20th Oct, 2019

Keep the foot on the gas, urges Barnt Green skipper Sutton

Craig Gibbons 25th Aug, 2017

CAPTAIN Andrew Sutton has warned Barnt Green not to take their foot off the gas as they bid to climb up the Birmingham League Premier Division.

After their defeat to Berkswell earlier this month, the Cherry Hill Road skipper called on his squad to avoid defeat for the rest of the season.

And their target got off to a good start on Saturday when they secured a five-wicket victory at relegation-threatened Kidderminster.

Kidderminster at one point were 215-2 but Tom Brown worked wonders with the ball to pick up six wickets as the hosts were limited to 292-8 from their 50 overs.

Ed Pollock then smashed 158 for Green, who raced to 293-5 in reply with more than ten overs to spare.

Matt Lamb also chipped in with a useful 59.

“It was a fantastic win for us against a Kidderminster side who are fighting to stay in this league,” said Sutton.

“The guys took responsibility but when you have the quality of Matt and Ed in the side they can win us games on the road.

“When we lost at Berkswell I urged the lads not to be on the wrong end of things for the rest of the season.

“We have crossed the magic 190 points target but we will not be taking our foot off the gas.”

Green have home comforts over the Bank Holiday weekend as they entertain Walsall tomorrow (Saturday) before welcoming Wolverhampton to Cherry Hill Road on Monday.

With the availability of professionals Joshua Poysden, Brown, Pollock and Lamb limited, Sutton says there is enough strength in depth to cope with the challenge which lies ahead.

“If we have all our pros then we are one of the best sides in this league,” he said.

“But if we don’t have them, then it gives the chance for others to shine.

“We have proven we can chase scores down, bowl sides out and beat the big teams so we will look for individuals to prove themselves over the weekend.”

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