19th Jun, 2018

Captain urges Knowle & Dorridge to keep it simple

SKIPPER Sam Reddish is hoping Knowle & Dorridge can push on in the Birmingham League Premier Division after returning to winning ways at the weekend.

Following their four-wicket reverse to Kenilworth Wardens the previous week, the reigning champions quickly put that to bed with a confidence-boosting three-wicket victory over Walsall on Saturday.

Reddish was indebted to Jack Grundy (5-58) and William Mottram (3-32) who produced devastating spells of bowling to dismiss Walsall for 143 in the 48th over.

Although K&D stuttered with the bat somewhat, youngsters Ethan Brookes (35 not out) and Will Rigg (31) fired the hosts to 144-7 in the 43rd over.

“It was a big toss for us to win,” said Reddish.

“The bowling was absolutely superb and William was unlucky not to have picked up more than three wickets. Jack was equally as superb and it was great to have the luxury of them reeling off 17 overs each.

“We had a bit of a wobble with the bat but Ethan and Will showed great maturity to get us over the line. It was nice to get back to winning ways and hopefully we can carry that forward.”

K&D make the trip to Moseley on Saturday, a side which is flying high in third place after gaining promotion from Division One last term.

New Zealand international George Worker returns to the K&D line-up while Rigg misses out.

“Moseley have plenty of momentum at the moment and with them playing at home it is going to be a tough ask for us,” said Reddish.

“But there is plenty of confidence in the squad and hopefully we can perform like we did against Walsall.

“The mentality with the win/lose/draw format is to come away with a losing draw at the absolute minimum because every point could make a difference come the business end of the season.

“The message is clear – we have got to get the simple stuff right and play intelligent cricket if we want to win.”

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