League position baffles skipper Owens

League position baffles skipper Owens

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Neil Thompson bowling for Malvern. 1433_14015 (9385735)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Tim Boulter is caught out. 1433_14014 (9385731)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Ben Owens batting 1433_14010 (9385697)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Tim Boulter is caught out. 1433_14013 (9385721)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Tim Boulter is caught out. 1433_14012 (9385713)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Neil Thompson bowling for Malvern. 1433_14011 (9385703)

Wormelow Cricket Club v Malvern CC. Tim Boulter batting 1433_14009 (9385688)

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WORMELOW captain Ben Owens cannot quite believe the clubs league position and believes some of their performances warrant a higher league place.

The Worcestershire League Division Two side are currently fifth in the table after thrashing relegation threatened Malvern this weekend.

Owens said: “I am bemused and some other people are as well as to where we are in the league.

“A player from Lye said we should be up the top of the table but the issue is it’s a week in week out performance.”

Despite being closer to the top than the bottom after this win Owens is still adamant that this season is about consolidation rather than promotion.

He said: “This season has become about consolidating – unfortunately, but you’ve got to be realistic about these things.

“I think it’s a season of mixed performances - some good stuff, some bad stuff and we’ve beaten some good teams and lost to some of the teams down the bottom of the table."

He also said there have been quite a lot of positives to come out and they have put in some very good performances here and there.

This is Wormelow’s fourth season in Division Two and Owens believes that, being a year older, the current crop can improve again next season.

He said: “People are starting to really stand up now and if we can have a good run to the back end of the season we will have had a good year.

“Some of the younger lads have really started to show their worth like Elliott Williams, we just need to keep pushing these guys on.”

Williams has scored 522 runs for the club this season and has taken 23 wickets and Owens believes there is a good group of players like Williams at the club.

He said: “If we can get a couple players into the club it would be fantastic, socially we’ve got a good network now – we’re all friends here."

Wormelow will be without the services of overseas star Jamie Banfield when he returns to Australia and Owens said they are looking at options regarding a replacement.

Owens said: “One option is to get another overseas player and we will be discussing that, but Jamie’s been a class above for us.”

Owens himself scored a half century in Wormelow’s win at the weekend but he isn’t convinced that has batted him into form.

He said: “My own form is not very good at the moment - I’ve been struggling for a bit of form.

“I’ve just got to battle hard and get in.”

This is Owens' second season as captain as he said he would like to continue.

He said: “I’d like to carry on as captain if the committee will let me.

“Club captaincy is very difficult, some weeks we have too many players for selection and other weeks we’re struggling to get three full teams.

“I think we’ve got a core here, we could have a good team for five or six years and these could be the golden years for the club.”

Wormelow's next fixture is at home to Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social this Saturday before a trip to Rushwick two days later.

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