GRANT DE KOCK is choosing to remain realistic after Loddington & Mawsley’s brilliant start to the Division One campaign continued with a 50-run success over Old Wellingburians.
The men from Harrington Road have been the surprise package so far having picked up four wins from five matches to put themselves 16 points clear of the rest.
With it being so early in the season, de Kock has been quick to dismiss any talk of his team being title contenders.
But he is pretty sure why his team have enjoyed such a fine start.
“I think the pitches have made it more of a level playing field,” he said.
“We seem to have adapted well to the tough conditions and that is paying off for us.
“We have bowled and fielded well in every game so far and we have had good plans in place for the batting in each game.
“But I think confidence also comes into it.
“We have beaten the likes of Geddington and Rushden and they were games where we would have been happy just to take something.
“Beating teams like that and defending small totals at times has given the boys belief that we can do it against anyone.
“Are we title contenders? We have to be realistic and say probably not.
“What we have done so far is fantastic and I think we have probably surprised ourselves as well as everyone else.
“The key thing for us is to continue to get good results against teams who may not be classed as title contenders and if we do that then we will be safe early in the season.
“It’s been a great start and that is because everyone is playing a part. Our lower order batsmen are scoring important runs and all our bowlers are chipping in.”
And it was a real team effort that secured a maximum points haul at The Embankment.
Nicholas Herbert (33) and de Kock (30) led the way as Loddington reached 155-8 in 50 overs, although good contributions from Mark Allbright (14no) and Calum Plowright (16no) helped them get over the 150 mark.
David Hallworth (13-4-20-4) was the pick of the OWs bowlers but they struggled with the bat as Shahid Bashir (40) was the only one to break the 20 barrier.
That was mainly because of a fine all-round effort with the ball from the visitors.
Allbright (10.2-4-23-3) led the way with Daniel Beere, Simon Lisene and de Kock all picking up two wickets each as the home side were dismissed for 105 with four balls remaining. Old Wellingburians 4pts, Loddington & Mawsley 30.