07:00PM, Friday 08 June 2018
Slough skipper Bobby Sher didn’t want to use it as an excuse, but, after Saturday’s 58-run defeat to Aston Rowant, he said that playing through Ramadan was difficult.
A large number of the Slough squad are fasting for the Muslim month of Ramadan and the effects of not eating and drinking throughout the day, and in the five days prior to weekend clashes, is having a toll on the players.
Slough made a decent start to Saturday’s match, and, in the skipper’s eyes, should have had Rowant four or five men down in the first 10 overs. But it was a day when catches didn’t quite go to hands.
Rowant went on to post 225-6 from their 50 overs, and, although the indefatigable Fahim Qureshi made 71, Slough were bowled out for 167 in the 48th over. The result leaves them sixth in the early season standings.
“Things just didn’t go our way on Saturday,” said Sher. “Nothing went to hand, the ball dropped in front of the slips, or just went over them. We had a couple of lbw shouts that didn’t go our way, but we still should have chased that score down.
“In the eighth or ninth over we lost three wickets in 10 balls, and the game was virtually done there and then. We need a bit more from our middle order. We don’t have anyone in the middle scoring runs for us and it’s something we’ll have to work on in the coming weeks.”
Sher will look at the table once Slough have reached the midway mark in the season, but, after a mixed start to the summer, he says it’s difficult to predict where the club will finish.
“It’s so tight in the table at the moment,” he said.
“It’s hard to say how we’ll get on. I think we’ll be OK, but it will be tough to push for the top four when you look at the strength of some of the teams. But we’ll be pushing for a top five finish.
“There are definitely positives. Saturday was one of those days when nothing went right for us.
“It’s not easy when you’re fasting. I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but it’s not just the fasting on that day because you come into the game off the back of five days of fasting.
“Take Fahim (Qureshi, who scored 71). The game starts at 11.30am, you’ve got to get to the ground earlier for practice and warm-up.
“You’re then out in the field for 50 overs and then people expect you to go out and score 100 runs.
“It’s difficult. You could see that he was tiring on 50/60 runs. It was a great effort by him.
“But it is what it is. We’ll try to work a little harder and aim to raise our game by 10/15 per cent.”
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