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Swindon title win was a team effort
SWINDON skipper Liam Tucker praised every member of the club’s squad after they sealed the Wiltshire Division title in style to earn promotion back to Glos/Wilts at the first attempt.
Having led the league for much of the season, the County Ground club made sure of promotion on Saturday as they beat local rivals Marlborough by 112 runs thanks largely to 121 from Ardil Domingo.
After making 262 from their 50 overs Swindon were eventually able to bowl their hosts out for 150 with Domingo taking three wickets, but despite the all-rounder topping the club’s batting and bowling charts this season, Tucker insisted they have been much more than a one-man team.
“It’s been all about hard work and a team effort to be honest and every player at some point this year has stood up,” he said.
“That’s shown itself in people stepping in for a few games and those who have been in the team all year, but all our batsmen have scored runs and all our bowlers have taken wickets.
“When we needed runs Ardil has stepped up and batted superbly, and this time he got the score on the board for us which helped us win.
“We haven’t relied on individuals too much and as a team we have got promoted. Some contributed more than others, but when you look through it everyone has played their part.”
Tucker was also pleased to see the club bounce back from last season’s relegation at the first attempt in a campaign where they only suffered defeat once.
“We’ve been there or thereabouts all season but it hadn’t been confirmed so it was still a case of having to go out there and do a job and make sure of it,” he said.
“To get back up at the first attempt was what everyone at the club wanted from the first team and it’s great we managed to achieve it.
“It’s where the club thinks we should be at least but we knew full well it was a difficult league to get out of with only one going up.
“There was a bit of relief in there while the other half were enjoying celebrating and that went on long into the night down at the club, which was great.”
At one stage the Swindon captain feared his side might not make it over the final hurdle as Marlborough overseas player Zwelibanzi Homani set about their attack, but once David Miles was able to remove the batsman, Tucker admitted the match was over.
“There was a point in their innings where they were going at six or seven an over and it was very much game on at around 20 overs, but once we got their overseas player out it became a bit more of a formality,” he said.
“When he was going well it looked as though he was going to get close, but thankfully we managed to finish them off.”
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