Jim Morgan's Grimsby Town CC disappointed with lowly league finish
GRIMSBY Town CC captain Jim Morgan admits his side under-performed in what was a difficult season at Augusta Street.
Morgan, who replaced former captain Neal Snell midway through the season, said that everyone at Town was disappointed with the club's eighth-place finish in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier league.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "It's obviously been quite a tough season with what's happened on and off the field but I think we all agree that we've under-performed – especially with our batting.
"We've not got the big scores enough times; I think we've only had two hundreds and one 90 and if you want to do well, then you need to build more partnerships and get your batters scoring bigger.
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"We're quite disappointed that we've not finished in the top four.
"With the talent that we've got in the side, to finish eighth just isn't good enough and I think everyone at the club recognises that.
"Our resolve will now be doubled to do much better next season.
"We'll be looking to challenge for the league title again, as we did this year, it just hasn't worked out that way."
Reflecting on when he took over as captain, Morgan said that the squad was hugely supportive of him and praised the attitude of his predecessor.
He added: "The players really got behind me as did the previous captain Neil Snell.
"He was absolutely fantastic in the way that he handled himself and the energy and enthusiasm that he showed towards the team was first class.
"For me, it was just a case of keeping it ticking over after being made captain.
"We brought in Dan Wood, pictured, from the second team to bat at five with Jack Wilson dropping down to six which gave us a bit of stability.
"Dan and Jack both out-performed our previous expectations and did really well, so it was a move that I think paid off.
"I just think, ultimately, we missed a batter really and it was disappointing the way the campaign ended, but we'll be looking to bound back next season."