Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club face table-topping Luctonians Second in GB Liners Marches League Three (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club face table-topping Luctonians Second in GB Liners Marches League Three
Moccas 65 all-out
STALWART Dave Pullen admits Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club ‘are torn’ over the prospect of promotion in the GB Liners Marches League.
The in-form villagers face their biggest game of the season this Saturday - hosting table-topping Luctonians 2nd in their penultimate fixture.
Knighton are joint-second with Kington 2nd in their maiden season in Division Three after switching from the Worcestershire County League pyramid.
“We are torn at the moment because the top two teams will probably get promoted,” said Dave, who scores the book.
“Some people at the club want to go up to Division Two because it would be a better standard.
“But other people are saying that we have got a young team and it would be better to stay where we are for the time being. Winning breeds winning - and everyone is enjoying their cricket.
“We don’t want to go up to a higher league and struggle.
“The split at the moment is 50/50.
We know that Luctonians are top of the league and will get promoted if they beat us on Saturday.”
Knighton hammered lowly Moccas by seven wickets last Saturday in their latest outing.
Dave Pullen’s son, Dan Pullen, who is skipper, was in top form for Knighton, snapping up 5-24 as they skittled out the hosts for just 65 in 25.3 overs.
Mark Evans bagged 4-20 as Moccas struggled. Mark Evans (24) and Matt James (23) swept Knighton to the target.
“Moccas are a really good bunch of lads and they are in a relegation position,” said Dave Pullen.
“We really want Moccas to stay up. We thought it was going to rain so when we out to bat we attacked and got the runs in 12 overs.”
The two teams then organised a 20 overs-per-side friendly, with Moccas overhauling Knighton’s 152-9 by one wicket off the last ball.
Dave Pullen is expecting Knighton to field a decent side for this weekend’s top-of-the-table battle.
“We should be able to put out a reasonable team against Luctonians,”
“We finish the season against bottom-of-the-table Lads Club - so we have got two huge games remaining.”