Barking crowned Essex County League Premier Division champions
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2017
Barking cricket club were crowned champions of the Essex County League Premier Division after cruising to victory against Roding Valley.
Ehsan Afzal and his side travelled to Roding Valley and managed to defend their league title with a 61 run win on Saturday.
“It’s amazing to be league champions we have worked tirelessly all season and to be awarded for it in such a way is amazing,” Afzal said.
“The best thing is to retain the title.
“It hasn’t been done for more than 10 years and we have now done it.”
The captain believes it was a hard fought battle right the way to the final match of the season with Newham.
“Newham pushed us all the way,” he admitted.
“We knew what we needed to do to win the league.
“The lads performed at the right times.”
He also admitted he was never in doubt about winning the league title, even when they had a late hiccup against Newham with three games left in the season
“I always knew if we played half as well as we can we were in with a chance of being champions.”
The skipper is extremely proud of the way his side played against Roding Valley and throughout the season.
“The team played really well,” Afzal said.
“All season we have had youngsters playing in the team and they seem to have come out and scored runs, taken crucial wickets and taken important catches.
“It is good to see everyone playing an important part in the final game which got us the title.
“I am very pleased to see how far the team has come this season.”
Barking won 10 of their 16 games this season and Afzal admits they showed huge character at times to achieve that.
“We lost some crucial games at points, but our ability to bounce back and put a loss behind us really helped us in retaining the title.”
The club also played in the league cup against Aztecs and suffered a huge 64 run defeat on Monday afternoon at Mayesbrook Park.
“Unfortunately we lost against Aztec,” Afzal admitted.
“Although we are still in with a chance of winning the T20 cup.”
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