Shenfield skipper Kliber gives credit to struggling Colchester

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 September 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 slightly disappointed but also believes it was a fair result as they had to settle for a draw against Premier Division strugglers Colchester.

Kliber men just got over the line as they were 11 runs short of their target with their last-wicket pair at the crease and the skipper admits Colchester bowled extremely well.

“Looking at the result, we’re a little bit disappointed,” he admitted.

“It would have been nice to come out with a result, but when we actually look at the game and break it down the wicket was tricky and credit where credit is due Colchester bowled really well.”

Oliver Castell (3-21) made inroads with the new ball after the visitors were put into bat, with Richard Abson-Bennett helping reduce them to 55-4.

Colchester’s middle order rallied in support of opener Joe MacGregor, who fell for 71 to Tom Ausin (2-46).

But Abson-Bennett (2-47) and Arshad Ali (2-64) also finished with braces for Shenfield as Colchester were dismissed for 186 in the 55th over.

“Ollie who is one of our youngsters that come up from the twos was brilliant for us with the ball, which is great to see.”

Shenfield lost Ryan Plom and Ollie Ekers cheaply in reply, before Jack Potticary (27) and captain Jack Kliber (32) took them to 53-2.

Tom Ballington (42) and Jack Plom moved the score to 110-4, but three wickets then fell for just four runs to put Shenfield on the back foot and Kliber praised his batting line-up.

“Tom looked excellent for us again and Jack (Potticary) on a difficult wicket got a good score and probably deserved more.”

Austin (20) added 39 with Plom (32), who was ninth man out with the score on 164, before Castell survived for seven balls.

Shenfield will now travel to Ilford for their last match of the season on Saturday.

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