Aire-Wharfe League: Collingham ‘must stay in division’

NAWN 1405174AM6 Collingham CC V Beckwithshaw. Collingham's John Swain. (1405174AM6)
NAWN 1405174AM6 Collingham CC V Beckwithshaw. Collingham's John Swain. (1405174AM6)

Collingham captain Sam Anderson bemoaned his side’s complacency as they were soundly beaten by bottom of the league Ben Rhydding on Saturday.

After a positive start, Collingham were 115-3 but Toby Jacklin’s dismissal ushered a middle-order batting collapse which saw just 28 more runs added.

Ben Rhydding had little problems chasing down a total of 144, despite losing their opener for a duck, and ran out clear victors by seven wickets.

Anderson was less than impressed with his side’s display and blamed poor batting and too much focus on the Waddilove Cup final for the defeat.

He said: “I think probably we suffered from a little bit of complacency after the great semi-final display last week.

“We took our eye off the ball, showed an awful display of batting and, in the end, they wanted to win more than us.

“Even though we have the cup final coming up, what I’m more worried about is our league form.

“If we lose our remaining fixtures we will be right down at the bottom of the league.”

Jacklin, who finished with figures of 2-43, took the wickets of both Ben Rhydding’s opening batsmen but the bowlers could not rescue Collingham this time around.

After getting just two points from the game against Ben Rhydding, Collingham find themselves in eighth place, 20 points off the bottom and looking behind their shoulder.

Despite the upcoming cup final, Jackson says his side’s priority is staying in the top division.

He said: “I was annoyed on Saturday because one or two of the players turned up in not the best condition and, in this division, you can’t take anything for granted.

“Our aim now is to remain in the division so we need to make sure we finish tenth or higher. Even if we win the cup but get relegated then that would be a disaster of a season.”

Collingham travel to third place Beckwithshaw on Saturday and Anderson believes his side cannot afford to pick up just two points from the game.

He said: “We always have difficult games against Beckwithshaw so it’s not an easy game to go into.

“It’s definitely not my favourite fixture.

“They have got a good team but sometimes that can work in our favour.

“Hopefully it will bring the best out of us again. The most important thing from the game though is to avoid just getting two points from it.

“That just won’t be good enough.

“We never go into a game thinking we’re going to lose but, if we do, seven is much more helpful than two.”