Turk hails his Wimbledon heroes

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Championships can be a bit like buses, you don't win one for almost a decade and then two come along at once.

Wimbledon Cricket Club are celebrating after seeing both their first and second teams winning their respective Premier Division titles, lifting both trophies for the first time since 2002.

Both had secured their titles before the penultimate round of matches last weekend, which saw the first team beat Ashtead by .... and the second team ....., also against Ashtead.

"It sounds excellent to be Premier Division champions," said first team captain Neil Turk, whose side were runners up last year.

"A lot of hard work has gone into it and in the last couple of weeks we have played good cricket and deserved to be champions.

"We celebrated a reasonable amount and had bit of a party back at the club, with a little team-based fun.

"But it has been a very rewarding year for everyone involved with Wimbledon.

"We came second last year and got to the final of the National T20 and this year we have won the league only just lost the cup final, so we are very happy with that we have done as a club and a team.

"I don't think anybody could say that we didn't deserve to win the league and hopefully we can try and do it again next year, but everyone will be trying to close the gap on us."

A major part of Wimbledon's success has been their ability to take wickets, skittling out teams in all but four of their matches.

Sebastian Franke-Matthecka is the leading wicket-taker with 27 but Darren Hooey (21), Graham Porter (19), Turk (12), Martin Kain (11) and Hiran Marambe (10) are all in double figures too (update on Monday with Sat's game) "Our ability to bowl teams out has been key," said Turk.

"We have some quality bowlers and there are two or three others in the second team we have been able to call upon as well.

"Seb may be the leading wicket taker but everyone has shared them out.

"We are all here for the same reasons as well and it has not been too pressurised.

"We have worked hard as a club to get local-based players and almost everyone now lives within 20 minutes of the ground."

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