Kliber’s Shenfield have to ‘address issues’ and be at their best against Southend

PUBLISHED: 12:38 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 22 June 2017

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber believes they will have to be at their best to beat Southend in their next Essex League Premier Division outing.

Captain Kliber and his team travel to Southend tomorrow (Saturday) and he wants his side to end their bad run of form.

But it could be difficult as the side could once again be without Matt Salisbury for the match.

Kliber said: “We will have to play well and if we address some issues we go into Saturday with a good chance.

“We don’t know who is missing yet, Matt Salisbury was playing up against Lancashire at Old Trafford in a four-day match until Thursday.

“We will have to chat with him and find out if he’s available for us.”

The skipper believes even though Southend have had a weak start to the season it will be an extremely tough tie, adding: “They’re a decent side. They bat well and they’re in a bit of a fight as well and will be looking at this one like it’s one they can win with our current form.

“They’re in a bit of a relegation fight and will be desperate to get things going.”

Kliber is hoping they can get their season back on track, after struggling for results in recent weeks. But despite a six-wicket defeat to Chingford he is generally pleased with their start to the season.

“We had such a good start to the season and then we lost a couple of games and you start to think the wheels have come off, but we are content with our start and know we have the ability,” he said.

“We’re currently sitting in fifth and just looking forward to the day that everything falls into place.

“Having a young side is exciting but we just have to be patient and give everyone time to grow.

“Five years ago Matt (Salisbury) wasn’t doing the business, but we gave him a chance and now he’s up doing well and playing for Hampshire.”

Shenfield are now looking to the next few weeks as make or break for the rest of their campaign.

“Our next three fixtures, we’ve got three teams that are below us,” Kliber added.

“If we can win two of those we can sort of cement our place at the top end of the table.”

Shenfield’s League Cup hopes were ended on Sunday as they were dismissed for 162 in reply to Hainault’s 225-9.


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