Shenfield captain Kliber says it’s not time to panic

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 June 2018

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says it’s not time to panic as they face basement club Southend-on-Sea this weekend.

Kliber and his side will travel to Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Hadleigh last weekend.

The skipper is confident in his squad and believes that they can turn their poor start to the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season around.

“It’s not panic time at the moment, we know how we can fix this, and we know we’re a strong squad capable of beating anyone in this league,” Kliber said.

“We’re confident we can turn this all around but we also know we need to improve really fast.”

Kliber believes it is a good match for his side to bounce back but knows his men still have to perform.

“It is the perfect game as Southend are struggling but if we lose this one then it really does put us in trouble,” he added.

“We know if we play our game we can beat Southend and most teams in this league but we know if we don’t turn up then it goes very wrong for us.”

Kliber also wants his side to stop worrying about opponents and focus on their own form.

“We’re going to worry about ourselves instead of opponents and individuals as if we put the focus on them it takes our mind off what is important in this league.

“We just need to bat well, bowl well and play some good cricket and then we know we can win games as we’ve beaten Wanstead.”

Shenfield will once again be without Matt Salisbury who continues his county commitments with Durham.

“Matt is still playing for Durham but other than that I’m hoping we can take a strong side and get the result we need,” added Kliber.

Despite their heavy defeat last weekend, Kliber was delighted with bowler Arshad Ali, who picked up four wickets in the match.

“Arshad bowled really tight against Chelmsford the week before without much luck and he was really reliable for us still last weekend,” he said.

“He was the guy you wanted to throw the ball, so we’re happy with his bowling, but the main thing is not about individual success we need to start performing as a team.

“It was a combination of poor fielding and some ill bowling that cost us and put pressure on us.”

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