Shenfield captain Jack Kliber confident ahead of clash against Colchester

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 September 2017

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield skipper Jack Kliber is confident of victory against Essex League Premier Division relegation battlers Colchester this weekend.

Arshad Ali in batting action for Shenfield (pic TGS Photo)Arshad Ali in batting action for Shenfield (pic TGS Photo)

Kliber and his side will host the ninth-placed outfit tomorrow (Saturday) and will be hoping for maximum points in their bid to chase down Hornchurch for fourth place.

“We know they’re going to come hard at us, as they have some points they have to make up,” he said.

“They’re a decent side, but we know if we play and show the character we did against Southend we will come away with the win.”

The skipper expects it to be a real tough test as Colchester has two games left to remain in the Premier Division.

“We will have to play well, but we’re confident,” Kliber admitted.

“As I said they’re a good side and if someone told me at the beginning of the season Colchester would be batting for relegation with two games left I would have been very surprised.”

Shenfield are expecting to field a similar team to their last match with a possible return for the captain himself.

“We go into the match as close to full strength as we can be this week,” Kliber said.

“Hoping Jack (Plom) will be able to bowl this week as well, as he just come off England duty the last few weeks and wasn’t able to.”

Kliber is still hoping his young side can finish the season in fourth place ahead of Hornchurch.

“We will look to put Hornchurch under pressure.

“Wanstead, Chelmsford and Brentwood look set to battle it out for the top three now, so fourth is our target.

“If we can finish four it would be a good building block for us for next season.”

The club will go into the clash off the back of claiming a tense victory over Southend in a high-scoring contest at the Courage Playing Fields.

Kliber praised bowler Arshad Ali (4-103) for his display in the match and also the way his side chased down the big score.

“He has bowled well all season, but without maybe getting the wickets he has deserved in recent weeks.

“I’m pleased to see him get his rewards.”

“To chase a big score you need someone to go and get a big score of 100 or you need a steady contribution throughout the line-up, which is exactly what we had.”

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