LUDLOW Cricket Club’s bowlers should not fear Wem’s destructive batting line-up, says skipper Bryn Simmons.
Simmons’ men host third-placed Wem this Saturday and he is hoping Ludlow can build on last week’s five-wicket success at Bomere Heath.
He is predicting a battle between fourth-placed Ludlow’s bowlers and Wem’s batters in the Shropshire County League Premier Division clash.
“If we can reach 200 runs in any game I know we are capable of bowling out teams because I think we have got a fantastic attack,” said Simmons.
“Wem are third in the table and a very good batting side and they will be a huge test for us.
“But Bomere had won six matches on the trot – all with 24 point hauls and they had flown up the table.
“It just shows how well we can do when everyone has got their correct head on.”
Simmons was full of praise for Sam Edwards who snapped up 4-41 as visiting Ludlow dismissed Bomere for just 139 in the 42n over.
James Gerritse took 3-35 and South African paceman Matt Kennedy, 2-10 from eight accurate overs in last weekend’s match.
Jamie Smith (35), Harry Martin (29) and Sam Edwards (17) all chipped in before Dylan Grinker (19 not out) and Kennedy (10 not out) took Ludlow home in the 34th over.
“It was a convincing win and it was a far better performance than the previous week’s defeat,” said Simmons.
“We lost five wickets but it was a flattering scorecard for Bomere.
“Sam Edwards has been playing every week but the conditions need to be right for him to bowl.
“He is an inswing bowler and it was perfect conditions for him and it worked out well.
“I did not need to bowl Matt too much. He bowled very well again but I knew how they could try to play against him.
“They tried to block him out and score runs at the other end.”
Despite not feeling at his best, Simmons took three catches and a stumping.
He added: “I think we should have a full team available this weekend – the only player I know whose missing is Ed Riley because he will be harvesting.
Meanwhile, Rob Genner (74), Danny Bradley (55 not out), and Seb Kidson (32) starred as Ludlow 3rd dominated a winning draw against visiting Harcourt in Division Four.
Ludlow 3rd piled up 263-8 before declaring in the 38th over before Kidson (3-39) and Adam Bowen (2-60) helped restrict Harcourt to 160-8.