We’re focussed on Ramsey challenge says Walden skipper

PUBLISHED: 07:09 03 June 2016

Joe Barrs. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Joe Barrs. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Joe Barrs is hoping Saffron Walden can put a mixed Bank Holiday weekend double-header behind them and hammer a dent into Ramsey’s Tucker Gardner Division One title aspirations this Saturday.

Walden, currently fourth, beat Eaton Socon by five wickets at Anglo American Playing Fields last Saturday but came unstuck just two days later on the road at Ketton, comprehensively beaten by eight wickets.

Bank Holiday Monday’s performance against one of the league’s lower-half sides left Barrs scratching his head but he is positive for the weekend’s trip to league leaders Ramsey.

Captain Barrs told the Reporter: “We were under-strength on Monday and our batting let us down badly.

“We were playing on a really small ground where the par score was late 200s, around 270 or 280, and we were a long away short of that [Walden made 178 all out] so we’re trying to lear a lot from the losses as well as the wins.

“If we can take the positives from Ketton and put that into the Ramsey game I think we’ve got enough to trouble them.

“It’s all about the mindset we take into that game and how we perform on the day.

“We will have to work hard to even compete with them.

“They’re notoriously a very strong team in this league and we’re underdogs but we know we’ve got what it takes to win.”

Despite two defeats in their last three league games, the skipper still believes Walden, who were relegated last season, are on course to achieve their early-season goals.

He continued: “We’re disappointed our consistency slightly diminished in those defeats to Ketton and Wisbech but we set ourselves a target of eight wins in the first half of the year, which is 11 games, and we’ve got five already so we’re happy with that.

“That’s a better goal to aim for rather than saying we want to win the league or hoping to finish top four so we want to measure our success more realistically.

“We have some players gradually coming back for us as the season progresses so we’re continuing to get stronger.”

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