22nd Jan, 2019

Sutton: Barnt Green won't be pushing the panic button

Craig Gibbons 24th May, 2018

SKIPPER Andrew Sutton stressed Barnt Green will not be pushing the panic button after losing three consecutive Birmingham League Premier Division games.

The Cherry Hill Road side sit rock bottom of the table after four games with their latest defeat coming at Berkswell last Saturday.

But having played and lost to arguably the three best teams in the division in the form of Berkswell, Knowle & Dorridge and Shrewsbury, Sutton is hopeful his side can push on.

Green return home on Saturday when they play host to newly-promoted Moseley who currently sit third in the table.

Sutton is expected to name a similar side to the one which lost by 22 runs to Berkswell and has urged his players to be more ruthless.

And having defeated Old Elizabethans in the second round of the Birmingham League T20 Challenge Cup on Tuesday night, he hopes that victory will provide much-needed confidence.

“It’s important we take our opportunities when they come and I want to see a bit more fight from the boys,” he told the Standard.

“If we can get Moseley two or three wickets early down it’s vital to turn the screw and then if people can push on towards 50s or 100s with the bat that would be even better.

“We performed much better against Berkswell than we did in our previous two games but we always knew we were in for a very tough start.

“I am not concerned with us sitting bottom of the table because one or two wins can send you flying back up the table.

“Hopefully our win on Tuesday can give us some momentum now to push forward as it is always nice feeling once you start winning games.”

Berksell reached 272-9 from their 50 overs with Chris Whittock (52), Liam Gately (47) and Mohammed Ahmed (47) starring with the bat while Sutton took 3-43 with the ball.

In reply Matt Lamb crashed 88 from 104 balls while George Hargave chipped in with 40 as Green fell just short on 250-6.

“I thought we started quite well and I was particularly impressed with how we managed to squeeze Berkswell in the middle of the game,” said Sutton.

“We probably let 20 or so runs go through because of not being in the right place when fielding so chasing 270 was a daunting task.

“However, all credit has to go to the lads for putting on a spirited display but it just was not enough.”

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