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Walsham-le-Willows captain not thinking about Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three promotion




Walsham-le-Willows may be just 12 points off the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three’s promotion places, but captain Liam Bryant is not getting too far ahead of himself.

Instead the skipper has encouraged his fourth-placed side to continue playing the type of cricket that has got them into this position – and the results will continue to follow.

“I am quite pleased with how the season has gone so far,” said Bryant. “There have been a couple of tight games that have not gone our way. One was at Copdock where the wheels came off our batting a little bit, but we gave them some of our overs and they needed all of them to get the win.

Long Melford v Walsham Le Willows - Liam Bryant bats for Walsham Le Willows.Pic - Richard Marsham.. (13573660)
Long Melford v Walsham Le Willows - Liam Bryant bats for Walsham Le Willows.Pic - Richard Marsham.. (13573660)

“And then we had to play a game on a bank holiday Monday when it rained, so we missed out there.

“At the same time the other week we chased down 250 which at this level of cricket does not happen too often.

“We are in a good position, but I am not looking at things like promotion too much.

“It is a cliché, but it is very much about one game and one win at a time. I just want us to keep playing good cricket.

“If that is enough to finish in the top two then that would be fantastic but it is not something we are looking too much at.”

One player that has been key to the positive campaign so far is all-rounder Ben de Carvalho.

Ben De Carvalho bowling for Walsham-le-Willows in their match against Felixstowe..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (13573469)
Ben De Carvalho bowling for Walsham-le-Willows in their match against Felixstowe..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (13573469)

The Aussie has scored 333 runs at an average of 66.60 from his nine appearances, as well as taking nine wickets.

Bryant added: “Ben is a very good cricketer, the type we have not had since we came into the Two Counties.

“Bowling-wise he has been too good because people are not getting the nicks and so he does not have the wickets he deserves. And with the bat he has been taking teams apart.”

Walsham – rained off against Long Melford on Saturday – host Haverhill II tomorrow (1pm).



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