Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sidecar Racing Athletics - By Alex Hoad

James Tred­well ad­mit­ted his side are em­bar­rassed about their dis­mal los­ing streak and in­sisted ev­ery­one is hurt­ing.

Kent have won just one of their last 11 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions and five of 21 do­mes­tic fix­tures in to­tal.

Mon­day’s 62-run de­feat against Es­sex at Chelms­ford was Kent’s fifth in as many Friends Life t20 games and the Eng­land spin­ner said the lat­est loss “felt like we’ve been trod­den into the dirt.”

He said: “I’d hope ev­ery­one’s hurt­ing, es­pe­cially when you get to this sce­nario and you’ve lost a few on the bounce. You get to the stage where it’s slightly em­bar­rass­ing, 62-runs is quite a big mar­gin in t20 cricket and it’s not nice to come off the ground and feel like you’ve been trod­den into the dirt.”

Tred­well re­vealed he and coach Jimmy Adams had tried get­ting tough with the play­ers, as well as adopt­ing a softer ap­proach on oc­ca­sions.

He said: “We’ve tried both but the team has just not per­formed. We can tell peo­ple off or give con­so­la­tion where nec­es­sary. We’ve worked hard, we’ve just not done it and what­ever the rea­son is, we need to search for that and pretty quickly.

“We’ve strug­gled. We’d need some pretty big slip-ups from other teams to get back in it. It’ll be dif­fi­cult to qual­ify now.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of weeks to re­group. We still want to win games in this tour­na­ment and learn from the games we play go­ing for­ward.

“There will be sore heads but we want to turn it around when we come back to this com­pe­ti­tion and learn from what we’ve done badly.” He added: “Ev­ery­one’s dis­ap­pointed. We’ve not done well in the t20 com­pe­ti­tion and we un­der­stand that but we’re go­ing to a dif­fer­ent for­mat (with the start of the cham­pi­onship game at Glouces­ter­shire yes­ter­day). We’ll try and pick up.”

Kent Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Jamie Clif­ford ad­mit­ted that re­sults had been dis­ap­point­ing but he said the club re­main pos­i­tive for the sec­ond half of the sum­mer.

Mr Clif­ford (pic­tured) said: “It’s easy to get into doom and gloom but the club is cer­tainly not in that place. We re­main pos­i­tive and fo­cused.

“We’re not go­ing to lie down and ac­cept things. The whole group is work­ing hard. The play­ers and the coach­ing staff re­tain our full sup­port. You go through tough times in any sport and we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing one. We don’t need cri­sis meet­ings or big sum­mits. The coach and cap­tain are work­ing hard. We want to win ev­ery game but we have be­lief in them. They are look­ing to find so­lu­tions.

“We em­power them to make the de­ci­sions and do not want to un­der­mine their ef­forts.

“We want to give them space to make their de­ci­sions but not to iso­late them com­pletely. We’re al­ways here as a sound­ing board.”

Coach Jimmy Adams de­fended Kent’s se­lec­tion pol­icy af­ter Mark Davies and Mitch Clay­don were left out in favour of Calum Haggett and Char­lie Shreck for the Glouces­ter­shire game which be­gan yes­ter­day.

Adams said: “We have picked the at­tack that we think will give us the best chance of win­ning the game. Some play­ers have not been cho­sen but we would never close the door on any player. It’s good to have op­tions.”

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