Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber wants his side to be better with the bat ahead of Billericay clash
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 June 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says his side must start putting together stronger batting performance to back up their stand-out bowling displays so far this season, writes Jacob Ranson.
Kliber and his side will travel to Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division new boys Billericay on Saturday as they look to make it back-to-back wins after beating Wanstead & Snaresbrook last weekend.
“We know if we can get 250 there are not many teams in the league that will chase that down against us because of our bowling,” said Kliber.
“Realistically we’re a team that can get that sort of score as well and need to start doing it more consistently. The bowling unit will do the business, but we need to back it up with our batting whether we bat or bowl first.”
The skipper praised their opponent’s line-up and believes they are starting to find their feet after being promoted last season.
“They’ve got one or two really good players in their line-up,” he added.
“They’re a new side to the league but they’ve got some Premier Division experience in their team still.
“I know they’re still searching for their first win but they got the better of Chelmsford in their draw last weekend and are starting to find some form.”
But Kliber also believes it’s time for Billericay to stop making excuses and feels they should now be adjusted to life in the Premier Division.
“It’s their fourth game now so they can no longer use the excuse of not knowing the Premier Division,” he said.
“They know what it’s about now and have to start getting wins.”
Despite being without a win the captain admits they can not take Jake Foley’s side lightly as they have some danger men in their line-up including Paul Walter.
“Paul Walter is strong for them, he bats and bowls really well and can be a match winner in any game,” he added.
“They’ve also got a few young Essex lads who will be dangerous.”
Kliber is confident of another victory and feels his bowling unit could steal the points for his side, adding: “We know if we go well we will get a result but at the same time if we don’t we know we’ll lose.
“Hopefully our bowling unit can do the business again for us this week.”