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Marlow: We'll learn from past mistakes
MARLOW CC have vowed to learn the lessons of two seasons ago after they secured their return to Division One of the Thames Valley League on Saturday.
Graeme Paskins’ team were almost there at the start of play, and their championship winning season was signed, sealed and delivered with an emphatic six-wicket win over Windsor.
They have now wrapped up the title with a game to spare and despite a three-match losing streak down the home straight.
Paskins said: “This was a big year for the club to pick ourselves up after getting relegated two years ago.
“We worked hard during pre-season and created a good team ethic.
“People enjoyed being part of the team and have performed well.
“We’ve played pretty consistently throughout the summer and although we had a blip near the end we didn’t doubt ourselves and came through with two very good wins.”
Marlow were cruising until August defeats to Cookham Dean, Tring Park and Fleet saw their lead sliced from 39 points to 16.
However, they reasserted themselves against Finchampstead 2s before beating Windsor to wrap up the league.
Paskins said: “We reflected on those losses afterwards and were thinking about our successes rather than the way we’d failed.
“We wanted to make sure we weren’t frightened of failure, and when we came to those last two games everything was positive.
“We got two good wins and I think we’ve got everything we deserve this year.”
Marlow sped over the finish line on Saturday with a batting flourish.
After restricting their hosts to 170-9, they made a steady start before Kevin Hudson’s 73 took them within 50 runs of victory.
With time to spare, they might have made careful progress from that point on, but their tails were up and the champions-elect became champions for real by chalking off the final 40 runs in just 15 balls with Ollie Keenan (37 not out) and Nick Paskins (25 not out) doing the damage.
Their season ends at Gerrards Cross 2s on Saturday, but focus has already turned to next season as they hope to make a better first of Division One than they did last time.
Paskins said: “We know we’ve got to improve to first survive and then to do well.
“Batting wise, you want the depth to regularly score 200 runs.
“Bowling wise, we’ve been very good this year so there’s not much we need.
“But we’ve got to make sure we’re at least as strong as now, because two years ago we started the season with a shell of the side that won Division Two.”
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