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Promoted Braintree have found the right blend
A blend of youth and experience has proved a winning combination for Braintree Cricket club’s second team this year as they ended their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship campaign on a high.
Having already secured promotion to division five, Braintree concluded their time in division six with a 106-run victory against Felixstowe Corinthians and seconds captain Malcolm Fullgrabe is setting his sights on further success next year.
He said: “I’d say the season has gone a lot better than we expected.
“Last year we had a ration of four adults to seven kids, but this year it has been the other way round and that has given us a good mix.
“There has been a big gap between the seconds and firsts (in division two), so we set out an aim at the start of the season to go up to help close that gap and we got promoted with two games to go.
“What has really impressed me has been the bowling of the youngsters.
“I’ve always tried to let them have the ball rather than giving it to more established players because it’s the only way they will learn.
“We’ve seen the likes of Jay Smith come through and although he’s only 14, he has shown a lot of potential with his left-arm slow bowling.
“Ollie Grayson is also a player with a very bright future.
“He’s (Essex head coach) Paul Grayson’s son and he batted very well to score a century against Felixstowe on Saturday.
“We were a bit worried at the start of the season that we wouldn’t have the right blend to progress this year, but after a few games we had a good nucleus of more experienced players available to help the younger players.
“It allowed us to get the balance right and if we can do that next year then I can’t see why we can’t go up again next season as well.”
The club's first team host Brockley at Panfield Lane for their penultimate division two game of the season on Saturday following their five-wicket defeat by leaders Worlington last weekend.
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