Exmouth skipper - No further margin for error if seasons target to be reached
PUBLISHED: 10:36 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH skipper Richard Baggs was very candid in his assessment of the side's performances this season after last Saturday's defeat at home to Cornwood, writes Steve Birley.
EXMOUTH skipper Richard Baggs was very candid in his assessment of the side's performances this season after last Saturday's defeat at home to Cornwood, writes Steve Birley.Speaking after the dust had settled on a disappointing defeat, the Exmouth skipper lamented: "That really was a disappointing outcome on Saturday. The first part of the game went reasonably well for, let's face it, to bundle a side out at this level for 156 is a job well done. However, beneath the surface of that score was the fact that, at times, our bowling was well below the standard I would expect. We sent down far too many wide's and we do need to work on basic bowling discipline."What Baggs was really disappointed with was the number of extras that his side conceded. He said: "At the end of the day we should have been chasing a lot less than we set out to get. Giving them 28 in extras in a final total of 156 is simply not good enough and I am afraid that Saturday's result rather summed up the first eight games of the season. Very much a case of underachievement all round."With this coming weekend marking the half way stage of the season it means that starting with Saturday's trip to second bottom Brixham is the first of ten matches which will determine whether or not the Maer Ground is once again staging Premier Division cricket in 2010.Baggs said: "With ten to play it is very clear to me that we need, at the very least, six wins and quite probably four decent points hauls when not winning so there really is no more room for errors of any kind. From Saturday we need to be firmly focussed on understanding that if we are to achieve what everybody at the club wants, then wins are the order of the day. Towards that end we need greater discipline in all facets of the game with both bat and ball."Baggs envisages an unchanged side making the journey to Brixham. Chris Jelly is still unavailable through work and Paul Warren was never going to be available until the second half of the season.