Basics have to be right warns Greg Wright
Himley’s Greg Wright has urged his men to put local rivalry aside and concentrate on doing the basics right.
Wright’s charges head to Wolverhampton tomorrow to tackle the in-form Birmingham League Premier Division Two leaders.
And the Stourbridge Road skipper, who played for Wolverhampton when they won the league title in 1998 and National Knockout at Lord’s in 1999, is keen to see further signs of progress from his side after a stop-start opening to the season.
“It’s a game that stands out when you look at the fixtures at the start of the season,” said Wright.
“It’s a local derby and these games are always interesting and good to play in but we can’t get distracted by the local rivalry.
“We have to make sure we carry on doing what we have been doing over the last few weeks, and that’s doing the basics well
“If we do that then we are a match for anyone in the division.”
Last weekend’s winning draw against Tamworth left Himley sitting sixth in the standings and Wright wants to be mixing it at the top end of the table.
“It’s been a bit stop-start so far and there have been a couple of games were we have been poor,” he said.
“We also had the game with Bridgnorth washed out and we are still trying to find our feet. But I have high expectations so to be mid-table is not what I want.
“We have a lot of talent in our side so we should be looking up not down.
“We have shown encouraging signs in the last few weeks and if we could get a positive result tomorrow that would be three solid performances in a row and give us something to build on.”
Wolverhampton will be hoping paceman Adam Finch, who moved from Himley to Danescourt during the close season, is cleared to play by Worcestershire.
England under-19 ace Finch bagged 4-37 in the victory over Halesowen last weekend and will no doubt be keen to get one over on his former team-mates.
But Wright is well aware of the threat Wolves, who have won five games on the spin, pose.
“They have had a good start and they are one of the favourites to go up,” said Wright.
“They have some good players. Aneesh Kapil is a former county cricketer and their overseas player, Matthew Kleinveldt is a very good player.
“It’s a tough league, every game is a real challenge and that’s the type of cricket you want to be playing.
“Every side have match-winners in their ranks and I think anyone is capable of beating anyone. You have really got to be on your mettle. “
Halesowen will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Wolves when they travel to Ombersley.