Shenfield captain welcomes Wanstead challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 May 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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Kliber: We fancy our chances against champions

Shenfield skipper Jack Kliber says he ‘fancies’ his side’s chances when they host defending Essex League Premier Division champions Wanstead this weekend.

Kliber’s team entertain the Herons tomorrow (Saturday) and will looking to bounce back, after suffering derby defeat at nearby rivals Brentwood last weekend.

“They’re a decent side, but they’re not unbeatable, as we’ve beaten them in recent years,” he said.

“It looks like we’re going to have a good week of weather, so we should have a good wicket.

“I think on a dry, hard wicket most teams won’t want to face our bowlers.”

The skipper insists he is not worried about facing the defending champions, despite their strong line-up.

“They’ve got a couple of decent spinners and a couple quality batsmen,” added Kliber.

“But we definitely fancy our chances. The league is pretty tight this year and they were probably not expecting to lose to Chelmsford in their last match.”

Kliber is hoping the weather predictions are correct and they do not have a repeat of the bad conditions he feels cost them against neighbours Brentwood at the Old County Ground last weekend.

“We were disappointed with the result, but I think the performance we can take a lot of credit from it,” he added.

“I think the game was played on two different wickets, we lost the toss and it was really hard batting for the first couple of hours.

“Not taking anything away from Brentwood, but it was the sort of wicket where no one really felt comfortable and it got easier as the day went on.”

The skipper will also be hoping team-mates Jack Plom and Arshad Ali stay on form for the match, after heaping praise on their performances in the last match.

“Jack is batting and bowling really well,” he said.

“He is looking really good and maturing quite well.

“Arshad has proved he is going to be able to do the business for us again this season.”

Shenfield will be looking to remain near the top of the table, as they currently sit in second place on 34 points. Kliber added: “We’re satisfied, but will not be getting too comfortable.”

The match starts at Shenfield Cricket Club, in Chelmsford Road, Brentwood at 11am.

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