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Finish on a high urges boss Ian
1:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Local
TEAM manager Ian Kimberlin has called on Kidderminster Victoria’s desperately out of form batsmen to end the season with some much needed runs.
Saturday’s 45-run defeat at Brockhampton means the Chester Road side have won just one game in 11 matches in the Birmingham and District League.
KVCC’s big problem has been an alarming drop in form by their batsmen.
Against Brockhampton their top order slumped to 55-5, before tail-enders Chris Whelan and Gareth Williams gave their total some respectability with a stand of 62.
“The fielding and bowling were very good on Saturday and we needed 227 to win but our batting was a total mess,” said Kimberlin.
“On paper we’ve got a very good top-six, we’ve got three county players in Matt Pardoe, Ben Cox and Neil Pinner, one of the league’s best in Craig Wood and gifted academy players.
“Looking at them you would think they’re up with the best in the league. I know they’ve not all played every game but it’s not been good enough.
“It’s not a matter of poor attitude but we’ll have to look at it in the winter see how we can improve things.”
KVCC will be hoping to end a season which has fizzled out disappointingly at home to relegated Wolverhampton on Saturday (noon start).
The Black Country side suffered an alarming collapse against Walmley, losing five wickets in their one run loss.
Cox and Pardoe look set to miss out on Saturday as Worcestershire tackle Hampshire at New Road in the LV County Championship. Richard and Tom Kimberlin are set to come into the team.
“I think Wolverhampton may be a bit shell-shocked by what happened and it would be great to end the season with a win,” added the team manager.
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