16th Sep, 2019

Sutton confident Barnt Green can avoid the drop

Craig Gibbons 26th Jul, 2018

SKIPPER Andrew Sutton says he is 100 per cent confident Barnt Green have what it takes to haul themselves out the Birmingham League Premier Division drop zone.

The Cherry Hill Road side currently sit second-from-bottom after 13 games, 13 points behind third-from-bottom Walsall with nine games remaining.

It has been a tough campaign for the Green who have lacked regular consistency with bat and ball, according to Sutton.

With a home game against title-chasing Shrewsbury on Saturday followed by a clash with league leaders Berkswell the following weekend (August 4), Sutton knows every point claimed will be vital.

“I am 100 per cent sure we have the ability to dig ourselves out the hole we are in because at times this season we have shown we can grind out good results,” he said.

“It’s not the fact we are not good enough because we have some brilliant cricketers here, it is just the fact we are lacking consistency and that is something we need to work on.

“There’s no doubting we are a young side which is learning all the time but if players have aspirations of staying at this level or playing higher they need to be more consistent.

“If we play at our potential we can beat anyone in this division.

“It’s not great that we are second-from-bottom but we have got to find a way to stay in this league and if we finish third-from-bottom that has to be considered successful because of where we are in the group.”

Green were comfortably beaten by six wickets by reigning league champions Knowle & Dorridge last Saturday.

Warwickshire’s Ed Pollock (45) got the Green into a good position but once he departed it was a procession back to the pavilion as the visitors were all out for 154.

Zain Ul-Hassan showed some late spirit with 32 runs off 75 balls.

New Zealand international George Worker (6-29) and Jack Grundy (4-49) did the damage with the ball.

Worker then crashed 60 off 49 balls to provide the platform for K&D to ease to 155-4 in reply.

“It was a good toss to win and Ed put us in a good position but we lost a cluster of wickets which put us behind,” said Sutton.

“When you get bowled out for 150 it’s going to take a blinding effort from your bowlers to win the game.

“Not batting out your overs is criminal in this division.”

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