Welwyn Garden City captain confident of bouncing back after relegation
PUBLISHED: 10:08 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:08 19 September 2013
JAMIE Hewitt believes the work starts now after his Welwyn Garden City side were painfully relegated on the last day of the cricket season.
Despite WGC posting a respectable score of 271-5, Tring Park, and in particular Vinay Devisetty and William Jones, caught the target as the home side finished on 272-3 to claim victory.
As news filtered through that North Mymms had managed to defeat Potters Bar, and High Wycombe had seen off Banbury, WGC were dealt the reality of facing Division Two East cricket next season.
Admittedly hurt by relegation, first team captain Hewitt was in a reflective mood when speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
“Overall it is a huge disappointment, and most disappointing is that it was in our hands,” said the former Middlesex man.
“We probably had our strongest team out there, and had put a good total on the board, but we just didn’t really perform in the second half of the innings.
“I think that’s been the way it has gone for us this season; we just didn’t perform as a unit.
“We have shown in the 18 games that we can play, but we need to be more consistent overall.”
WGC went into the season with a fresh emphasis on giving the talented young players a chance of first-team cricket.
And while inexperience may well count as a factor in certain games this season, Hewitt believes this approach was still right for the club despite relegation.
“We highlighted at the start of the season that we had some really good talent at the club, and in the long-term it would be beneficial for these players to be able to play first team cricket,” added Hewitt.
“We chose not to go with overseas players as that would have been a bit of a contradiction to what we are trying to do here.
“It’s all about sustainability, and I hope relegation can prove to be a blessing in disguise.
“These players have played a high level of cricket now, they will be dropping to a lower level so there’s no reason why they can’t be better for the experience.
“We will continue to strive forward, won’t be making wholesale changes.
“At the moment I just want to chat to everyone, and start rebuilding. It will be a winter of hard work, and we will come back and aim to get back into the top division.”
WGC won the toss and batted first on a good Tring pitch and after compiling 271-5 in their 50 overs fully expected to secure their Division One status especially as Mymms hade been bowled out for 132 by Potters Bar.
Good knocks by Gavin Baker (87) and Louis Champion (68) were the mainstays of the competitive first innings total.
However, mid-table Tring had different ideas and despite missing influential Keith Dutch, were determined to make a game of it – and how.
Despite being 35-2 from 11 overs, Jones and overseas player Devisetty set about the WGC bowlers and put on 220 for the third wicket before Jones fell to Jamie Southgate.
WGC’s innings turned out to be the highest first innings total in Division One, but just happened to come across two players who had an exceptional day to send the Digswell Park outfit down to Division 2E next season.
They will be joined next season by Potters Bar, who were also relegated.
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