Shenfield's Kliber wants his batsmen to step-up to task
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 July 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says they need their batsmen to start stepping up for their luck to change after a miserable run of five consecutive defeats.
Kliber’s men welcome Ilford to the Courage Playing Fields on Saturday as they look to end their poor run of form, extended by a heavy loss at Hornchurch.
And the skipper believes not only are his batsmen under-performing, but luck doesn’t seem to be on their side of late.
“We know where the problem is, we haven’t had a batsman who has turned round and said I’m going to bat for 50 overs today and get 100,” Kliber said.
“There is definitely a bit of luck in there, two of the boys played on, they’ve hit the shot, hit the floor and it’s rolled back and hit the stumps.
“I think that happened to Billy about 15, but he managed to see it and kick it away, so there is some luck in there.
“At three, four, five and six it’s just not happening for us at the moment as we’re just not clicking.”
Kliber is confident Jack Potticary can step up and be relied upon after rejoining the side in the last few weeks.
“He’s a decent player, so we’re excited to have him back,” he added.
“It will take him a week or two to get back into the swing of things as he’s been carrying a bit of an injury to his thumb, but he’s a good player and we’ll be looking to him.
“A few other people have also got to step up with him for us to win games in this league.”
Kliber also admitted Ilford will be another tough test but they must make the most of Theeban Tavarasa’s side’s recent dip in form.
“They beat us earlier on this season and we know they’re a good side,” said Kliber.
“When they’re hot, they’re very hot, but we know they’re a little bit vulnerable as well.
“We’re looking at it as an opportunity, it’s not a game we should go and win, but it’s an opportunity to win a game.”
Shenfield will most likely be without bowler Jack Plom and could potentially also be without fellow bowler and Essex staffer Aaron Beard.
“It’s difficult, Jack is with England under-19s for another two or three weeks, so we probably will not see him,” Kliber said.
“Aaron Beard is playing so much cricket at the moment that it’s difficult, but we don’t know on him.”