Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson is confident that his team can bounce back from their top of the table loss to Trowbridge last weekend when they travel to Winsley this Saturday.
Dickinson says the spirit and confidence in the Marlborough camp is good. “The Trowbridge result was disappointing especially at home but once we had discussed the game between us and what we thought had gone wrong we all realised that it was nothing serious and that with some hard work and determination we can get our title campaign back on track this Saturday.”
Dickinson also went on to say. “We have a full strength side for the trip to Winsley with selection this week being very difficult as nearly everyone in the first team squad was available for selection and we have had to make some very difficult decisions. I think the strength of our 2’s this week says a lot about the depth and quality we have at the club.”
Marlborough make only one change to last week’s team with the return of glove and batsman George Penfold to the team. Penfold is a key member of the team in the field says Dickinson and one that also adds to the batting depth. “George has notched his first league century this year at Purton and can bat anywhere in our top order. His contribution on the field behind the stumps is also first rate both in ability and vocal support to the rest of the team. It is a real bonus to have him back in the team this week.”
There is no return however for seam bowler Dave West and Dickinson says this has been the most difficult decision he has had to make since taking on the captaincy. “Dave has been bowling very well and is in the division’s top 25 wicket takers for the season but unfortunately was unavailable last Saturday.
His replacement Paul Smith was our best bowler against Trowbridge and has been knocking on the door from the 2’s all season and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity he was given. Whilst it was a very hard decision to make it is the sort of dilemma most Captains want to have as it again shows the quality we have available.”
Dickinson will also be looking for his current good form to continue with the bat which has seen him score over 350 runs so far this season and lead the divisions run scoring table at an average of just below 60.