We are not losing heart – Tame
STUART Tame will be looking to get the measure of his team when Tewkesbury host Gloucestershire Division leaders Hatherley and Reddings.
Tewkesbury are two places off the bottom with Tame left to rue some bad luck in close games, including last week's four-wicket defeat to Dumbleton.
Tame said: "It was disappointing last week, but it was a close game and it could have fallen either way.
"I think they were about five overs ahead of us in the run chase."
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Tame said he feels his team should have won more games than the one victory so far in the division.
"But we are not losing heart and a bit of luck could make a lot of difference," he said.
Tomorrow's opponents are well known to Tame's men – although there have been a number of new faces added to Hatherley and Reddings' ranks. Tame said: "We are looking forward to the challenge, testing ourselves against the best in the league will show us what we are capable of."
Warren Deeming is not available tomorrow, but John Allcoat is available.
Hatherley and Reddings' skipper Sam Coote said he had a lot of respect for Tewkesbury, and said they should be higher up the league.
Coote is looking back on another win in the division after a five-wicket victory over Woodmancote last week – but he is not getting carried away.
He said: "I was very happy with the win, it was a credit to the groundsmen that it took place as it had been so wet during the week.
"Our bowlers were fantastic, and Lee Ali played brilliantly in his ten overs and I was really pleased for him.
"He has played well all season, but it was good to see him get a couple of wickets.
"Paul Gorick and Ross Burbidge also bowled well."
Hatherley restricted Woodmancote to 99 all out on a day that was not easy for batsmen.
Anticipating a close game tomorrow, Coote said: "Tewkesbury have some great players and haven't started as well as they would have expected.
"So I think the pressure is more on them to get a result than it is on us.
"They are led by a good young captain in Stuart, so it will be a tough game between two good sides."
â County cricket legend Jack Russell will play for a Gloucestershire XI at Hatherley and Reddings' Family Day on Sunday, June 24.
The County side will take on Hatherley and Reddings in a Twenty20 game at 2.30pm.
The Family Day will begin at 11.30am and will feature coaching, a burger bar, an open bar and a bouncy castle.
For more details, contact the club on 01242 862608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.