Woolpit skipper still confident after winless start

UPBEAT: Woolpit skipper Mike Jones believes he can deliver their first win tomorrow
UPBEAT: Woolpit skipper Mike Jones believes he can deliver their first win tomorrow

Mike Jones admits it has been a steep learning curve for his Woolpit side as they continue to seek their first win in the East Anglian Premier League.

But the Woolpit skipper is confident their first 25-plus-point haul is just around the corner, after some promising signs.

The Rectory Lane outfit are currently second-bottom of the table after their opening six matches, having drawn four and lost two.

Following a four-wicket defeat at Saffron Walden last time out, they host Cambridgeshire side Burwell, two places and eight points above them tomorrow (11am), with Jones only having one outcome on his mind.

“Saturday is a very important game as they are just ahead of us,” he said. “By all accounts those teams in and around us are the ones we need to be beating.

“It has been a steep learning curve — we have had two losses, which is going to happen this year.

“Against Horsford and Great Witchingham we competed really well and if we had got a bit of luck we may have had that first win.

“It is a hard league to take that final step, as we saw with the last wicket against Great Witchingham.”

But the Woolpit overseas captain is confident his players have enough quality to remain in the league after promotion as Two Counties Division One champions.

But after slow starts in their innings in previous matches, with the Suffolk side floundering at 27-3 on Saturday, Jones is looking for his side to show more of an all-round game with bat and ball.

“We have had one or two disciplines right, but at this level you have to do everything right,” he said. “The slow starts with the bat have been the most disappointing thing.”

He added: “The guys are doing everything right and it is just a matter of time, hopefully.”

n Also in the EAPL, Bury host Clacton-on-Sea at the Victory Ground tomorrow (11am).