SKIPPER Andrew Sutton hopes Barnt Green’s first Birmingham League Premier Division victory of the season at the weekend can inspire his team to push forward.
However, he stressed the Cherry Hill Road side must be more ruthless with the bat if they wish to succeed.
Green finally won a league game at the seventh attempt after easing to a 129-run victory over bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton last Saturday.
After being shot out for 192 in the 54th over, the Black Country visitors were sent packing for just 63 in their reply.
And now Sutton wants the confidence built from that game to carry forward into Saturday’s tricky home clash against promoted side Smethwick who sit fifth in the table.
“Every win in this division important but the victory over Wolverhampton was massive for us,” he said.
“Hopefully we can carry some of that confidence forward now but Smethwick are a very good side with experienced cricketers so we are in for another tough test.
“They are in the top five so are full of spirit right now but what is important is we are aware of the conditions and adapt to them accordingly.
“We all have to take responsibility with the bat and ball to try and be that guy who can win or keep us in games.”
Sutton led by example against Wolverhampton, hitting a steady 71 off 141 balls and was ably supported by George Hargrave (58).
When both departed Green were at 152-3 and were looking likely to break into the 200s.
However, the remaining seven wickets fell for just 40 runs.
Despite the late collapse, it was once again Sutton (3-18) doing the damage, this time with the ball as he and Adam Hines (4-11) helped skittle Wolverhampton out for a paltry 63.
“We played some really good cricket and all it needed was a kick up the backside to do that,” said Sutton.
“We got off to a great start and provided a great platform to get a really good score but we failed to add the extra 30 or so runs which was disappointing.
“And that has been the story for most of the season but we can’t really have any excuses as the wickets we have played on have been good and the weather has not been too bad.
“Hopefully we can take some momentum forward but we just need to show a little more ruthlessness with the bat to give our middle and lower order a platform to build from.”