Hatherley draft in an extra batsman in bid for consolation prize
HATHERLEY and Reddings are determined to claim two wins from the last two games of the season, starting with Bourton Vale this weekend.
Lying in third spot in the Gloucestershire Division league table, skipper Andre Soma said finishing third would be a consolation prize to the side after a poor first half to the season.
But Soma knows that like his side, seventh-placed Bourton Vale have improved in the second half of the season.
He said: "We are a better side than we have shown this season, it has been disappointing.
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"Bourton Vale are a good side, who have certainly started playing better now.
"But we are just looking forward to the last two games and want to enjoy them and play good cricket, and finish off the season with two wins."
Hatherley were edged out by 44 runs at the hands of Apperley last weekend, who face Tewkesbury tomorrow in a top-of-the-table clash.
While Soma was not playing last week, he puts this result down to poor application with the bat.
Chasing 216, Hatherley could only amass 172 in reply and the captain has drafted in an extra batsman to take on Bourton Vale in a bid to get more runs on the scoreboard.
He said: "We threw the game away last week, by all accounts.
"We bowled well – Max Kelly and Mumtaz Habib were fantastic – but we couldn't knock the runs off.
"So we are making a few changes. I come back in, Will Clark comes back in and unfortunately Dan Midwinter, who has been fantastic for us, will drop back to the seconds.
"We need that extra batsman. We are fielding a stronger side this weekend and focusing on getting more runs."
Bourton Vale captain Tom Arkell is hoping his side can secure league security this weekend when they visit high-flying Hatherley.
Arkell was frustrated with the weather last weekend after the match against Cinderford was abandoned half way through the game: "It was unfortunate, we declared after only 38 overs on 271 to give ourselves a chance at playing out the game. However, the rain came after tea and didn't stop."
Bourton feel they are a match for Hatherley despite the large gap between the two sides who are at opposite ends of the table.
The confident skipper continued: "They're a decent side, but they are definitely beatable and we have exchanged victories over the past couple of seasons.
"At the start of our season we struggled to score runs, but we now have more batting depth and the quality of the wickets has improved over the summer."
Vale will play without middle-order batsman Nick Anderson who has recently returned to Dubai.
This Saturday's crucial game will most likely decide Bourton's fate and with the threat of relegation looming Arkell's men will have to put in a solid performance against a top side.