Shenfield captain Kliber confident ahead of Ilford match
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 July 2017
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber was in confident mood ahead of their Essex League Premier Division tie against Ilford this weekend.
Kliber and his side host Ilford tomorrow (Saturday), confident they can continue the form from their last outing against Colchester.
The side should also be boosted with the line-up returning to full strength, with Kliber back, although overseas Elliot Richtor will not be in the team.
Kliber said: “Touch wood, if everyone stays injury-free we should have the strongest team that we can get, minus Elliot of course.”
He believes the game is vital to their season, as it comes on the end of three games that were pinpointed as must-win games, before they head into the second half of the campaign.
“I think it’s important, as after this game we have played everyone and then our next three games are against Hornchurch, Brentwood and Chelmsford, three teams above us,” added Kliber.
“So we need to win this one, otherwise we have to rely on beating those sides.
“Like I said a few weeks ago, we were playing three teams that are below us and we needed to win two of the three.
“If we can beat Ilford we will sit on 100-120 points and it should leave us in third, fourth or fifth.”
Kliber, although confident his side can pick up a win, says they can’t get carried away as Ilford have a good side and every match this season is proving tough.
“They’re a decent side. They’ve also got Ashar Zaidi who plays a lot for Essex, so they will be strong,” he admitted.
“There aren’t any easy games – they bowl a lot of spin, so we will have to bat well.
“We beat Wanstead, who are top of the league and lost to Southend who are bottom, so that shows.”
Shenfield have had good form at home this season and Kliber hopes it continues.
“We’re a good side at home and being a home game we always back ourselves,” he explained.
“If we can play well, we will come away with the win.”
Kliber is also hoping Jack Potticary and Jack Plom can continue their good form.
“They’re important players for us, but we don’t want to become too reliant on them performing and getting us results,” he said.
“Jack (Plom) has bowled well for us all season and has been called up to the Essex twos.”
Shenfield will travel to Hornchurch to play in a T20 quarter-final this evening.