We’re not much of a catch so far

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

BURSCOUGH CC couldn’t quite find enough to beat Or­rell Red Tri­an­gle in their league clash on Satur­day and have now suf­fered three suc­ces­sive de­feats.

It was a tough game for both teams as they had to con­tend with poor weather con­di­tions and fre­quent stop­pages but in the end Or­rell Red Tri­an­gle came out on top.

Cap­tain Jon Stone be­lieves it was his side’s in­abil­ity to take key catches which ul­ti­mately proved costly as some of Or­rell’s star bats­men were able to build high scores fol­low­ing early scares in the field.

It has been a prob­lem which has oc­curred reg­u­larly for sev­eral weeks now and Stone ad­mit­ted the squad had to take spe­cial mea­sures in train­ing this week in an at­tempt to re-tune their fo­cus for a trio of on­com­ing matches.

“It was a rain-af­fected game and we were on and off all day. We man­aged to get to 189 on a wicket which was hard to bat on so we were pleased with that,” said Stone.

“I got 70 odd and a few oth­ers got some fairly de­cent scores too so we looked quite com­fort­able. We de­clared on what we felt was a good score.

“How­ever, it was then the same old Burscough - we just dropped loads of catches.

We thought we gave our­selves a good op­por­tu­nity to win the game but the guy who got 90 runs for them, we had dropped plenty of times.

“It is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing when that hap­pens be­cause we know we’re ca­pa­ble of catch­ing them out. We’ve just not been able to do it!

“We spent an hour and a half in train­ing last night just do­ing catches. We didn’t do any bat­ting or bowl­ing and we sim­ply fo­cused it all on just our field­ing. That’s all we can do.

“I think the lads are feel­ing pres­sure in the field at the mo­ment be­cause a lot have been dropped and it’s start­ing to get in our heads. If we land a few catches in the next few games then we should be okay.

“It’s just about break­ing out of that bad patch now.”

Burscough have got one of their busiest weeks of the sea­son as they have a triple-header, in­clud­ing an­other cru­cial league match against Birken­head Park on Satur­day.

They have to take on Rain­hill in the T20 cup com­pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day evening first and then they are in­volved in more cup ac­tion on Sun­day against Sefton Park.

Stone is con­fi­dent his side can re­turn to win­ning ways as he has strong squads avail­able for all three fix­tures. Burscough also have a for­mer over­seas player re­turn­ing and Stone hopes he will bring some­thing ex­tra to the side for Thurs­day’s cup match.

“We’ve got a lad com­ing back into the squad for Thurs­day who used to be our over­seas player. Hope­fully he can give us a boost and that will add more strength,” said Stone.

“It’s prob­a­bly the best side we could have out so we’re con­fi­dent we can do well and hope­fully if we get through to the next round we’ll be full of con­fi­dence for Satur­day’s game against Birken­head.

“They [Birken­head] are near the bot­tom of the league so we’re con­fi­dent we can do well if we per­form to the level we know we can do.

“We just need to keep our catches in be­cause we know that ev­ery­body is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing down a catch. We do it in the warm-ups and in train­ing all the time so we just need to do in the game sit­u­a­tions.

“We’ve got a strong side for all three games so we’ve got a good chance this week and hope­fully we can put some points to­gether on the board and do well.

“It will be a busy week but it shouldn’t af­fect how we play and if we can get on a bit of a roll this week it can give us a big boost.”

Joe Houghton (271) of Liver­pool Pem­broke Sefton. See in­side for the lat­est from the club

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