Skipper not concerned by Finchampstead CC's startBy Adam Lee
June 13, 2012
Finchampstead skipper Matt Jones remains unconcerned by his side’s lack of potency with the ball this season, although he does admit he is a little anxious to see their dominance in games turned into victories.
Finches have yet to win this season, drawing four of their five Thames Valley League Division 1 games.
And despite being one of the most prolific teams with the bat, they have so far failed to bowl any of their opponents out.
Coincidentally, it is a far cry from last season, when Finches struggled with their run making, but not with the ball.
“It’s a bit frustrating, but it’s also good that we are proving so hard to beat,” said Jones.
“We would ideally like to be winning those games and for the sake of three or four more wickets we would have 30 more points on the board.
“We are on the top end of games, though, it's just about getting over the line at the moment.
"Last year it was the other way round – I just wish we could put the two together.
“We’re in the runs, it’s just a shame we can’t bowl a side out.
“I’m not particularly worried about it, though.
“We’ve played at Finchampstead a lot which is always dry and it's difficult to bowl teams out there.
“We’re really pushing teams hard and we look a decent force in the division – if we can turn these games into wins then we should be alright.”
Jones admitted he is delighted to see an improvement across the club this season, saying that team selection is far more difficult than last season.
The club’s senior teams are inundated with home-grown players – showing that Finchampstead's youth policy is starting to pay dividends.
And one such success story is 17-year-old batsman Dan Lincoln (pictured above).
Lincoln has been a revelation so far this summer, and his impressive displays for Finchampstead were rewarded with a call up for the Berkshire squad for their Minor Counties Championship match against Oxfordshire earlier this month.
And although Lincoln was denied a place in the team by returning Gloucestershire batsman Danny Housego, Jones believes the Finchampstead No.4 has a bright future ahead of him.
“Dan has been in good form lately and it's great for him,” he said.
“He’s got a lot of confidence in his own ability and for a 17 year old that will stand him in good stead.
“He’s definitely a Home Counties cricketer and he will continue to excel at this level.
“He probably deserved his place in the Berkshire team, but we ended up with Housego so it was no real snub for Dan.
“It was nice that we both got the call up just a shame he didn't get the opportunity. That won’t affect him though.”
Spinner JJ Dewes will be unavialable for Saturday's visit to Henley 2nd as Finches look to close the gap between themsleves and the promotion-chasing pack.