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Double aim for improving Barnt Green
4:08pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Local
BARNT Green captain Andy Sutton wants his side to complete an improving season on a high in league and cup.
The Cherry Hill Road outfit will be aiming to make it three wins in a row in the Birmingham League Premier when they take on Walmley, who survived relegated last weekend, away on Saturday (noon start).
A victory could see Green finish third in the table, if Knowle, Himley and Walsall slip-up, which would be remarkable as they had been battling for survival up until a few weeks ago.
They follow that up on Sunday when they take on Shrewsbury in Shropshire in the final of the Graham Williamson Trophy after beating Wolverhampton, Wellington and Walmley in the previous rounds.
Sutton said: “We’ve got six months off so I want the team to put everything into these last two matches and see what happens.
“We’ve been improving as the season had went on and it would be great to end with a top four finish and some silverware.”
Green continued to impress as they saw off Himley in the battle of the in-form sides at the weekend.
Tom Burton (46), Sam Hain (33) and Jack Williams (40) scored the runs on a difficult wicket for batting as they made 188 all out.
Alastair Pollock (4-16), Richard Wilkinson (3-31) and Stephen Bevan (3-20) took the wickets as Barnt Green’s opponents were dismissed for 120.
“It wasn’t an easy wicket and I thought 200 would be a par score,” commented Sutton.
“We fell a little bit short of that but in the bowlers did really well and it was a well-deserved win in the end.”
Green face a Walmley side who escaped the fall into Division One in spectacular fashion at the weekend.
They had looked in trouble against fellow strugglers Wolverhampton, who needed one run for victory and had five wickets in hand, only for the Black Country outfit to collapse inexplicably to 235 all out.
“It will be interesting to see how Walmley react, they will either play well because of the pressure is off or be exhausted because of their efforts to escape,” added the captain.
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