Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber feels they lacked fire power in their draw with Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 June 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber feels they didn't have enough fire power in their bowling line-up which cost them against Chelmsford.
Kliber and his side picked up a draw against the reigning Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division champions.
They won the toss and elected to bat first and managed to reach a total of 296 for 8 in 64 overs.
The stand-out performances coming from opener Kliber (68) and fifth batsmen Alan Jones (117) to guide them to 296.
“On reflection it’s disappointing to get nearly 300 runs and not win the game but really thinking about we were missing a lot of fire power,” Kliber said.
“We had no Aaron Beard, Matt Salisbury and Jack Plom didn’t bowl for us so we were light in our bowling line-up.”
Skipper Kliber praised his side’s batting performance against a strong bowling line-up but is disappointed that they did not pick up the victory.
“We batted well against a good bowling attack that include a few players who play for Essex Two’s like Matthew Dixon and Ben Waring.
“We done extremely well to keep it ticking over and managed to put a good score together.
“Overall though 13 points is very disappointing after how we batted.”
He heaped praised on Jones after a mixed start to the season and is hoping he can kick on now.
“I’m really pleased for Alan, he has struggled at the top of the order, mainly through little decisions not going his way.
“We thought we would put him at five and hoped it would increase his chances of getting big runs and it did.
“He batted sensible until 79 and then hit some vital runs so hopefully he can continue that form.”
In reply, Chelmsford got 285 for 6, with Nick Prowting top scoring for the visitors with 78.
The stand-out bowler for Shenfield was Mitchell Edwards (4-110) and Kliber believes he wasn’t at his best.
“He is doing really well but he was probably not at his best Saturday and he still managed to get four wickets which is impressive for us.
“We’re pleased with him and believe he’s going to have a very good season.”