WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Bassett skipper not happy despite comfortable win

Darren Beasant

Darren Beasant

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DESPITE overseeing an eight-wicket victory in his side’s weekend outing, Wootton Bassett captain Darren Beasant was not a happy man at the close of play.

Beasant was left frustrated by a fielding performance including a handful of dropped catches which he felt was among Bassett’s worst of the campaign.

Having allowed Beanacre & Melksham to reach 205-6 from their 45 overs, as Mark Wiltshire hit an unbeaten 94, the hosts eased to victory with eight wickets still intact thanks to Sam Lawro’s stylish century and heavy hitting up front by Jack Dymoke.

However, regardless of how well his batsmen performed, Beasant was at pains to point out that his players must not let complacency seep into their game as they try to chase down table-topping Malmesbury, who currently lie 10 points ahead of Bassett.

“We were probably pleased and frustrated in equal measure. We weren’t at our best in the field and we haven’t given away 200-plus runs all year. I think we probably dropped four or five runs and gave away 30-odd runs in the field,” Beasant told the Advertiser.

“While we were extremely pleased with a win and 23 points, we’re probably a bit frustrated after Saturday. We batted terrifically and we probably should have done it for nought or one.

“Jack got himself out and I managed to get myself out but batting-wise I can’t fault it too much. There was another magnificent hundred from Sam and Jack was out of this world for 50-odd quickly at the top.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do this week and every week if we want to keep winning. If you drop five catches and give them a 30-run start in the field, whoever it is, you’re going to struggle to win most weeks.

“We were probably lucky we managed to catch Beanacre not at their best and we still managed to get over the line. If we bowl and field like we did on Saturday I think sooner or later we can expect to see our run of wins come to an end.

“I’m not sure what it is that’s caused it. Sometimes you can get a bit complacent, the guys’ attendance on Tuesday nights hasn’t been great for a couple of weeks.

“We’ve won a few games and all of a sudden maybe we feel we don’t need to train any more.

“Whatever it is we need to make sure we get to the bottom of it this week, our performances have to be a damn sight better than that.”

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