Seaton skipper wants better availability from his squad
PUBLISHED: 09:37 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 07 July 2015
Seaton skipper Ben Morgan was in despair as his side lost a fourth successive Tolchards Devon league game, going down by 44 runs at Clyst Hydon.
Morgan was very clear as to what has gone wrong for his miss-firing outfit. He said: “It’s very much down to availability and being able, or as is the case with us, being unable to field a settled eleven each week. In the opening five games that we did so well in we used just 14 players and yet, in this recent losing sequence we have used no fewer than 22!”
Saturday’s visit to Clyst Hydon offered a chance for Seaton to press push towards the top three, but it all went wrong despite some excellent passages of play in Mid Devon for Morgan’s men.
The home side batted first and made a confident start before Seaton’s middle order bowlers Mike Wheeler and Joe Berry got their side right back into the game. However, over 100 runs were scored during the final 10 overs to leave the home side closing on 264-6. Skipepr Morgan and Wheeler each bagged a brace of wickets.
Seaton made a flying start to the run chase with Steven Pritchard and Robbie Prior putting on 106 for the opening wicket. However, the ace for the Mid Devon side was their Sri Lankan paceman and his nine overs yielded just 19 runs and he picked up four wickets.
After the fall of a couple of wickets Wheeler proved just as effective with the bat as he had been earlier with the ball, but Seaton were always behind the cock and their final wicket fell on 220.
Morgan said: “We really do need to get our act together to save our season from petering out. I so much want this club to get further up the league, but to do that we are going to need to somehow get better availability. I know, as a recent new dad, just how hard it is to juggle things to include cricket, but if we are serious about our intent to get further up the cricketing pyramid then we do need to be all of the same view. We have a terrific team here and, when we have everyone available I really do believe there’s no other team ion the section to touch us. Getting that regular top eleven out though is proving a hard thing to do! All is not yet lost, we are fourth, 41 points short of a promotion berth, but equally only 31 points above a drop spot! So there’s work to be done and matches to be won.”
On Saturday Seaton take on Shaldon and Morgan says: “They (Shaldon) sit below us and if are to get our season back on track we simply have to win this one.”