Skipper Turk knows where Wimbledon CC's priority lies
Wimbledon are on the verge of an historic league and cup double, but skipper Neil Turk knows where his priority lies.
His charges are 22 points clear at the summit of the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship and they are also preparing for the National Club T20 finals day at Edgbaston next month.
Victory in both would satisfy Turk’s high ambitions, but after winning the Premier Division title last term, it is retaining that title that matters most.
The former Sussex batsman said: “Winning both would constitute a very successful season but retaining the title would be the icing on the cake. It would show we are a consistently good side.”
Wimbledon lost their first league game since June on Saturday against Malden Wanderers when a remarkable batting collapse saw Turk’s men turn 132 for five into 147 all out. Having been set a target of 154 by the visitors – where Jack Snape, Darren Hooey and Tim Monteleone claimed three wickets each – the chase seemed a formality until the wheels came off.
“They bowled well is the only reason I can give,” Turk said. “Both sides were bowled out for less than 160 on a pretty decent wicket and in very good batting conditions. I’m not sure how both teams managed that. It was not like one side got 300 and the other side collapsed.”
Despite the reverse, Wimbledon remain in a strong position needing just one more win from the remaining three games to retain their crown, and if either rival, Sunbury or Reigate, do not win all their games, they hand Wimbledon the title.
Wimbledon beat Bristol by six wickets to reach the T20 finals day on September 6 where they face Cuckney in the first semi-final.
Johnno Gordon took 3-15 in restricting Bristol to 131 before Turk (49) Graham Grace (34 not out) saw Wimbledon to their big day.
Turk said: “Some of us have played at Edgbaston before but for the guys who haven’t it will superb, and then to all go as a team, where it tends to be more friends than team mates, it is a good day out.”
Mitcham are on the brink of finishing rock bottom of Division Five of the Surrey Championship.
After a dismal showing with the bat at Merrow on Saturday, Mitcham find themselves 18 points behind Godalming – the team they face next week and will need to beat.
Mitcham were skittled for just 73 in the 29th over and Merrow reached their target with only 16.4 overs on the board.