Cricket: Woodford Wells skipper Joe Johnson takes positives from season after avoiding relegation on final day

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 September 2016

The view at Monkhams Lane, the home of Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The view at Monkhams Lane, the home of Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wells captain wants to avoid drama of last two campaigns next season

Woodford Wells skipper Joe Johnson believes the club can be happy with their season after avoiding relegation from Essex League Division One by beating Loughton on the final day of the campaign.

A nine-wicket success at home to already-relegated Loughton saw Wells finish in sixth place, seven points clear of the drop zone.

Gareth James took 5-22 as the visitors were bowled out for 145, while Michael Arblaster top scored with 64 off 41 balls in reply for Wells.

And Johnson was happy the Monkhams Lane club secured their spot in the division for another season, especially after Wells were hit hard by injuries during the second half of the season.

He said: “There are loads of positives we can take from the season, it’s just that a couple of injuries in the middle part saw us go from having an outside shot at promotion to battling relegation.

“Hopefully we can keep the squad together and bring a few more back to the club, but I believe we have the foundations for a good squad next season.”

The future does look bright, though, with the under-15s winning in the final of the Cox & Kings Cup last week.

Johnson believes that shows the club are continuing to develop talented cricketers in their youth system, and hopes a few more can make the step up from age-group cricket to senior matches in the coming years.

“We’ve always been a club with a strong focus on bringing through young players,” added the skipper.

“We do need to get a few more through and into the firsts, but it was a good result for the under-15s in their final.”

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