Shenfield captain Kliber ‘pleased’ with Ilford victory

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 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 captain Jack Kliber is ‘really pleased’ with 32 run victory against Essex League Premier Division outfit Ilford this weekend.

The skipper, who was missing with a minor injury, believes his team-mates stepped up to and played a ‘brilliant’ game of cricket.

“I’m really pleased obviously myself being a little injured, other guys stepped in and managed to do the business for us,” he said.

“I managed to watch the back end of the match, it was a brilliant game of cricket and really competive.”

Stand-in captain Tom Austin chose to bat after winning the toss, but Arshad Ali and Ryan Plom fell cheaply to Hussnain Kazmi (3-73) leave them 33-2.

Jack Potticary held firm and put on 131 for the third wicket with Haris Mahmood, before Haaris Ayub ended his innings on 103, having hit five sixes and 10 fours and Kliber praised new boy Potticary on his performance.

“Really pleased it’s only his second game for us and he’s been in superb form, he got 75 against Colchester and 103 this week,” he said.

“It’s a little bit of a lesson for our younger guys as well, as he is only 19 and he has come straight in and done the business, so we’ve been looking up to that and saying that’s how we need to play.”

Mahmood fell eight runs short of his century to Mohammad Ahktar after hitting five sixes and nine fours.

Tom Ballington (21) and Jack Plom (21) chipped in, with Matthew Salisbury (58 not out) hitting five sixes and five fours to see Shenfield close on 327-7.

“We know to get big runs in this league we need all our guys firing and we’re starting to do that now.

“Matt got 50 odd nearly 60 runs off about 30 balls which was quite unbelievable I’ve got to say.

“Haris was brilliant for us as well.”

Ilford were dismissed for 295 in the 48th over by Shenfield’s fast bowlers and Kliber was delighted with Salisbury (2-43) and Plom’s (3-59) efforts once again.

“Having Matt and Jack with us and bowling fast it gives us great prospects now compared to a few weeks ago,” he admitted.

“If we play like that against anyone else we can beat them as well.

“Also if we can get a strong side out we’re a match for anyone in the league.”

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