Shenfield skipper expecting a better team performance against Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 August 2017
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber is expecting better from his side against Essex League Premier Division outfit Chingford this weekend.
Kliber and his team-mates travel to sixth-placed Chingford tomorrow (Saturday) and hope they can get back to winning ways after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Chelmsford last time out.
“It’s difficult to say we’re confident as we just got bowled out for 77 and we know we have to be better,” said Kliber.
“On the back of a drubbing from Chelmsford we can’t be complacent and expect a win.
“Chingford are a decent side and they beat us earlier on this year. We know when they’re good, they’re very good.
“We know they’re a side that on paper look better than a bottom-half side and we can’t take them as one.”
Shenfield could be boosted by a return to their line-up for England under-19 star Jack Plom and Matt Salisbury remaining in the fold for the clash.
“Hopefully we will go into the match as close to full strength as possible and that means more so than the last few weeks,” added Kliber.
“Jack (Plom) has finished his England under-19 duty now and he should be back.
“Hopefully we can get Jack and Matt Salisbury out there for us as that makes us a real force.”
The two key team members were set to be playing county cricket during the week and Kliber is hoping they will have stayed fit and can help his side get a victory.
“Jack and Matt will be playing county, but as long as they come through fit they will be in the line-up for us,” he added.
“With them it gives us a good chance on paper, but we know we need to go and play good cricket to get a win anywhere in this league.”
The format switches to timed matches for the last four weeks of the season and Kliber says they need to concentrate, even more so after their heavy loss to Chelmsford.
He added: “We go back to the timed cricket of 110 overs this week, so we know our concentration levels have to be high to get us a result.
“I was massively disappointed (last weekend). It was one of those days not that that is excusable. We didn’t show enough character batting.
“It wasn’t a 250 wicket like in recent weeks, but it wasn’t a 77 either.”
See website for match report.