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Graham Ford believes that having an abundance of top quality options was the leading factor in Worlington clinching an historic first ever Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title.

Worlington celebrate
Worlington celebrate

The village side (255) got themselves over the line with two games to spare on Saturday thanks to a 107-run home win over Coggeshall Town (148).

It rounded off a campaign to remember for Worlington, who spent much of the previous term looking nervously over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

However, they used the off-season to strengthen their ranks – particularly in the bowling department – and it has worked wonders.

“It has been a real team effort,” said opening batsman Ford.

“We have got together a very experienced team that has seen a lot of difference circumstances down the years.

“In the past we might have been a little bit naive, but everyone knows their job now.

“We have always had the ability to score runs, but the firepower to bowl teams out was missing at times.

“We would score 300 plus and yet teams still had a chance of chasing that down.

“You cannot win a league or be in contention if that is happening and that is why we addressed those areas over the winter.

“We bat all the way down to 10 and have six or seven very good bowlers in that line-up as well. There are so many more options and it means if someone has an off day, there is always someone else who can push us along.”

After trips to Halstead on Saturday (12pm) and Elmstead the following weekend, Worlington will switch their focus to securing themselves a place in next season’s Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League alongside the likes of neighbouring Mildenhall and Burwell & Exning.

First they would need to get through the play-offs, with a semi-final date against the champions of the Cambridgeshire League (yet to be decided) scheduled for September 16.

Victory in that clash would send Worlington through to a winner-takes-all tie with either the side that finished bottom of the EAPL or Norfolk champions Fakenham, on September 22.

“We are keen to have a real good crack at getting into the Premier League for the first time,” added Ford.

“It will be a bit like the National Village Cup for us. It is a straight knock out against teams you do not know too much about.

“It will be a good challenge for us and will give us more of an indication of where we are right now.”