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Stumbling Hales look to shake things up
7:30pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in Cricket
WES Griffiths admits it is time to ring the changes as Halesowen bid to save their season.
The Seth Somers Park outfit were one of the few teams in the region to get a game last Saturday but soon wished they hadn’t, as they were bowled out for 64 to lose by seven wickets at home to Eastnor.
Skipper Griffiths accepts some of the players are struggling perform and is threatening to shake things up for this Saturday’s home game with Cannock.
He said: “We can be as confident as we want to be but the fact is we are not playing well.
“I don’t feel it has been a true reflection of the team to this point of the season.
“We have backed our batting line-up but it has not worked. Guys who were getting runs last season have struggled this time around.
“I think it’s time we do make some changes and give some other guys a crack.”
Halesowen’s woes are epitomised by the form of overseas star Asif Khan, who scored almost 1,000 runs in 17 games last season but has yet to reach 200 this term.
With the season only at the halfway point Hales are still very much still in the hunt in Birmingham League Division Two — where the just 58 points separate the top 11 teams.
Griffiths says this is the strangest season he has ever known.
He added: “The one positive is I don’t think we could have been much worse than we have been as a team this season.
“I still don’t feel like we have really been at the races.
“If we were to win three in a row it will put us right back in the hunt.
“On the other hand if other teams around us start to pick up wins we could find ourselves fighting for our lives.”
Old Hill will be looking to climb out of the Division One drop zone when they host Shifnal on Saturday.
Last weekend’s game with Whitchurch was abandoned without a ball being bowled.