Shenfield face ‘tough test’ against Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 May 2017

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield

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Kliber talks about tough test

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber admits his team will have to be on top of their game to beat derby rivals Brentwood this weekend.

After beating Hornchurch by 111 runs in their first Essex League Premier Division match of the new season, Shenfield should be full of confidence going into the fixture tomorrow (Saturday).

Tom Ballington’s 79 led Shenfield to 248, before Matt Salisbury (5-68) and Arshad Ali (4-39) combined to dismiss Hornchuch for 137, but Kliber insists his side shouldn’t get ahead of themselves.

“I always expect a tough game against Brentwood, they probably have one of strongest batting line-ups in the league,” he said.

“Matt and Jack (Plom) are bowling really fast right now, so it could be a real interesting match.”

Brentwood drew their first match of the campaign at Colchester, with Aaron West (111) and Joe Buttleman (53) their leading batsmen as they reached 261-8 in reply to the home side’s 292-7.

And they will be looking to open their account against their nearest rivals, with Kliber

adding: “They will be disappointed after not beating Colchester in their last game.

“I’m sure they will be feeling fragile and they will really want to get a win under their belts.

“We have got a lot of belief in our batting line-up. We always have that belief we can take innings as we’ve got a lot of experience and talent.”

Kliber praised his side’s performance in the last outing, especially Ballington, Salisbury and Plom who played a huge part in the victory.

“We haven’t often had to be reliant on guys and we wouldn’t want to be or put pressure on these guys either,” he said.

“As a captain I don’t care who gets the runs as long as we get them, but maybe we need to put a bit more pressure on our top five.”

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