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CRICKET: Captain hails biggest day in village club's history
DAVENHAM can define a narrow victory at Bollington on Saturday as the club’s finest hour, according to captain Mark Greaves.
Their reward, a year after being promoted from the Cheshire League for the first time, will be to play next year at the highest level in the village outfit’s history.
“I’m still not sure it’s sinking in,” he told the Guardian on Monday.
“The lads partied hard pretty much all weekend, but even when I try to reflect it’s hard to get my head around what we’ve achieved this season.
“Without question it’s the biggest moment Davenham have had.”
A single-wicket win, taking their tally to a dozen for the term, arrived in the most dramatic of circumstances.
After slumping to 15-5 in reply to the hosts’ 183, the visitors had to dig deep just to stay in the contest.
Greaves said: “At no point did it feel like we were going to win.
“The lads were nervous, I could sense that, as it was the first and only time this summer that whether we were promoted or not was in our own hands. It got to us, for sure.”
Only when tail-ender Danny Hancock hit a six, with Davenham requiring more runs than there was balls remaining, did he start to believe.
The young spinner was at the crease with Dean Jackson when they reached 184-9 in the game’s penultimate over.
They will now rub shoulders with the likes of neighbours Oulton Park, county champions as recently as 2009.
For Davenham, denied promotion in 2011 despite finishing as runners-up because county officials said their pitch was not up to scratch, it feels like deferred gratification.
The men from Butcher’s Stile had almost been demoted to the Cheshire League’s second tier the year before too.
Greaves said: “There’s probably half a dozen of us still around from then, so for us it’s a sweet moment.”
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