SKIPPER Andrew Sutton has challenged his Barnt Green players to keep their standards as high as possible in the final weeks of the Birmingham League season.
Fifth-placed Green are neither fighting to avoid relegation nor scrapping for the Premier Division title but Sutton has urged his players to keep on performing as they bid to finish as high up the table as possible.
The Cherry Hill Road side go into tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash at Dorridge on the back of successive league victories over Walsall and Wolverhampton over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Sutton’s side enjoyed a six-wicket home victory against Walsall on Saturday, thanks to a stunning 143 not out from 93 balls from Tom Banton.
Then two days later the Green successfully chased down Wolverhampton’s score of 244-9 with more than 20 overs to spare.
Jamie Harrison (55) and Tom Brown (62) laid the foundations for victory before Banton (77 not out) and Ed Pollock (22) raced the visitors to 247-3.
“We were a little bit sloppy in the field against Walsall but Banton’s innings was a masterclass as he showed his quality and maturity to fire us to victory,” said Sutton.
“On Monday, we performed better all round and did well to restrict Wolverhampton to 240.
“On the face of things that was quite a below par score on a flat wicket as we made light work of the run chase.
“After our defeat to Berkswell I wanted the lads not to lose again and we have three games left to keep that record.
“I keep urging the lads to keep the high standards going – they want as many runs and wickets as possible.”
After starting the season with victory, Green did not win for five games and Sutton believes that run of form cost them a chance of fighting for the title.
“It is certainly one of those things we will look back on at the end of the season,” he said.
“We got bowled out for 40 at Walsall and I believe we should have beaten Berkswell if we could have scored a few extra runs.
“Looking back at it, those five games without a win cost us the chance of pushing for the league which is disappointing.
“But that all comes with experience as we have a young squad and it is important we learn from this.
“I firmly believe that if we learn from our experiences, in two or three years time there is no reason why we cannot win trophies.”