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Sutton calls on Barnt Green to push on after Dorridge victory

Craig Gibbons 28th Jun, 2018

BARNT Green skipper Andrew Sutton is hoping his side’s victory over Dorridge at the weekend can inspire them to move out of the Birmingham League Premier Division drop zone.

Sutton won the toss and chose the safe option to bowl which proved to be an inspired decision as young spinners Neylan Chauhan (4-54) and Darrel Williams (4-44) helped hustle Dorridge out for just 155.

Although Sutton (0) departed early doors, Green steadily accrued the runs with a magnificent display from George Hargrave (65 not out) pushing the visitors to 157-4 in the 37th over.

With a home clash against seventh-placed Walsall on Saturday followed by a trip to ninth-placed Kenilworth Wardens the following weekend, Sutton stressed the importance of picking up points from sides in-and-around Green.

The aim being to build some confidence going into the run of games against high-fliers West Bromwich Dartmouth, Knowle & Dorridge, Berkswell and Shrewsbury.

“Dorridge is always a bit of a banana skin for us but it was a fantastic result and the 20 points were massive for us,” said Sutton.

“Our two spinners bowled superbly but we also fielded brilliantly and took our catches when we needed to.

“Although I was out early on, it was great to see others step up to the plate including George who batted beautifully to set us up nicely to get the victory.

“We know the situation we are in and it’s important we come away with 16, 20 or 24 points from our games with Walsall and Kenilworth as you can soon shoot up the table.

“That is the freaky nature of this league as a couple of wins or couple of losses can see you rise or drop very quickly.”

Sutton is expected to have Warwickshire professionals Matt Lamb and Ed Pollock available for the Walsall encounter.

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