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Histon are crowned Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One champions

Histon celebrate winning the Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One. Picture: Will Brown (50947052)
Histon celebrate winning the Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One. Picture: Will Brown (50947052)

Histon have made it third time lucky by savouring success in lifting the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One crown.

After two second-place finishes in a row, they were not to miss out for a third time as they defeated Eaton Socon in the play-off final.

“It’s a fantastic achievement from all the boys involved,” said Histon captain Will Brown.

“We’ve missed a few this year so it’s been a real squad effort. The bowlers have been magnificent throughout the whole year really – the whole bowling unit has been unbelievable. We’ve hardly given anything away when we have bowled.

“There were quite a few games where we didn’t bowl any extras at all and that builds a lot of pressure on teams, the bowling has just been fantastic.

“Batting-wise, everyone has contributed when they have had to during the season which is great and shows a strong team when you are not relying on the odd individual play.

“It was a real squad effort this year which makes it more worthwhile.”

Histon won the toss against Eaton Socon and elected to field.

Jonathon Carpenter (72) and Jamie Vale (43) put on 83 runs for the fourth wicket, but Kieren Mackenzie cleared out the order.

He took five for 46 off 9.1 overs as Eaton Socon were all out for 162.

Ed Hyde (60) and Henry Wilson (36 not out) were the lynchpins of Histon’s innings as their 79-run fifth-wicket partnership helped them claim victory with 164 for 5.

Histon captain Will Brown. Picture: Keith Heppell
Histon captain Will Brown. Picture: Keith Heppell

“The last two years we’ve been second twice which is quite frustrating so it’s third time lucky,” said Brown.

“I’ve been captain for the last three years, and this is my last year as captain so it was a great way to cap that off – it’s been a real progression for three years to get to where we
are now.”

It was also goodbye to Cheetan Chauhan and Sean Stevenson, who are both moving overseas.

“It’s a great way to send them off because they’ve been with the club a few years now,” said Brown. “They have both been a huge part of the club.”

Histon do not own their ground, which belongs to the parish council, so they do not have the facilities to generate the kind of income required in the East Anglian Premier League.

It means they will not seek promotion, and instead it will be Eaton Socon who try to step up to the next tier through the play-off.

There was further success for the club as Histon’s second team won their league, CCA Senior League, Division Two, and the third team were also promoted from CCA Junior League 2N.

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