FOLLOWING a difficult start to the 2016 campaign, Brighouse captain Sunny Matharu is convinced that his team is now on the right track.
After seven defeats on the spin, the team has recovered with two victories and Matharu believes that this is largely down to the fact that they now – finally – have a settled team.
“We’ve had three games with the same team every week – it’s made a big difference,” said Matharu.
The team’s inconsistency was , Matharu believes, largely down to a couple of injuries to key players, with the skipper himself breaking his hand just a week before the new season was due to begin.
This was then compounded by a shoulder injury sustained by one of his opening bowlers.
But, with both men now back in the side, results and performances have begun to pick up.
The upheaval caused by the loss of five or six players from last year’’ also contributed to the early-season woes, according to the right-handed batsman.
However, some of the new additions are repaying the faith placed in them by chairman David Young, with leg-spinner Danyaal Ahmed and the more experienced Zafar Jadoon, returning from Windhill, both praised for their contributions.
Ahmed in particular was singled out for praise by Matharu.
“I think he has already taken 17 or 18 wickets, and he’s only 16-years-old, so that’s promising,” he added.
Hopefully, both players can take their rich vein of form into the match with Wrenthorpe at the weekend.
Matharu acknowledges that it will be a tough ask against the side currently sitting in second place in the Bradford League Championship B table, but he emphasised the need for his team to simply concentrate on doing the “basics” well if they are to continue to build on their recent upturn in results and grind out anotherpositive outcome.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the skipper said his aim was simply to guide his team to the highest position possible and that the team were looking to build on last season’s strong finish.
Now they have a stable side in place, it is reasonable to assume that the team can push on from their current position of 11th – starting with this weekend’s stern test.