CLACTON’S jubilant cricketers are celebrating back-to-back promotions.

And after winning the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division three title, proud skipper Scott Facey believes the club’s players have been rewarded for their loyalty to the Seasiders.

Clacton had a well-documented fall from grace when, for financial reasons, they opted to pull out of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League in February 2014.

However, far from jumping ship, the vast majority of the squad stuck by their club and helped them win the division four title last season.

Now they have followed it up by winning division three, nailing down top spot with a five-wicket victory at home to Brockley on Saturday.

“It’s a great feeling and, in my opinion, a reward for all the players, who have worked so hard and been a pleasure to captain,” said Facey.

“It’s also a reward for their loyalty.

“Everyone knows what happened last year and it would have been easy for players to lose interest and move on.

“It could have been the beginning of the end for a lesser club and sparked a fall through the divisions.

“But that didn’t happen here and the boys really showed their loyalty."