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Chairman upbeat after last day Home Counties survival
HIGH Wycombe CC insist wholesale changes are not necessary during the winter.
They began the Home Counties season as defending champions but battled relegation all year and only secured their safety once and for all with a big final day victory.
But despite a campaign that fell well short of expectations, chairman Geoff Morgan says there’ll be no knee-jerk reaction.
He said: “We’ll learn from our mistakes and move on.
“We’ll look to strengthen, but we’ve got a fantastic group of youngsters coming through and we’ll continue with them.
“We lost a lot of experience with players leaving, retiring and dropping out half way through the season and maybe we just need a few more experienced players.
“But there’s not a lot wrong with the club.
“This season has been a wake up call and we’ll be up there again next year, I have no doubt whatsoever.”
Wycombe avoided the drop with a 67-run win at Banbury, thanks largely to a match-winning innings of 94 from captain Jamie Benning.
Jonathan Burden was also influential with figures of 5-40, but the recall of senior pros Chris Sketchley and Keith Newell was also hugely significant in getting a performance out of the team when it matter most.
Morgan said: “It was certainly the best performance of the season. It was by far the biggest match of the season and it proves the guys have a lot of passion to stay in the league.
“I was umpiring the fourth XI and kept getting texts all the way through the afternoon.
“I knew we were winning, but I wasn’t able to relax until we took the last wicket.
“We had a big response back at the club and a late drink.
“It was a massive relief to stay up and all credit to the lads for going to Banbury and winning – especially with five players missing from the previous Saturday.
“We did it on the last day and I’m very proud of them.
“It was a great effort but we must use the win at Banbury as a springboard for next year.”
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