They’ve waited 25 years to get their hands back on the trophy but the wait was finally over a week last Saturday as Wetherby CC were crowned Wetherby League Division One champions once again.
Andy Twitchen’s side secured the title in fine style, beating Scarcroft by ten wickets at Grange Park.
After an early finish, the champagne corks then got popping when the news that nearest challengers Kirk Deighton had lost to Shadwell, and Wetherby’s points total could not be surpassed in the remaining two weeks.
For skippper Twitchen, it’s the culmination of a hard but rewarding season, where the club’s’ impressive bowling attack has proved crucial in their success.
“We got off to a dodgy start this season, in that the first couple of matches were rained off and after four weeks we hadn’t won a game,” he said.
“We never really got going with the bat but our bowlers have always got us through
“The one game that seemed to change everything for us was against Great Preston. We had to chase 2230 and Ian (Twitchen) got 100-odd and won us the game. That was a massive win for us and after that it’s been fairly comfortable.
“Bowling-wise I think we’ve probably got the best unit in the league, the best spinner in Syed Ahmed and Warren Else is the best seamer in the league.
“But the title is huge for the club and means a lot. There’s been a lot of old faces back down at the club who’ve come along to support the lads which has been great to see.
“It also means a lot to the players who’ve been here a long time, myself, Ian, Neil Thomas .
“It’s a big deal.We put ourselves under a lot of pressure this year and we though we good enough and to finally get there gives us all a lot of satisfaction.
“We’d finished at 4.30 so when we heard Kirk Deighton had lost we got the champagne open.”
With the championship in the bag, is the captain already plotting their defence next year?
“To be honest I’m not thinking that far ahead, although we will be without our overseas,” Twitchen revealed
“But we’ve always been lucky in that regard so I’m not too worried. Hopefully we can just round everything off this weeken first.”
Wetherby slightly blotted their copybook at the weekend when they lost to Leeds Police, but it was a blip in what has been a dominant season. The Grange Park men wrap up the campaign this Saturday, at home to Bilton in Ainsty.
in the final game of the summer.