Cuckney CC celebrate an incredible 2016 campaign

Cuckney CC celebrate claiming the Notts Premier League Trophy three times in the past five years  - Pic by: Richard Parkes
Cuckney CC celebrate claiming the Notts Premier League Trophy three times in the past five years - Pic by: Richard Parkes

Cuckney Cricket Club are celebrating a remarkable 2016 season that saw all four of their teams claim either championship and/or promotion success.

The club’s first team were crowned champions of the Notts Premier League, finishing 14 points clear of second-placed Plumtree.

That was added to by a Derbyshire Cup victory after beating Caythorpe in the final.

Cuckney’s second XI were runners-up in Bassetlaw League Division One and in the process gained promotion into the Bassetlaw Championship.

The third XI were champions of Bassetlaw Division Four to gain promotion into Division Three and finishing 46 points clear of second-placed Blyth.

The fourth XI, meanwhile, were runners-up in Division Seven and therefore also gained promotion.

Following the unprecedented success, Cuckney’s cricket secretary Graham Bullock said: “The key to our success is largely due to a very talented group of players, ably supported by a group of people dedicated to maintaining Cuckney’s position as one of the leading clubs in the county.

“I hope that next year we can maintain our success at both adult and youth level, to take part in and progress in national competitions and to raise sufficient funds to enable this to happen.

“The youth system at Cuckney is the backbone of the club and players who have come through that system are now playing in adult teams at all levels.

“The facilities at Cuckney are second to none and with excellent coaching available, Cuckney is the place to learn your cricket and progress via the Academy side to the highest levels of the recreational game and beyond.”

General secretary Jason Lucas echoed the importance of youth in Cuckney’s success both now and potentially going forward.

He said: “From my point of view the success starts from the juniors and works upwards.

“This is our platform and why our senior teams are very young. This is also the reason we are competing at such a high level, why we have gained this year’s success and the famous 1212.

“This will be remembered in the history of Cuckney Cricket Club for ever.

“Our fourth team policy of playing half the team with juniors is working very well. This year we have finished second, fourth and fourth in the U11s 13s and 15s and runners up in the 11s and 13s cup.

“That’s a great performance and one that backs up this year’s success of the 1212.”