Shenfield need to be strong to beat favourites Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 May 2018

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says his side must be at their best to trouble Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division favourites Wanstead & Snaresbrook this weekend.

Kliber and his side welcome Joe Ellis-Grewal’s men to the Courage Playing Fields on Saturday as they look to end their opponent’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

Shenfield sit sixth in the table after the opening two matches while Wanstead sit second just behind pacemakers Chingford.

“We’re going to have to play some of our best cricket to get a result, we know that,” Kliber said.

“I’m hoping we go into this game a little bit stronger than our Ilford defeat last weekend and show some more character.

“We were missing a few players for that match and hopefully we will have a few back for this match.”

The skipper praised Wanstead’s strength and depth throughout their line-up and knows Shenfield must be wary of every player in the visiting team, adding: “They’re playing some really good cricket and they’ve just come off an extremely successful season as well.

“We know they’re favourites for the league, there is no doubt about that in anyone’s opinion.

“They have a lot of strength and depth throughout their line-up and are very dangerous.

“We can’t concentrate on one or two dangermen for them as they have eight or nine matchwinners.”

Shenfield will be hoping to have Mitchell Edwards, Jack Plom and Matt Salisbury at their disposal for the clash, despite the trio being called up to play county cricket recently.

“The guys are playing a lot of cricket right now so we never know whether we have them available until nearer the time,” he added.

“We’ll just have to wait and see on them.”

Shenfield will also play again on Bank Holiday Monday in the revamped Essex League T20 Cup in a group with Colchester, Ilford and Buckhurst Hill.

“It will be good to play some Twenty20 cricket and I think we’re set-up quite well for a good run in the competition,” said Kliber.

“Colchester have had the better of us in that competition in the last few years, but I’m confident with our group. If we beat them we’ll be playing Ilford or Buckhurst Hill.”

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