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Witham face "massive" game in bid for top flight survival
Witham Cricket Club captain Kaan Hawes knows his team’s game against Elmstead Grasshoppers could go a long way to securing their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship top flight status.
With three games left to go and Witham and Elmstead battling to beat the drop, both sides will be only too aware of the importance of this encounter at the Park.
Witham are fourth-from-bottom and 27 points ahead of tomorrow’s opponents, who are currently in the drop zone.
Hawes admits it is a “massive” fixture for his team, but has been encouraged by recent performances and is backing them to continue that form in their crunch game.
He said: “It’s a massive game, really important, but the boys have picked up some good form in the last two weeks.
“We were impressive in beating Haverhill two weeks ago and were then lucky as the weather stopped us against Mistley last weekend.
“We were flying and had them at 73 for eight when the rain came down, but we got some good points from it and it has given us a lot of confidence to take into these next few games.
“We aren’t thinking about losing.
“I think we are a better team than Elmstead, but we have to perform on the day to prove that.
“We will be missing Jake Wakelin, but Jack Sambrook – our other spinner – has been bowling really well and Ben McKendry has come into the first team and bowled brilliantly in the last two weeks.
“If we produce in the way we have been, then I can see no reason why we can’t win.”
Jamie Rogers is also likely to be unavailable for Witham.
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