As the curtain comes down on the 2018 season, Lindum U9 Gladiators can reflect on what has been a remarkable effort, not only to go unbeaten but to win every game clearly justifies the title. However, to measure the season solely on the number of wins doesn’t do justice to the way in which these victories were earned. Nor does it reflect the contribution of every single player within the Gladiator squad of which there are twenty-two. It is also fair to say that the strength and depth in the squad was a factor but not the overriding reason for such success. The manner in which the players approached their cricket and the togetherness they have shown throughout the season, regardless who was selected to play was for me the difference. Seeing their confidence and cricketing knowledge grow has been the biggest achievement with the league title a collective recognition of the squad’s efforts throughout the season and is thoroughly deserved. And will without doubt be the foundation on which to build when the players return for winter nets and the 2019 season at U9 and U10 respectively. Well done Gladiators.