12:30PM, Friday 16 July 2021
Tom Mellor believes Boyne Hill’s position in the table is not a true reflection of their ability, and insists the side are good enough to start climbing the ranks again with their remaining eight games of the season.
On Saturday, Hill were dismissed for an unsatisfactory 82 runs by Stoke Green to leave them in the bottom three of Thames Valley League Division 1, with table-toppers Gerrards Cross the next opponents for Mellor’s men.
James Hammerton endured a tough afternoon at the crease with the batsman - who has been one of Hill’s standout performers in recent weeks - unable to get a run to his name.
Captain Mellor also struggled to deal with Green’s bowlers as he too was removed without scoring later down the batting order.
“We’re eighth, but I believe we’re not doing ourselves justice, especially given the players we’ve got on paper,” said the Hill captain.
“The game [against Stoke Green] was frustrating. James Hammerton – who has batted really well over the last two weeks – was out in the first ball. It was rolling and he couldn’t do anything about it.
“Then we got a very questionable lbw decision. Losing some of our best batsmen wasn’t ideal, but their spinners bowled well and gave us a tough afternoon.”
Mellor added: “We are playing Gerrards Cross next, but I think that will be a good challenge.
“Everyone in this league can beat anyone on a good day.
“There is certainly no feeling of worry or Boyne Hill being scared to face the league leaders.
“We’ve had good games with them before. We’ve beaten them, they’ve beaten us.
“It’s one we are looking forward to.”
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