Stone optimism after mixed bag
BURSCOUGH CC had a busy week as they played three matches in just four days but they were only able to come away with one victory.
Thursday’s win against Rainhill in the T20 cup competition gave Jon Stone and his team confidence for the weekend.
However, a disappointing league defeat against Birkenhead Park followed on Saturday and Burscough weren’t able to finish the week on a high when they suffered another loss against Sefton Park on Sunday.
Stone was particularly pleased with the batting performance from his side on Thursday but he admitted it was disappointing they weren’t able to capitalise on the weekend.
He also felt Burscough were let down by a few poor umpiring decisions in Sunday’s defeat and Stone believes his side deserved to pick up the victory.
“On Thursday we put in a great team performance and everyone worked together to get the win against Rainhill,” said Stone.
“We batted really well to post a very competitive score so that gave us a bit of a head start and then we bowled and fielded extremely well in return.
“It was frustrating that we couldn’t carry the form on from Thursday into Saturday’s game against Birkenhead Park.
“We struggled from the off and we only managed to put a below-par score on the board in the first innings
“Then they batted well in reply and we just couldn’t find the solutions with our bowling which meant they were able to get an easy win.
“We were totally outplayed on Saturday but Sunday was also disappointing because there were a few very bad umpiring decisions that didn’t go our way.
“I think if these had been in our favour then we would have gone on to win the game.
“We didn’t deserve to lose, that’s for sure.”
On Saturday, Burscough take on Sefton Park again and Stone insists there were plenty of positives to take from last weekend into their next clash.
He knows it will be a tough game as they will have a few players returning to the starting XI but Burscough are hoping to name an equally strong side despite a few injury concerns. We played some good cricket at times over the weekend and that was good to see so there’s definitely some positives we can take into this weekend’s game against Sefton Park,” said Stone.
“However, there were also still a few things that we need to work on in order to get what we want from the season.
“Saturday’s game against Sefton Park should be a good one as we will have four or five players back into the team that didn’t play on Sunday.
“I am also aware that they will have a few players back into the squad who didn’t play on Sunday either.
“We have a few light injuries which I’m hoping will be all cleared up by Saturday so fingers crossed for a victory this time around.”