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CRICKET - Relieved Spa survive and hold onto their Division 1 status

Droitwich Editorial 7th Dec, 2019

DROITWICH Spa CC feel justice has been done after their place in Worcestershire County League Division One was finally confirmed.

An incredible run of five wins from their last six games lifted Spa out of the bottom two and they finished 24 points clear of the drop zone.

However, Astwood Bank’s failure to win promotion to the Birmingham League via the end-of-season West Midlands play-offs and Brockhampton’s relegation into the WCL Premier Division meant three sides had to go down from the top flight, which put Spa’s Division One place in jeopardy.

This has now been secured as Evesham have had to give up their spot as they will only able to field one side next season instead of three, which will play in Division 11.

“It’s been a nervous few weeks but we feel justice has been done particularly after we finished off the season so strongly with a run of victories,” said Droitwich’s recently-appointed chairman Martyn Davies.

“Not knowing what the league organisation would be, we could only try and win as many matches as possible in the final run-in to mathematically avoid the drop, which is what we did and was a brilliant achievement from where we were midway through the season.”

Davies said that the club was in good shape both on and off the pitch and preparations for the 2020 season had already begun.

“We’ve already had positive discussions with a number of new players which, together with some exciting developments off the pitch, mean that the club should be in a very strong position come the start of the summer,” he added.

Following the club’s recent AGM, Davies was elected as the new chairman.

Four Droitwich captains retained their roles for the 2020 season – Max Young (1sts), Karl Goddard (2nds), Tom Goss (4ths) and Jacey Foster (Sunday) – while Paul Foster is taking over as third team skipper from Tom Gregory, who has stepped down.

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