Barrett hopes change in format will play into Datchet's hands

Bobby Sher

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Despite having not yet produced what he'd call a complete performance, Datchet skipper Joe Barrett is confident his side will adapt well to the change to the longer format over the coming weeks and believes they can reel in the Home Counties Division 1 pacesetters.

Barrett’s side are third in the table, 27 points adrift of leaders Henley, having picked up their second win of the season with a 55-run victory over Aston Rowant on Saturday.

It was a good performance, and Barrett felt Datchet were in control for most of the game, however, he admitted afterwards they hadn’t ‘quite put it all together’ in the league yet.

Batting first they racked up 305 runs for the loss of eight wickets from their 50 overs, with Joe Thomas (81) and Steven Naylor (95) cutting loose in the middle order. The likes of Bobby Sher (43 from 20 balls) and Rahul Wijeratne (20 from only eight balls) also had some fun at the crease as Datchet laid down a daunting total.

“We’ve not quite put it together yet,” said Barrett. “We’ve had good bits and bad bits, but that was our most complete game of cricket so far. It was pleasing. There are still areas we can improve, we still dropped a couple of catches, but with lads out injured the last few weeks, it was good to put in that kind of performance.

“We were in control for the majority of the game. From a batting perspective, we were patient and kept wickets in hand. Joe Thomas, Naylor, Rahul and Bobby just went mental. It didn’t look like we’d get much more than 220 or 250 at one point so to get 300 was a bonus. With the ball, realistically, we were always in control. There wasn’t a time when I felt they were getting away from us or on top.”

Henley and High Wycombe, who’ve both beaten Datchet this season, are setting the pace at the top, but Barrett is confident they’ll slip up in time, and, if they do, he hopes Datchet will be in a position to swoop in and take advantage. They visit bottom club Thame Town on Saturday.

“Look, they’re a win ahead of us in terms of where they’re at,” he said. “But the likelihood is that both of those sides will lose a couple of games. We’ve just got to win the games we’ve got in front of us and if we find ourselves going into the last few games with a chance, then happy days.

“I don’t think there are any easy games in this league. We’re moving into the red ball format which is quite different as well. But I think this plays into our hands. We’ve got a couple of really good spinners in the side, and they’ll be able to bowl more than 10 overs, which is a bonus. Our batsmen are also well suited to the longer format.

“We’ve also had a tough start in terms of the teams we’ve played. I believe we can now string a good number of wins together to get back in that leading pack. It’s a slightly different game but, if anything, it will play into our hands a bit more.”

Despite having not yet produced what he'd call a complete performance, Datchet skipper Joe Barrett is confident his side will adapt well to the change to the longer format over the coming weeks and believes they can reel in the Home Counties Division 1 pacesetters.

Barrett’s side are third in the table, 27 points adrift of leaders Henley, having picked up their second win of the season with a 55-run victory over Aston Rowant on Saturday.

It was a good performance, and Barrett felt Datchet were in control for most of the game, however, he admitted afterwards they hadn’t ‘quite put it all together’ in the league yet.

Batting first they racked up 305 runs for the loss of eight wickets from their 50 overs, with Joe Thomas (81) and Steven Naylor (95) cutting loose in the middle order. The likes of Bobby Sher (43 from 20 balls) and Rahul Wijeratne (20 from only eight balls) also had some fun at the crease as Datchet laid down a daunting total.

“We’ve not quite put it together yet,” said Barrett. “We’ve had good bits and bad bits, but that was our most complete game of cricket so far. It was pleasing. There are still areas we can improve, we dropped a couple of catches, but with lads out injured the last few weeks, it was good to put in that kind of performance.

“We were in control for the majority of the game. From a batting perspective, we were patient and kept wickets in hand. Then Joe Thomas, Naylor, Rahul and Bobby just went mental.

“It didn’t look like we’d get much more than 220 or 250 at one point so to get 300 was a bonus. With the ball, realistically, we were always in control. There wasn’t a time when I felt they were getting away from us.

Henley and High Wycombe, who’ve both beaten Datchet this season, are setting the pace at the top, but Barrett is confident they’ll slip up in time, and, if they do, he hopes Datchet will be in a position to swoop in and take advantage. They visit bottom club Thame Town on Saturday.

“The likelihood is that both of those sides will lose a couple of games,” he said. “We’ve just got to win the games we’ve got in front of us and if we find ourselves going into the last few games with a chance, then happy days.

“We’re moving into the red ball format which is quite different as well. “But I think this plays into our hands.”

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