11:59AM, Friday 11 June 2021
While admitting his players may be more suited to the shorter form of the game, Slough skipper Nadeem Syed is confident they have the resources and competence to do well in the longer timed matches and reel in the teams above them in the table.
Like many sides, and as much due to weather disruption as anything else, Slough have had a mixed start to their summer and sit sixth in Home Counties Division 2.
However, they impressed with the ball and in the field during Saturday’s four-wicket win at Oxford Downs, and Dan Lincoln hit a match-defining 68 not out to carry them to a deserved
Having restricted Oxford to just 179 runs on a flat batting track, they got to their target for the loss of six wickets, one or two more than Syed would have liked, but they played professionally, kept wickets in hand, and got the job done.
“Oxford Down have a very good side and it was a balanced game,” said Syed. “It was well fought and well contested.
“The wicket was quite flat, so it was a credit to both team’s bowlers to restrict each other for such low scores.
“From our point of view, we gave up two wickets too many, but credit to Oxford's bowling attack because they bowled really well.
“It was a good game and generally I was very pleased, but we need to work on our slip catching.
“We've identified this as an area we need to work on and everyone is trying.”
On Dan Lincoln’s contribution to the team after signing in the close season, Syed added: “Dan’s been brilliant for us, a great signing.
“He’s very professional about the way he goes about his business.
“More often than not he tries to see the team home. It’s important for a top order batsmen. He’s got that knack of trying to close out a game, so he’s been brilliant for us.”
Had the side not been rained off when on the verge of victory against Chesham a few weeks ago, Slough may well have been higher in the table, but Syed is keen not to overstate their title or promotion chances.
“Some of the teams above us have played one game extra (because of the weather),” he said.
“If we’d won the Chesham game, and we were only 14 balls from doing that, it could have been a different scenario. We may well have been top.
“However, I don’t want to overstate our ability to win the league because all of the teams look fairly balanced.
“Some of the so-called stronger teams lost their game at the weekend, so it’s very difficult to say that this team or that team is going to be on top.”
He added: “The longer format will be challenging for us because as a club we feel more comfortable playing limited overs cricket where we can be more aggressive, going for the runs and the wins.
“With the longer format you must bat for longer and have a little more penetration with your bowling, rather than just containment. But I think we’ve got the resources and competence to overcome these challenges.”
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