We’re lacking 20 per cent in our games laments Walters
MAGHULL lost their second game in succession last weekend as Spring View recorded a sizeable 119-run victory at Old Hall Field.
Paul Walters won the toss for the hosts and elected to field, but View’s Lewis Matthews and David Gornall’s put on a century partnership for the first wicket.
From there, it was all uphill for Maghull. The visitors declared on 254-8 and only Jonathan Ring (44) and Anthony Molloy (30) posted respectable scores in response.
Walters’ men were eventually skittled for 135, and he’s urged his players to start winning games when they’re not at their best.
“Obviously with hindsight you’d have chosen to bat,” he responded when asked about his decision to bowl first. “It’s just down to a bad day really. Everything that could have went wrong did go wrong.
“When they put 108 on for the first wicket they have all the momentum and that set the tone for the whole day. We tried to claw it back but the damage was done early on.
“When we got in for our innings the pitch was still fine. We just batted terribly.
“We were in the game for a while and then once we lost one wicket we lost three or four in the space of a few overs. The game was done then.
“It was a big score to chase and they applied good scoreboard pressure.
“They mixed things up a bit and we were never going to play for the draw, so it’s just the way things work out.
“I think last Saturday was the first week we batted and bowled poorly. We’ve played 80% of all our games well - it’s the 20% that’s letting us down.
“It will click eventually and we’ll get it all right.
“Until then we just need to make sure we’re winning games when we’re not at our best.”
Maghull have the chance to respond twice this week. They take on Burscough this evening in the Liverpool Echo Knockout Cup before hosting runaway league leaders Caldy on Saturday. The visitors have won all six of their league games this season, boasting a perfect record.
“Apart from Caldy who’ve won every game it’s a quite congested league table because everyone is beating each other,” Walters said. His side are currently seventh but just 33 points from second.
“It’s a long season and I’d never be too worried or obsessed with the league table until the last quarter of the campaign.”