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Walsham staying grounded despite good start

When does a good start to a season turn into a promotion challenge?

CRICKET - Brockley (Batting) v Walsham le Willows (Bowling)..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2261300)
CRICKET - Brockley (Batting) v Walsham le Willows (Bowling)..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2261300)

That was the questioned posed to Walsham-le-Willows captain Liam Bryant, who has seen his newly-promoted side soar to the top of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three standings.

Walsham have put five wins on the board, the latest being a resounding 149-run triumph over Easton on Saturday.

Bryant’s men lead second-placed Kesgrave by five points, with a further 13 separating them from Bury St Edmunds II in third.

Things look rosy in the Walsham garden at present, by the skipper has insisted nobody is getting carried away, with talk of a possible promotion push being far too early to carry any substance.

“I said before the start of the season I thought we would be a match for anyone at this level,” said Bryant.

“The lads have proven that right and they have done great.

“We have done everything well and it feels like we have grabbed every chance that has been offered.

“But we also still have some good sides to play and you cannot start even thinking about promotion and things like that until you have at least played everyone once.

“We have some real momentum right now and are on a roll, but it is still very much one game at a time.”

Tomorrow the league leaders will head to a Long Melford side currently propping up the rest of the division (1pm).

The Villagers are yet to win this term, losing three times while seeing their other three fixtures fall by the wayside because of the weather.

However, despite their lowly position, Bryant has stressed there is no chance of Walsham taking their hosts lightly.

“We will treat the game in the same way we have the others,” he added.

“We still have to do everything well – if we do not do that, we will end up getting beat.

“Melford were in Division One a couple of seasons or so ago and they still have some good players. If you give them chances they will punish you.”

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