Shenfield captain Kliber is hoping batsmen start performing
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 June 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber is hoping his batsmen can start performing and putting bigger scores up - starting this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.
Kliber’s side welcome current Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford on Saturday as they look to continue their good home form with an upset.
The skipper knows his side must start batting better after a mixed start to the season, but is confident they can make their home ground a fortress.
“The top-end batsmen haven’t been performing, but we did have a cup game against Old Brentwoods who, granted, are a few divisions below us, but we hit 340 with Ryan Plom getting 92 and Jamie Walton getting 116,” said Kliber.
“Hopefully that can kick start our batting performances for the season.”
They go into the match on the back of a 61-run defeat at Billericay and Kliber admitted they have been twice as strong at home and must continue that.
“We’ve performed a lot better at home than away so far this season so hopefully we can make Shenfield a bit of a fortress and improve our away form as well,” he added.
The captain is fully aware of the tough test they face this weekend but remains confident after beating National champions Wanstead & Snaresbrook at home already this campaign.
“That will be the real challenge – last year’s champions,” he said.
“They’ve got some really good bowlers, their slow bowlers and spinners are excellent and can cause real problems, but we know on our day we can beat anyone in this league with the team we’ve got.”
Kliber pin-pointed bowler Ben Waring and Chelmsford captain Jack Sterland as the danger men to watch out for this weekend.
“Ben is one of their spin bowlers and always one who bowls well and cause you problems,” he said.
“If we can play well against him we’ll be okay as he’ll most likely bowl 15 to 20 overs.
“They’re a pretty good side all round and play some really good cricket. Jack is strong and although he may not have as many runs as he would like so far this season, he always seems to get lots against us.”
Shenfield will have to wait and see if they have Matt Salisbury, Jack Plom and Aaron Beard available for the clash.