Post-match beer will taste better after win – Jennings
WE WILL only like being beside the seaside if we can grab a vital victory – the song may not scan very well but the message is relevant for Gloucester City Winget tomorrow.
The men from the Spa make their long-awaited trip to Minehead with Premier Two victory and a night on the tiles the priorities – but only in that order.
A narrow win against Warminster last week saw Matt Jennings' side keep their heads above water in the Premier Two table and the skipper knows that a similar performance is needed from their trip to the Somerset seaside.
"We all know that the post-match beer always tastes nicer after a victory, so that's the most important thing to get out of tomorrow's game," Jennings said.
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"We are having a night out together as a group afterwards and we would love to have the win on the board before we do that.
"Last week's win only just kept our heads above water because Cheltenham, who were below us, won big and went above us, so we know we need to keep winning."
Jennings hopes to be able to call upon Gloucestershire pro Graeme McCarter tomorrow after the Ireland Under-19 seamer made his debut in the Warminster win.
McCarter's availability brought the best out of new ball partner Tom Morris, who took season's best figures of two for 31 from his ten overs and Jennings wants a repeat.
"Having Graeme available gave us a bit of a boost at the top of the order as we've only really got Tom Morris with that bit of pace to worry batsmen," Jennings said.
"Graeme came in and threw himself into the action and bowled well at the top of the order and Tom probably got the rewards because of that.
"It meant that we were able to put the pressure on straight away and that's made for our style of cricket because we have strong bowling options in the middle of the innings."
Jennings also reserved special praise for batsman Will Steadman's patient and unbeaten, match-winning knock of 24 as GCW claimed their three-wicket win.
The former Gloucester City footballer has endured a tough few years with near chronic injury problems and Jennings has noticed a new side to his character this term.
"Will is just appreciating being on a sport field again after a pretty tough couple of years and he's playing a lot better as a result," Jennings said.
"He came in as I was walking off after getting out and I said to him, 'Can you go out and win the game for us please?', he responded with a grin and said, 'No trouble, skip', and to be fair got the job done."
Jennings is keen to have McCarter involved again tomorrow, but his availability will depend largely on his workload in Gloucestershire's Second XI Twenty20 finals tilt today.