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Droitwich skipper delighted with surprise winning start

Droitwich Editorial 30th May, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

CAPTAIN Martyn Davies believes his in-form Droitwich side are starting to prove doubters wrong after making a flying start to the season.

Spa’s 50-run victory over Burghill & Tillington last Saturday saw them move 11 points clear at the top of the Worcestershire County League Division One.

The previous two seasons had seen Droitwich fight for survival and Davies said that had led some sides to write them off.

However, having notched up 103 points in five games, Spa’s skipper believed this had only served as motivation for him and his players.

“If you look at the table in the last couple of years, we have finished just outside the relegation zone,” he said.

“Last year we were particularly poor, so I think people within the league thought we were favourites to go down.

“We never really thought like that and it has actually helped motivated us.

“We always look on the positive side that none of us had played to our potential, so we knew we could have a really good crack at the league this year.

“I know it is early door, but I think we are starting to prove a few people wrong.”

Davies, who recorded bowling figures of 6-53 last weekend, said he was particularly pleased with the way his side saw off the challenge of Burghill & Tillington.

“It is always nice to lead from the front – something which I have tried to do this season,” he said.

“But to be fair to the lads they have been setting the standards as well.

“We were probably 50 to 60 per cent short of where we wanted to be last Saturday, but again it showed the quality within the side that we managed to bowl them out quite cheaply without two of our main bowlers.”

Droitwich will be boosted by the return of Jake Young and Mark Swanick for tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash against Bewdley, but Davies insisted his side needed to be on their guard against their newly-promoted opponents.

“It is not like it is the first time they have played at this level, so anyone who writes Bewdley off before they start will be making a mistake because we know the quality that they have got in their side,” Davies added.

“Equally, they probably know the quality that we have got in our side, so hopeful we can continue our form.”

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