Dan Heath lauds efforts of Sawston & Babraham history-makers in Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One
Dan Heath has hailed Sawston & Babraham after they created history by winning the Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One title for the first time.
It was a bank holiday Monday showdown as Sawston & Babraham travelled to take on nearest rivals Histon, knowing victory would secure first place.
In a thrilling match, the win was secured as Heath hit a boundary off the penultimate ball of the innings.
“The standard of cricket was very high from both teams, so I thought it was a really great advert for local cricket,” said the Sawston & Babraham captain.
“I’m so proud to be captain of the club in the first place, let alone to be winning the title. It means the world to me.
“When you are captain of a cricket club, especially one like ours who are very proactive and trying to do things differently, trying to take the game in a certain way and improve the club and forever develop, it’s more than just a captaincy.
“The pressure has been on us since day one, we’ve always been considered the favourites and when you’re considered the favourites you’ve got to turn up every day and win.
“It means the world to all of us. To come up with the goods every game so far has been incredible and a real testament to the players and what it means to everybody really.”
Sawston & Babraham had a clear aim this season, to try to reach the next tier.
They have taken the league crown by winning 13 of their 15 matches, with the other two games being abandoned because of rain.
“I can’t really put it into words,” said Heath.
“We’ve had a clear remit from the start, and that has been that we want to get promoted to the East Anglian Premier League.
“The step along the way to doing it is to win the league. We have won every single game we’ve played, and against Histon was the first game where we’ve not bowled the side out.
“We’ve taken 30 points every time we’ve taken to the field, which is an incredible effort really.”
The next step in their bid to reach the East Anglian Premier League is a play-off match against the winners of the Suffolk & Essex League.
And, if they are successful, that would be followed by a game against the Norfolk county champions.