BARNT Green skipper Andrew Sutton has labelled this weekend’s Birmingham League Premier Division clash against relegation battlers Wolverhampton as a ‘must-win’.
The Cherry Hill Road side make the trip to the Black Country on Saturday knowing victory would further boost their hopes of avoiding the drop.
And a positive result against second-from-bottom Wolverhampton can then act as a springboard for Bank Holiday Monday’s home clash against Kenilworth Wardens who are by no means out of the relegation scrap just yet.
Green head into the Bank Holiday fixtures on the back of last Saturday’s vital 27-run victory over Ombersley.
“It’s very tight at the bottom and there are four or five teams fighting to stay up,” said Sutton.
“With Wolverhampton winning at the weekend and with Walsall and Dorridge losing, it has opened the battle to stay up even more.
“And it now makes our game against Wolverhampton on Saturday a must-win.
“We’ve not had the winning feeling for a while now so hopefully we can take confidence from the victory over Ombersley into our next two games.
“If we can get some positive results this weekend hopefully it will give us some breathing space but it’s important we take each game as it comes.”
After losing their first wicket to the second ball of the innings on Saturday, Barnt Green were launched on their way to a total of 299-7 by Warwickshire’s T20 specialist Ed Pollock who blitzed a boundary-laden 91 from 47 balls.
Some 86 of his runs came in boundaries (eight fours and nine sixes) but it was far from a one-man show with Zain ul-Hassan hitting 68, Jacques Banton scoring 42 and Sutton unbeaten on 41.
Ombersley made a good fist of their reply, finishing on 272 all out with 100 from Josh Dell, 47 from Nick Hammond and 40 from Liam Gwynne.
Sutton (3-35), ul-Hassan (3-48) and Daniel Meredith (3-55) ensured Green earned the victory.
“Not only was it a pleasing result but it was great to see some fine individual performances,” said Sutton.
“Ed got us off to a flying start with Zain and Jacques chipping in with some big scores alongside myself to push us to a very competitive score.”