Barking captain Afzal says winning is what matters

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 June 2018

Ehsan Afzal of Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ehsan Afzal of Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Barking captain Ehsan Afzal says winning is all they are thinking about ahead of their Essex County League Premier Division clash with Bow Green this weekend, writs Jacob Ranson.

The defending champions will travel away to Bow Green on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 110-run defeat to Roding Valley last weekend.

The skipper has insisted they cannot afford to lose a second match in a row as they look to defend their title.

“Win is the first thing on our mind,” Afzal said.

“It’s very important to make sure we get that winning feeling back this week.”

Afzal is under no illusions of the threat Bow Green pose and believes his side must show up and perform this time around.

“Bow Green has a very experienced team so we’ll have to make sure all our players perform to the best of their ability,” he added.

“We must enjoy it and give 100 per cent.”

Afzal admitted last weekend’s performance wasn’t good enough from his side and they will use it as a wake-up call for the rest of the campaign.

“It was not the result we wanted but it shows that you can’t be complacent with anyone or any team,” he said.

“We were not at our best and it may have been a good time to get a wake-up call.

“We have enough time to recover from this defeat before our next game.”

Barking lost the toss and were sent out to field first but struggled to restrict Roding Valley’s batsmen as they reached 280-9 in 45 overs.

Afzal (3-44) proved the strongest with the ball while the rest of the Barking attack chipped in with odd wickets.

In reply, the hosts failed to make their mark and were dismissed for 170, with no batsmen reaching 30 or more.

The captain admitted the only positive to come from the match was the faces of his side after falling to defeat.

“It was good to see how all players looked as they want to bounce back after that loss,” he said, before also revealing he left his post-match chat short for his side as he hopes they feed off the remark.

“We didn’t play to our potential,” he concluded.

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