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Shenfield captain Kliber is keen to start with a victory

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 May 2018

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 Cricket Club captain Jack Kliber is keen to get off to a strong start in their opening match of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division against Hornchurch this weekend.

Kliber and his men will welcome Billy Gordon’s side to the Courage Playing Fields on Saturday (11am) as both sides will look to get the 2018 campaign off to a winning start.

“We certainly want to try playing some positive cricket and get some wins under our belt,” he said.

“Whether that means we have to try to bat first if the wicket is looking good and get big scores then bowl them out or whether it’s on green wickets stick them in and see if we can restrict them to a low one.

“We’ll play it as it comes as you can’t plan too far ahead. We need to turn up and see how the weather is.”

Shenfield came up trumps in both league fixtures last year, but suffered a narrow three-run defeat to the Harrow Lodge-based outfit in the Twenty20 quarter-finals.

“They beat us in the Twenty20, which was disappointing. We went over there nowhere near full strength, but they played some good cricket and bowled really well to defend a low score.

“Over the longer formats we done okay against them.

“With Hornchurch it’s like you’re playing a different side every year anyway as they’ve always got a few new faces in and some going out.

“To say it’s personal or try to get revenge over them is probably not strictly true as it wouldn’t surprise me if we went over there and only played five of the guys we played last year.”

Kliber expects Hornchurch’s big summer signing, former England Test spinner Monty Panesar, to be a strong addition to their side.

“We obviously know a little bit about him! A couple of the guys at the club have played a bit of Essex twos with him when he was around last year, but that doesn’t mean anything as you don’t need to play with him to know anything about him.

“He will be a very good bowler in this league.”

Despite their opponents strengthening their side through the winter, Kliber is still very confident of a victory.

“If we can show up with two of our quick bowlers I’m pretty confident we will get something.

“I think at this time of year quick bowlers tend to do the damage but it will be an interesting match.”

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