Best is yet to come says skipper Stebbings

Best is yet to come says skipper Stebbings

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Ben Stebbings batting (7384892)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Chris Burrows batting (7384888)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Chris Burrows batting (7384884)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Adam Hewlett batting (7384886)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Adam Hewlett marks a half century (7384882)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Ben Stebbings batting (7384890)

Brockhampton Cricket Club v Kidderminster Victoria CC. Adam Hewlett marks a half century (7384880)

First published in Sport

BROCKHAMPTON Captain Ben Stebbings believes the best is yet to come from Herefordshire’s highest ranked side.

They were third in Birmingham League Premier Division going into last weekend’s game against Kidderminster Victoria and Stebbings believes despite their lofty position so far, they can get better.

He said: “We have to be happy with where we are, we’re third in the table currently and haven’t played our best cricket.

“We haven’t been able to get our first team out there yet.”

He also said this weekend’s match was the first time this season that they have had a fully fit and available squad to pick from after Will Barrett recovered from injury.

Despite finishing second to Shrewsbury last season, Stebbings remains cautious about their chances.

He said: “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves - you want to win the league if you can.

“If we get to the August bank holiday in the top four, we can go from there.”

He also said despite this it is difficult to field a 20/20 side in the Birmingham League on Sundays.

He said: “Given the location we have players are willing to travel on a Saturday but not so much on a Sunday.”

This is their third season in the Birmingham League Premier Division having finished seventh in 2012 before their second place finish last season.

Stebbings said: “It’s quite difficult where we are, we have recruited well.

“It’s good for Herefordshire cricket.”

Club captain Chris Boroughs said: “It is a result of a lot of hard work over a number of years.

“Not just about the 11 players, but about those behind the scenes and the support they put in.

He also said it’s not just about the cricket but about the people, whether they are playing or just watching.

He also said it would be a “massive ask” to repeat or improve on last year’s success.

He said: “We had a disappointing couple of losses, obviously to replicate last season would be amazing really.

“We have started really well where we are, we’ve just got to keep it going but if you can get on a bit of a run, who knows what can happen.

“Shrewsbury won it by a long way last year, but we were neck and neck with them at the end of the 55 over stuff”.

He also said that if they can keep everybody fit they can be there or thereabouts this season.

Brockhampton went into last weekend’s game on the back of a draw against league leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Boroughs said: “We were slightly disappointed, we started slowly with bat and ball, and that cost us.

“The rain break came at the wrong time for us unfortunately.”

On a personal note, Boroughs was Birmingham League player of the year last year and he believes he still has some work to do to reach those heights this season.

He said: “I’m playing alright, I’m scoring as many runs or taking as many wickets as I would like, I hope to kick on and get somewhere near what I got last year.”

The former Herefordshire captain also said he would not be playing for the county this season, deciding instead to devote himself to Brockhampton.

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