Stone op­ti­mism af­ter mixed bag

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

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.”

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