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Worlington hoping to clinch first ever Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One crown this weekend

Graham Ford is hoping that Worlington can make history on their own turf by securing their first Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title on Saturday.

ONE WIN AWAY: Worlington opening batsman Graham Ford
ONE WIN AWAY: Worlington opening batsman Graham Ford

The village side head into their final home game of the season against Coggeshall this weekend on the brink of glory, needing 15 points from their remaining three games to clinch the championship.

A win on Saturday (12pm) would get Worlington over the line, a scenario which opening batsman Ford says would be ‘ideal’ with trips to Halstead and Elmstead bringing their campaign to a close.

“It’s our final home game on Saturday, so to win the title then would be ideal,” Ford said. “Coggeshall are a good team so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“Of course, it would be the ideal scenario if we could win the league at our place, but if we don’t we still have two other games after that.

“Everyone’s in good spirits and wants to finish the job this weekend.”

Worlington saw their 17-match unbeaten run in Division One come to an end last Saturday, as they were bowled out for 182 before Witham reached the target on 183-3 with seven wickets to spare.

It was only the second time that the league leaders have tasted defeat in 2018, with their only other loss against Maldon way back on the opening day of the season, on April 21.

Despite last weekend’s defeat, Worlington’s title fate remains firmly in their own hands after nearest challengers Halstead and Woolpit also lost, leaving Worly with a healthy 46-point lead over Witham, who have now moved up into second place.

“The club are still new to Division One, we’ve only been in the division since 2014,” Ford said.

“Since we joined Division One from Division Two we’ve always been lower to mid-table, apart from one season (2016) when we finished fourth.

“To finish first would be the club’s biggest achievement and we’d only look at whatever could come beyond that after we won it.

“You always want to play as high as you can if the opportunity arose, but we’re not thinking about the (East Anglian) Premier League yet.

“Even if we did win the league there’s still two play-off games which we’d have to get through, so it’s one step at a time.

“We’ve got three more tough games left in Division One and we need 15 points from them.”

Worlington have been without their captain, Richard Ford, since early June due to a back injury, and his younger brother Graham says the thought of winning the title for their injured captain is also providing plenty of inspiration.

“We’d love to win it for Richard,” he said. “He’s been playing all the way through from when we were in Division Three (in 2010).

“This is the first year when he’s had to sit out and it’s been difficult without him. Let’s hope we can get over the line on Saturday for him.”