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Hawes believes Witham have found a winning formula
10:44am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
WITHAM Cricket Club captain Kaan Hawes feels his team have discovered a winning formula that can bring them more Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship success in 2014.
The mid-Essex side easily achieved their principle aim of top-flight survival with a seventh-place finish.
And Hawes doesn’t feel they need to change much over the winter to be able to push on again next season.
He said: “Not getting a game at the weekend meant it was a bit of a disappointing way to end the season, but it ended how we always wanted it to – with us staying up.
“That was always the aim so I’m really pleased with the boys because everyone contributed.
“We struggled a bit at the start of the season, but I knew it would probably take us a while to adjust to playing at the higher level.
“By the end, everyone has made the adjustment and we have been beating some of the top teams.
“The boys have started believing they belong in division one and we’ve seen that in their performances.
“We’ve been the only team without an overseas player and some teams have spent quite a bit of money, so for us to more than hold our own has been a real credit to everyone.”
The wet weather meant no division one games were played on Saturday.
As a result, Maldon also stayed up – just – with third-from-bottom Ipswich falling through the relegation trapdoor along with Elmstead Grasshoppers and Halstead.
A couple of games took place in division two, including promoted Lakenheath securing a six-run victory against Dunmow. Braintree finished fourth, Dunmow fifth and Copford fourth from bottom.
One game went ahead in division three, as Frinton’s second team – already promoted – won by 61 runs at Bury St Edmunds.
The coastal side finished second, behind champions Kelvedon & Feering.
Second-from-bottom Halstead have been relegated to division four.
Mistley’s second team took the division four honours but only on net run-rate, having finished level on points with Woolpit.
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