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Noott keen to focus on positives after nightmare weekend
Adrian Noott did his best to force a smile when he came off the field in the fading light at Trescobeas on Saturday.
And for a while he managed it. He shook hands with players, he congratulated Werrington captain Ben Smeeth, he thanked supporters and well-wishers.
But it didn’t last. Despite his best efforts there was little disguising his disappointment, nor that of his teammates. Falmouth had come within a whisker of lifting the ECB Cornwall Premier League trophy for the first time in over 20 years, only to have it snatched away from them by a Werrington side who played for - and got - the draw they needed to retain their title.
It was tough to take for the fiercely comepitive Falmouth captain, who tasted defeat less than 24 hours later in the Premier 50/50 Cup final against the same opponents.
“I think we’ll learn from it all,” he said. “On Saturday the outfield was soaked when we batted, which didn’t help, but I don’t think we could have done much else. If we’d have got 200 they’d have played no different.”
“We’ve got to look at the positives. If someone had said to us before the start of the season that we’d be Vinter Cup winners, and second in the league we’d have absolutely bitten their arm off, we’d have never expected to do that.
"To get ourselves into that position and then not win it, it’s obviously dissapointing, but we’re the second best team in Cornwall, and we were comfortably better than the other eight teams, so we can’t really complain, we just need a little bit of improvement here and there.”
Rather than begin plotting for next season’s league campaign, Noott said he would take some time out to recharge after what was a long, hard season.
“I need to get away from cricket for a while now,” he said. “I’ll take some time to reflect on things and see what we can improve on. I think as a captain I’ve learned from my experiences. I definitely made fewer mistakes this year than I did last year.”
An early piece of good news for Noott is that overseas player Matt Goldsbury may well return next season.
Goldsbury had been expected to return to his native New Zealand.
“He’s a nice chap and he fits in well, so obvioulsy we’d love to have him back,” said Noott. “He’s scored 20s and 30s every week, and next year you’d imagine he’ll get even better. We’ll need players like that at the club if we want to compete with Werrington next year.”