Newmarket Cricket Club looking to respond from back-to-back defeats
Having suffered successive defeats, captain Mark Nunn is hoping his Newmarket side have what proves to be the perfect fixture in which to bounce back this weekend.
The recently-reformed side hit the Cambs & Hunts Whitings & Partners Division Two summit in late May following a 40-run home victory at the expense of Kimbolton.
However, a loss to Castor & Ailsworth on June 5 was swiftly followed last weekend by a 48-run reverse at the hands of Old Leysians.
It has seen Nunn’s side drop down to third. But they can get back on track on Saturday when they welcome second-placed Saffron Walden II to the Severals Sports Pavilion (1pm).
“If you look at the league table we are not that far away from the top,” said Nunn.
“Hopefully Saturday proves to be the perfect game because you can get a massive confidence boost from beating the top sides in the league.
“From what I’ve seen of the league so far I don’t think anybody is going to run away with it.
“It looks like four or five teams are going to be in with a shot (of winning the league).
“We’re a brand new team and so to expect us to go the whole season unbeaten – even after a really good start – would have been pretty ridiculous.
“I’ve said to the lads we just need to bounce back and stay in amongst those teams at the top.
“There’s still a long way to go so there is nothing to worry about.”
Nunn is particularly keen to see some improvement in their batting department.
Against Castor & Ailsworth, Newmarket were bowled out for 135, while they managed to score 172 in pursuit of 221 at the weekend.
“The truth is we’ve not batted very well recently,” added the skipper. “Last Saturday we lost wickets at really crucial points in the match.
“We were 90-2 for and going well. At one point we needed 100 runs from 30 overs which should be easy, but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s just a case of batting time, seeing things out and then making sure we put away all of the bad balls that come our way.
“We’ve not been outplayed yet and if we can put this right I’m sure we’ll start winning again.”