Whitchurch skipper Alex Huxley wants batting stars to step up to plate after second loss

Published date: 12 July 2017 |
Published by: Sports Reporter
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WHITCHURCH skipper Alex Huxley has called on his top-order batsmen to step up to the plate as his team enter the second half of the season with a healthy lead at the top of the Shropshire League Premier Division.

The Heath Road men suffered only their second defeat of the season at St Georges on Saturday – but with second-placed Ludlow also losing, Whitchurch still hold a 26-point advantage.

Huxley elected to bat on Saturday, but Whitchurch found themselves 70-6 and 86-7 as many of the side’s main batsmen failed – not for the first time in recent weeks.

Only Huxley himself (28) of the top seven in the order passed 20, and it was left to a fine unbeaten 69 by number eight Will Doerr to take Whitchurch to a respectable total of 199.

“The top order have got to value their wickets more,” said Huxley. “Several times recently we’ve had to rely on the tail-enders for a decent score, and the people at the top of the innings have got to contribute on a more regular basis.

“Having said that, we thought 199 was a decent score on a slow wicket on Saturday.

“An injury to Sam Ellis didn’t help, and they managed to put together some good partnerships.”

Overseas player Marshall Bunting led the way for the Dragons, who reached their target at 200-8 in the 45th over despite three-wicket hauls for Kris Ali and Doerr, who capped a fine all-round performance by taking 3-21.

Whitchurch will now be looking to bounce back when they take on Frankton at Heath Road on Saturday.

“We had a high-scoring winning draw against them in the first match of the season, but this week’s game is in the win/lose format,” said Huxley.

“They’ve been playing quite well lately, so we’ll be on our guard.”

Huxley’s brother Sam, who was called in to work at the last minute when hoping to make his debut at St Georges, is again in line for a call-up, while star all-rounder Ijaz Yousuf definitely returns to the side.

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