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Davies challenges in-form Droitwich to target leaders

Droitwich Editorial 11th Jul, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

CAPTAIN Martyn Davies has urged his Droitwich players to kick on in the second half of the season as they look to maintain their push for promotion.

Spa currently lie in third place in Division One of the Worcestershire County League after an impressive start to the campaign.

Davies admitted it would be difficult to catch table toppers Pershore who hold a 51 point lead over Droitwich.

But with still 11 games remaining, he believed his side had the ability to keep the pressure on the leaders.

“Considering people were writing us off at the start of the season, I am pleased to be third at the half way point,” he said.

“Pershore are running away with the league at the moment. so it is probably between us, Nomads and Hagley for second.

“But if one of those teams puts together a really good second half of the season then they might have half a chance of catching them.

“We would need a pretty big swing our way, but it is nice to be in a position where we are thinking about the top few spots rather than looking over our shoulders.

“We just need to keep applying ourselves and put some good scores on the board when we bat first to give ourselves the best chance of winning.”

Davies said the way his side performed last weekend demonstrated how far they had come this year as they recovered from a slow start to hammer Colwall by eight wickets.

“It was a manic start to the day as we lost David Lane because of food poisoning,” he said.

“We lost the toss and Colwall were 41-1, but Mark Swanick turned the game on its head. He took 4-30 off ten overs, took three wickets in five balls and that really set the game up for us.”

Lane is set to return along with Adam Crowle for Droitwich’s trip to Belbroughton which Davies expects to be a tight encounter.

“They are similar to us in terms of how they are made up,” he said.

“We have had good games against Belbroughton over the last couple of years, but neither side seems to win easily, so it should be another good game.”

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