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Himley ready for big fortnight
11:30am Thursday 26th July 2012 in Cricket
STUART Wedge says Himley’s batsmen will be looking to set the record straight at Berkswell this Saturday.
The game is a showdown between the teams joint second in the Birmingham League Premier Division and begins a big two weeks for Himley, who host leaders Walsall seven days later.
Wedge admits his side will be looking to put in a far better performance than they did earlier in the season, when Berkswell skittled them out for 60 to record a crushing 85-run win.
The skipper said: “They have a good bowling attack which proved too much for us first time around.
“I think a few of our guys will be out to make sure they do a bit better.
“We have a lot of experienced batsmen and they won’t want to come unstuck in the same fashion again.
“They are a strong side who are right up there. From our point of view we will be looking to get as many points as possible.”
Himley returned to action after two washout weekends with a resounding seven-wicket success over bottom side Wellington last Saturday.
After winning the toss, Wedge put the visitors in and it paid early dividends when Nick Harrison had David Lloyd caught behind for just one.
Aside from Matthew Tilt (24) and Joe Clarke (22), Wellington offered little resistance as Himley’s relentless bowling attack enjoyed another fruitful day.
Ashfak Hussain finished with figures of 4-25 while Harrison and Wedge picked up two wickets each.
Himley’s reply had to recover from the first ball dismissal of Chris Tranter but fellow opener Greg Wright played a steady 34, with overseas star Rajat Bhatia cracking an unbeaten 46 as the hosts got home in 25.5 overs with seven wickets to spare.
Wedge says the players are looking forward to the next two games.
He said: “It should be an interesting couple of weeks. These type of games are the reason you play cricket for.
“We have the chance to put ourselves in a strong position going forward. We are playing them both fairly early in the second half of the season so if things don’t go our way, there will still be time to make up ground.”