Cleobury Mortimer Cricket Club captain Ben Griffiths salutes loyal players after Worcestershire County League Division Four promotion joy (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Cleobury Mortimer Cricket Club captain Ben Griffiths salutes loyal players after Worcestershire County League Division Four promotion joy
SKIPPER Ben Griffiths has paid tribute to his ‘loyal players’ after Cleobury Mortimer Cricket Club secured promotion to the highest level in their history.
The 30-year-old captain admits some of his team could be turning out for much bigger clubs but have remained loyal to Cleobury.
Cleobury pipped Chaddesley Corbett by just six points to claim the second promotion spot in a thrilling Worcestershire League Division Four climax.
Cleobury thrashed visiting West Malvern by 196 runs in their last game to pick up maximum points and then had to await Chaddesley’s result.
Chaddesley needed only to beat Bromsgrove 3rd to pip Cleobury to the second promotion place.
Chaddesley posted 159 but Bromsgrove held on for a losing draw, finishing on 80-9.
Chaddesley’s failure to take the final Bromsgrove wicket meant that Cleobury prevailed by the narrowest margin.
“The promotion is fantastic news and we were all celebrating long into the night,” said Griffiths. “We finished early and the Bromsg rove captain was updating us on their match.
“Bromsgrove were nine wickets down with eight overs to go but Chaddesley could not get the final wicket. We will definitely be paying for a jug of beer for Bromsgrove’s last batsman.”
Griffiths added: “We will be getting £20 to him - we feel he deserves a drink.”
Cleobury will be joining Old Vigornians in Division Three.
Captain Griffiths top-scored with 82 and was backed up by James Manley (55) as Cleobury posted 250-9 declared in last Saturday’s match against West Malvern. Ben’s 34-year-old brother, Thomas Griffiths then snapped up 6-20 and Manley took 3-27 to skittle out West Malvern for just 54 and sentence the visitors to relegation.
Ben Griffiths said: “We have never played as high as Division Three and we will be coming up against Tenbury and Stourport next summer,” said Griffiths.
“We had beaten Chaddesley twice - so we felt that we deserved to go up.
“Some of the teams in Division Three were playing three or four levels above us only a few years ago. They will be considering us as small fry.
“But we have got a handful of really good players and they have always been loyal to the club - and this promotion is reward for their dedication and loyalty.”