Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber wants more consistency this season

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 May 2018

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber is looking for more consistency from his young side this campaign as they look to push on.

Kliber and his men pulled off a fourth-placed finish in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division last year, but inconsistency cost his side.

The skipper is hoping they’ wil continue improving and is expecting an exciting season from his Brentwood-based outfit.

“I suppose striving for consistency will be the challenge this year with such a young side,” Kliber said.

“I think young players tend to learn and get better and a lot of our squad is 23 or younger. It’s potentially a very exciting season, but we’re also realistic in the fact that we know with these youngsters we will have a little bit of inexperience.”

The club has moved to bring in Australian Mitch Edwards and 20-year-old Essex staffer Aaron Beard.

“We’ve lost a couple but gained a couple, but I hope we’re of a similar strength to what we were last year,” added Kliber.

“We’ve signed Mitch Edwards, he is coming over from Sydney, and we’ve also signed Aaron Beard from Chelmsford.

“We hope that whilst both of those guys are young, Aaron has played a lot of Essex cricket, and Mitch has played a lot of grade cricket.

“We’re hoping they can bring some experience into the side.”

Shenfield will be without batsman Jack Potticary this campaign due to study commitments and Kliber is also expecting his side to be without Matt Salisbury and Jack Plom regularly due to county cricket commitments.

“We’ve lost Jack Potticary, he is going to be playing his cricket in Yorkshire this year, while he’s studying which is a shame as he was very important for us,” he said.

“Matt is plying his trade with Hampshire so he is going to be playing down there and trying to break into their first-team squad, but we hope we see some of him.

“Jack Plom is a similar sort of situation, he’s made great strides and looks set to play a lot of Essex twos and hopefully by the end of the year he can make his first-team debut as well.”

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