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Shenfield captain Kliber expects tough test against Southend

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 August 2017

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic TGS Photo)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber expects a tough test against Essex League Premier Division relegation battlers Southend this weekend.

Kliber and his men will host the eighth-placed outfit tomorrow (Saturday) and are aware the visitors will be throwing everything at them.

“They’re obviously fighting for their lives so they will be up for it as they have a lot riding on it,” he said.

“We know they’re a decent side and we know we have to be on our game to beat them.”

The skipper praised the Southend line-up and singled out a few of their players as threats for his side to watch out for.

“They have some stand-out players, their captain Joe Robbins is very good and they have one of our old lads Tom Phillippe as well.”

Shenfield have lost their last two against high-flyers Chelmsford and mid-table Chingford, but Kliber admits confidence isn’t down.

“We’re not going to go into it down-hearted, as we know we’re a good team and hopefully we can come away with a result,” he said.

“It’s tough, but we played Chelmsford who looked like they could win the league and on the weekend we came up against Dan Lawrence, who plays for Essex and is being talked about for England.

“He was the real difference in the match.”

Shenfield will be boosted by the return of Harris Mahmood and Tom Ballington for the encounter.

“I’m not actually playing this weekend, but we’ve got Matt (Salisbury) and Jack (Plom) again.

“Matt wasn’t able to bowl last week, but will be able to this week, which is a boost for us.

“Harris and Tom are back so we’ll be probably one of the strongest we have been all season.”

Kliber has also set his side a target of finishing in the top four with three games left this season.

“They’re some other sides like Wanstead, Brentwood and Chelmsford, who have played really good cricket this year and look set to fill the top three,” he admitted.

“We knew this year was always going to be a bit of building block for next season as we’re a young side.

“If we were to come fourth we would look back at it and say it was a solid season.

“If we lose two of the matches, we know we could finish seventh and that would be a disappointing season for us.”

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