Sarisbury skipper praises promotion-winners

Sarisbury captain Pete Hammond
Sarisbury captain Pete Hammond

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Sarisbury Athletic capt-ain Pete Hammond has paid tribute to his side’s teamwork after they secured promotion to Southern Electric Premier Cricket League division two on the final day of the season.

The weekend’s 107-run triumph over Totton & Eling ensured that the Athletic boys snatched second place in division three, finishing six points behind champions Old Tauntonians & Romsey.

Aptly, Hammond himself weighed in with a valuable 44 with the bat to help his side post 183 for nine, while James Ingram was the pick of the bowlers with superb figures of four for 13.

Hammond was quick to highlight Sarisbury’s team ethic, which helped them win 12 of their 15 matches, and beat Tichborne Park to the second promotion spot.

He said: ‘It’s been a good season.

‘Everyone’s done their bit and that was the high point of our year – I’m proud of the boys.

‘It was really close in the end with Romsey.

‘Our bonus points definitely helped us during the season but we’re happy with promotion.’

‘Division two is tough – it’s all ifs and buts, really, but the aim next season will be to steer clear of relegation and aim for mid-table.’

Reflecting on the final weeks of the season, the captain said the celebrations at Totton were enjoyable but defeats to Sparsholt and Hursley Park earlier this month were ‘bitter pills to swallow’.

Hammond continued: ‘Look-ing back now, if we’d have won those games we’d probably be standing here now celebrating the title.

‘But we’re not too upset that we haven’t.’

Heading into the final weekend, Sarisbury’s David Banks was top of the division’s bowlers stats and second in the batting table, with 31 wickets and 687 runs.

However, Hammond refused to highlight any individuals in the side – stressing that the team’s success was down to the entire squad of players.

‘One man can’t win you a game,’ he added.

‘David’s had a good year and it’s good to have a strong attack but all the boys have done well.’