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Hopeless cricket team finally celebrate after winning for the first time in 29-year history

A hopeless CRICKET team finally celebrates after winning for the first time in their 29-year history.

Motley Crew CC endured a nail-biting finish before Vice-Captain Bobby Dolan hit the victory bar and set off insane scenes.

Motley Crew CC are finally celebrating after winning for the first time in their 29 year history

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Motley Crew CC are finally celebrating after winning for the first time in their 29 year history
Motley Crew - made up of players aged 14 to 70 - was formed in 1993 by a group of fathers in Faversham, Kent

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Motley Crew – made up of players aged 14 to 70 – was formed in 1993 by a group of fathers in Faversham, Kent

The 31-year-old English teacher told The Sun: “It took a long time and there was a bunch on the pitch when I managed to hit a four to seal the win.

“We had 25 fans watching and everyone ran and jumped on me.

“The wait was long, so we celebrated in style in the pub. I still can’t believe we finally got it wrong.”

Motley Crew – made up of players aged 14 to 70 – was formed in 1993 by a group of fathers in Faversham, Kent.

Bobby said: “We are absolutely terrible. Few of us know how to hold a bat and throw a ball.

“But we put up with being beaten up for the love of the game.”

But on Sunday they finally came off well against the Three Horseshoes at Hernhill.

The pub team were limited to just 134-4 from 30 overs – albeit after their star batsman was hit in the head by a wild delivery and retired injured.

In response, Motley Crew’s Daniel Groom set a record 76 before a predictable collapse meant that Bobby and 14-year-old Callum Groom, who had never played cricket before, were the last man to score the last 17 runs.

Motley Crew CC captain Tom Browning, 33, shared his pride – especially since his father Steve, 67, captained the team in 1993.

Tom said: “It was always about having fun, drinking a few too many beers and having a good day – but winning was amazing.

“There were a few hangovers.”

Vice-captain Bobby Dolan, who won the match, said:

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Vice-captain Bobby Dolan, who won the match, said: “We had 25 fans watching and they all kept running and jumping on me.”
Motley Crew's Daniel Groom set a record 76 before a predictable collapse meant Bobby and 14-year-old Callum Groom, who had never played cricket before, were the last man to score the last 17 runs

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Motley Crew’s Daniel Groom set a record 76 before a predictable collapse meant Bobby and 14-year-old Callum Groom, who had never played cricket before, were the last man to score the last 17 runs

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