Marlborough will be looking to build and extend on their lead at the top of the WEPL Wiltshire division this weekend when they travel to their local rivals Great Bedwyn.
Marlborough coaches Brad Frost and Tony Dickinson are well pleased with their sides start to the season which has seen them recover from an opening day defeat at Westbury to put together a four game winning run that has taken them to the top of the table.
Dickinson says it’s been a team effort so far this season.
“The team spirit in the camp is very high and it is being built on with every game now as the confidence and belief within the squad grows. The team ethos has been a priority for me this year and I have tried to get the boys to play with purpose and focus but at the same time in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. I think we have achieved this and this I have no doubt has been reflected in the results.”
Brad Frost also says that the team performances this season has been the foundation on which Marlborough have built on and has been a major contribution to their winning start to the season. Frost points to the team batting as an example.
“Arran (Dickinson) has led the batting unit this year but it has been backed up by all of the top six at some point this season. Arran has had two great knocks this year as has Tom Palmer.
George Penfold has posted a century and Will Thomas added a half century last Saturday as well. The unit has batted well together and they have now put together nine fifty plus partnerships which with the exception of the Devizes game has seen the side post 250 plus on the score board in each of the other games.”
Dickinson says the same can be said of the bowling unit which has seen the Marlborough side dismiss their last four opponents all out for less than a 100. “George (Fox) has led the line but again all members of the bowling attack have contributed at some point this season. Last week against Calne it was Ben (Head) who in the last couple of games prior to last week had hardly bowled this season but when called upon he responds with a 5 for. With all five of our main bowling line up in the top 25 wicket takers in the division we have a bowling attack that can compete with the best.”
Frost also believes that players in the side such as James Richardson and Peter Day with the bat and Dave West and Will Langton with the ball have all contributed well in support to the team performances this season and are all more than capable to stepping up to the mark when required and this he feels demonstrates the current depth of the Marlborough squad.
“We have some exciting young talents in our team and with both Dave and James (West and Richardson) for example being under 20 and with a number of young guys knocking on the door such as Paul Smith and Kevin Ridley from the 2’s we have a bright future ahead of us.”
Marlborough name a strong side for this week’s derby game at Great Bedwyn with the return of George Fox and Tom Jacques to the team following their absence last week.