BARNT Green skipper Andrew Sutton has demanded his side to remain grounded for their clash against West Bromwich Dartmouth despite claiming their first Birmingham League Premier Division win since mid-May at the weekend.
The Cherry Hill Road side picked up a vital 24 points in their bid to move away from the drop zone after claiming a confidence-boosting 185-run victory over Dorridge.
Tom Brown (90) and Ed Pollock (82) led the charge with the bat as Green reached an imposing 334-7 before Sutton and Joshua Poysden claimed four wickets apiece to bowl out the Solihull side for 149.
But with another home clash against 2014 champions West Bromwich on Saturday, Sutton is all too aware of the threat the visitors will pose with the likes of Staffordshire’s Kadeer Ali and Liam Banks among their ranks.
“We have to make sure we have to bottle up our feelings from Saturday,” he said.
“Winning is better than losing as we have found out over the last few weeks but we can’t take the win for granted.
“Hopefully being at our place we will have another good wicket but West Bromwich will certainly be more of a test for us in terms of their bowling and batting attack.
“What we have to make sure we do is that when we are in a good position we take our chances.”
Green’s five-game winless run was brought to an end on Saturday with an innings dominated by the top three of Jamie Harrison (67), Brown and Pollock.
Middle order batsmen Jacques Banton (22) and Sutton (29) also kept the runs ticking over as the hosts posted the highest score of the day across the entire league.
Although Shahzad Ali hit 57, Dorridge had no answer to Sutton (4-33) and Warwickshire’s Poysden (4-56) as the visitors were all out after 31 overs.
“It was a very good win for us and it was one of those performances where everything clicked,” Sutton said.
“I lost the toss again and we got inserted into bat but we took full advantage of the conditions as the ball did not swing as much as I thought it would.
“To score above 300 was very pleasing but to then bowl a side out on a very good wicket was a fantastic effort.
“I said to the lads afterwards that we have not bowled a side out at our place for three or four years, especially in the win/lose/draw format.
“When a side is five or six wickets down they start blocking the ball and become frustrating so overall it was a good performance.”
Green are without Ben Ladd-Gibbon this weekend but Sutton is boosted by the return of Tom Banton.