pick of the bowling as Navestock held Waltham to 149-9, after captain Matt Simmons had won the toss and put their opponents into bat.
And Navestock looked set for an emphatic win as they cruised to 101-1 in reply, before a batting collapse left nerves jangling somewhat at 118-6.
Liam Faulkner (19 not out) kept his composure to secure victory in the final over, after Tom Greaves (42) and Dan Firth (31) had laid the platform.
And a delighted Simmons said: “The victories cap another wonderful league season for Navestock and what a fitting way to celebrate a 250th anniversary season!
“I myself am extremely proud of the application the first XI squad has shown throughout the season, to not only raise their game after last season’s title, but to keep consistent availability throughout.
“After a first-day defeat to East Hanningfield we bounced back and proved the side is more than good enough to compete at a higher level and hopefully we will remain competitive in Division Three next season.
“There have been some memorable highlights throughout, but notable performers include Billy Greaves, Kieron Scott, Tiraj, Manish and Pritesh Patel and in particular under-17 Tom McCarthy, who has stepped up to lead our bowling attack.”
The second team had a much easier time of it as they skittled Rankins for just 81, with young Zac Decastro-Bunce (3-4) producing a fine new-ball spell to remove the top order.
Opening batsmen Jono Enderby (38 not out) and Rob Duhig (37 not out) then eased Navestock to their small target.
Captain Vic Simmons said: “It has been a tremendous season to cap the Navestock anniversary year. Our senior players and promising juniors rose to the occasion to clinch the title in style!”