Howzat: Shenfield Cricket Club in better shape now insists captain Jack Kliber

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 May 2016

The 2016 cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

The 2016 cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

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After earning promotion from Division One, local club hoping to consolidate in Premier

Jack Kliber doesn’t expect his Shenfield team to be battling relegation like they were the last time they played in the Essex League Premier.

After coming third and just missing out on the title in 2013, the following season was a poor one as the club dropped down to Division One after finishing in the bottom two.

But after finishing as runners-up to Hornchurch last year, they are back in the big time and captain Kliber is confident about making a positive impact again.

He said: “I feel like we could do quite well, it was pretty open in the Premier Division last year with Chelmsford winning the title.

“Some of the usually successful sides didn’t do quite as well as normal. If we go well I believe we’ll be up there. I don’t expect us to be in the same position as when we got relegated.

“We’ve got a young side, but everybody is pulling their weight now. Maybe a couple of years ago we had a lot of 21-year-olds, but they are all more experienced now and playing their part.

“A lot of guys who were scoring 200 to 300 runs a year are now getting 500 or more, so I’m quietly confident that we will go well this season.”

Shenfield aren’t expected to have an overseas star for the start of the Premier Division on May 7. But Kliber is happy with the additions they’ve made over the winter.

He added: “We’ve actually recruited a couple of players from neighbouring clubs so we’ve strengthened well and don’t need an overseas.”

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