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Frome cricketers end twelve-year wait for promotion

FROME Cricket Club has created history after winning the West of England Somerset Premier Division. 

They wrapped up the title with two games to spare after an impressive run of six victories in a row. The success ends a 12-year wait for promotion for Frome Cricket Club, who will now play in the West of England Bristol & Somerset Division next year.

Frome Cricket Club captain Sam Wheeler said, “It is a great achievement from a group who have quickly gone from the also-rans of the league to this season’s domination. Hopefully this is just the beginning of more success for the club and we now face a tough year in the Bristol & Somerset Division next year.

“It’s a fantastic reward for everyone at the club who’ve worked hard to make it happen. Winning the title with several games remaining has allowed plenty of time to celebrate and the players have certainly done that, but our success has been driven by improvements to the club both on and off the field over recent years, and there will be many people outside of the playing squad who will feel proud of what the club has achieved this summer.

“The club last played in the Bristol Somerset Division in 2002 when we were relegated into the Somerset Division – where we have remained for the past 11 seasons.

“It will undoubtedly be very tough next season, moving to a level of cricket with some big clubs and many a current or ex-professional around. Over the past few seasons many of the sides promoted have come straight back down so we’re under no illusions about the size of the challenge.

“But the squad and the club as a whole is young and there’s no reason why we can’t continue to improve and establish ourselves at this level. If the club can continue to grow off the field too then who knows what can be achieved?

“Being able to field a consistently strong side over the 16 games has been key, and the commitment of the players has been integral. A strong team spirit also exists as a result. Cricketing-wise we have a deep batting line up which has regularly posted big totals, and our miserly bowling unit and tight fielding has often prevented teams getting close to big scores.”