Senior players must pull their weight, says Bay skipper
Bailey’s Bay captain Stephen Outerbridge has called upon the senior players in the squad to step up and earn the club’s first win of the season when they welcome Devonshire Rec to Sea Breeze Oval tomorrow.
The defending Premier Division champions lost their opening match on the road to Somerset Cricket Club last weekend, digging themselves an early hole.
Pointing to injuries and players overseas as a chief reason the team isn’t at full strength, Outerbridge said the senior players needed to step up and be accounted for if they are to get back on track.
“We have a few injuries and people being away, we can’t worry about what other teams are doing because it is early in the season and we just need to get a win under our belts,” said the Bermuda national team skipper.
“In our team there are a few of our junior players to fill the void but that isn’t an excuse and we want to go out and put our best foot forward starting tomorrow.
“We batted well last week, but it was more of a case of the senior players in the team that didn’t pull their weight in their respective roles, so we can only look to improve our standard and get a win tomorrow.
“There isn’t any need to hit any panic buttons right now, we are fine and just need to be positive in what we do in our next games.”
Bay’s opponents tomorrow are Rec who had a bye in the opening week and will be looking to add further misery to the champions.
Outerbridge, who is out for another month with his current injury, believes a win tomorrow can kick-start their campaign and put them back in the hunt for league honours.
“A win changes everything for a team, the mentality and everything is build on wins in any sport so we just need to get one under our belt,” he added.
Elsewhere tomorrow, St David’s travel to St John’s Field to play Western Stars, while Warwick welcome St George’s to Southampton Oval, and Willow Cuts clash with Somerset Bridge at White Hill Field.
Somerset travel to the other end of the Island to play Flatts at Lords, with Southampton taking on Cleveland County at Wellington Oval.
PHC have a bye this weekend.
All matches start at 11am.