Finchampstead CC will stick to their young gunsBy Adam Lee
July 18, 2012
Finchampstead captain Matt Jones insists the club will not veer from their policy of blooding youngsters.
Finches find themselves precariously poised in Thames Valley Division 1, without a victory all season having failed to bowl any of their opponents out.
They lie seventh in the table, just five points clear of Basingstoke & North Hants, who currently occupy the second relegation spot.
And although the relegation issues will be thrown into some doubt due to Basingstoke’s impending departure from the league, Finches are desperate to pull clear of that particular battle.
And there is little doubt that they have the talent to do so.
It is highly likely that they have the most potent top order batting line up in the entire league, but an inability to bowl teams out has left them out of the title picture.
But Jones is adamant that the tide will soon turn in their favour, and hopes it will begin this Saturday with the visit of basement side Marlow.
“We haven’t even thought about relegation and I know we are going to pull through at some point,” said Jones, who is PE teacher at the Forest.
“It might well have happened a couple of weeks ago if the weather hadn't set in, and we could have found ourselves with 40 or 50 more points.
“But we are still very positive and we know we have got good players – it is just that there is a difference between having potential and realising that potential.
“With the transitional phase the club is going through right now you’re going to have some problems along the way.
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"We have a very, very young side and it makes things difficult sometimes, but even some of our more experienced players have struggled this year.
"It's a culmination of factors, but we are still putting our trust in the young players and we will stick by our guns."
Finches will be without Chris Ellison, Matt Harper and Sam Taylor for Saturday's visit of Marlow.
And they are to replaced by yet more of Finches' young talent, but Jones has faith that they will still be strong enough to secure victory.
"We need to find some form and it seems like so long ago since we last got out thee and played," he said.
"We're back at Finchampstead this week and that is notoriously a good pitch so hopefully the result will come.
"We missed a trick against Marlow earlier this season. We had them at nine down after scoring a lot of runs then we missed a few opportunities and dropped a few catches.
"This is a must-win game for us now, but it's not all doom and gloom.
"We need to go out there and prove we are good enough.
"The pitch will be bowling friendly – it's going to have been covered up for a while and it will offer a lot for the bowlers.
"Because Marlow are struggling this season, people will see them as a weaker side, but we still have to put runs on the board and take 10 wickets if we are to win – the job remains the same."