Goatacre under 'no pressure' claims Wilkins
GOATACRE might be entering crunch time in the WEPL Premier Two campaign, but batsman Ed Wilkins says his side are ‘playing without pressure’.
After a disappointing start to the season the Goats have been in superb form of late, so much so that they could force their way into one of two available promotion spots.
Brad Dawson’s men are currently fourth in the standings and this weekend’s game at Cheltenham will play a significant role in where they end up.
Despite the high-stakes scenario, Wilkins says that he and his teammates remain unaffected and are purely focused on keeping their form going.
“I think we are quite hopeful (of promotion) but we aren’t really talking about it,” he said.
“We’ve had a good run of five wins on the trot which after the start we had has exceeded all expectations.
“After Ed Kilbee left, the rest of us had to start giving a bit more and we’ve been scoring a few more runs lately.
“Jack Haines has been getting us off to a good start and there’s four or five of us who have proved we can perform to a high level, so we’ve proved that we can’t be rolled over.
“We’re playing without any pressure now and I don’t see any reason why we can’t win the last three games. All we can do is keep playing like we have been.”
Seamer Giorgio Rigali is feeling confident of success at Cheltenham tomorrow despite the Gloucestershire side’s recent habit of heavy scoring with the bat.
“Based on current form we’re going in thinking we’ve got a good chance of winning,” said Rigali.
“Judging by previous scores they have scored a lot of runs recently, but we back our bowlers to take wickets.
“If we can keep them below 200, then we can run them down.”
Former skipper Craig Gibbens acknowledges that momentum is key and is wary that Goatacre cannot take any opposition lightly.
“We’re on a bit of a roll. If we can keep playing as we have been for the last few weeks then we have a chance,” said Gibbens.
“Everybody seems to be beating everybody and the teams we’ve got to play are scrapping to stay up.”
There is just one change to the Goatacre line-up this weekend with right-arm seamer Connor Rafferty coming in for Joe Tillyer.
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