THERE were celebrations at the weekend as Badger Hill confirmed their promotion as champions of Section C of the Arrow Self Drive Huddersfield Central League.
The Dewsbury Road-based, Rastrick club entered the section a few years ago as runners-up but this term they are proud to have bossed the league and gone up as champs.
“We didn’t have the best start to the season but that was due to people still being on holiday,” said captain Mick Roberts, 29.
“But when they all returned there was no stopping us and we won 17 matches on the trot, with one break in between for a rained off game.”
Roberts, who lives in Rastrick, started his cricket career at Rastrick but used to score for Badger Hill from the age of eight because all his family played there.
At 15 he began playing at Badger Hill before then stopping and has now just completed his third season back at the club.
“We have had a good influx of new players this year.
“Last season the average ages were 40-50 years old but we have some younger players now which has picked up the pace of our game and we have gelled well,” he said.
Outstanding players for the team this year have been former Lightcliffe batsman Tom Gorringe, who has taken the league title for batting and plundered 1,399 runs at an average of 127 a game, and Damon Ambler who collected 52 wickets and is in the running for the league prize.
Veteran players Johnny Norman had an average of 35 with the bat and Keith Wilson, a strike bowler, bagged 30 wickets.
“The players have said they will be back next season, which is great news as we seem to have the winning format now and I am pleased that Tom has said he will also come back to play at the club.
“Its fantastic to have moved up a section through our hard work and determination.
“We are all now looking forward to next season to see what else we can achieve,” he said.