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Kennedy: we just haven't been good enough
Colchester and East Essex chairman Andrew Kennedy has admitted the club were not good enough to survive in the Shepherd Neame Essex League first XI premier division this season.
Colchester host South Woodford on Saturday having already been relegated, after they lost at leaders Shenfield by 47 runs in their penultimate match.
Colchester have managed only two wins this year and are now facing up to life in division one.
Kennedy said: “It’s a disappointment, because you always want to be playing in the premier division.
“But if you’re not good enough, you should play at the appropriate standard.
“We were missing several players at the start of the season, which didn’t help matters.
“But we didn’t do any better in the second half of the season, so we can’t use that as an excuse.
“One of the key things was that we lost our second, third and fourth games narrowly.
“Had we won those, we would have been at the other end of the table.
“I’m not saying we’d have won the league but it would have given us extra confidence which is crucial, especially at that stage of the season.”
Colchester have fielded a young side all season and have regularly included players aged 18 and under.
Kennedy added: “I don’t think the youngsters we have were quite ready for premier division cricket.
“We have a very young side at the moment and it’s their first real season of senior cricket.
“Hopefully next season playing in the division below, they’ll be a bit more used to that environment.”
After electing to field first, Colchester restricted leaders Shenfield to 245, with Jack Hebron claiming 3-40 and Ben Stephens, Henry Foster and Jake Foley all taking two wickets apiece.
Colchester got off to a good start in reply, with openers Omar Ahmed (77) and Kennedy (20) giving them a good platform.
Henry Foster scored 42 but Colchester were eventually dismissed for 198.
In the second XI premier division, Colchester ran out 178-run winners over their Shenfield counterparts.
Gareth Fisher hit 97 for Colchester and also claimed three wickets, along with Jack Crace.
Colchester’s third XI beat Old Southendian and Southchurch III by four wickets in third XI division two, with opener Nick Harrington hitting 81.