THE captain of Henley Cricket Club says his side will be “hungrier” next year after missing out on the Home Counties Premier League title on the final day of the season.
Henley, who were looking to become the first team to win the league three times in a row, lost to High Wycombe to hand the title to their opponents.
Henley had led the league for most of the season but trailed High Wycombe by eight points going in to the finalÂ game, meaning only a win would see them claim the record-breaking title.
But the home side were second-best throughout as High Wycombe claimed a convincing win. But Bjorn Mordt, standing down as Henley captain after 10 years, backed the team to bounce back next year.
He said: “We haven’t played as well as in previous years but they will get stronger. It’s a case of taking defeat and using it to be better and they will come back hungrier next year.
“Winning this league three years in a row is hard to do and we couldn’t do it but we will keep going.
“When you win you’ve got to keep moving forward and we slipped up this year but it will only make them more keen to win it back.”
Wycombe,Â who have been runners-up in the last two campaigns, lost only once en- route to the title and were confident winners at the Brakspear Ground.
They were presented with the trophy after the match, while the crestfallen Henley players retired to their dressing room after congratulating their rivals.
David Barnes said: “We’ve had a great season so we’re disappointed to lose. It was a tough game and High Wycombe are a good side. We just haven’t played well enough at crucial moments.
“This is a tough league and credit to Wycombe, they deserved their win. Now we can’t wait to get stuck in over the winter and come back stronger for it.”
Fellow batsman Michael Roberts added: “We gave it our best effort throughout the year. We are still excited because we have heaps to work on and we still managed to finish second.
“Credit to High Wycombe, over the 18 games they were probably the more consistent side.”
Mordt, who has won five titles as captain,Â says he isÂ looking forward to returning as a player after giving up the captaincy.
He said: “I told the boys it’s been awesome captaining them and I’ll carry on as a player next year under a new captain. I’m looking forward to just being one of the boys.”