Familiar problems prove costly

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Alex Wakely was forced to accept that it was his side’s familiar failings that proved costly in the eight-run Friends Life t20 defeat at Bristol.

The Steelbacks’ batting has been their weakness so far in the limited overs game and that was the case again.

And Wakely, again in charge with Andrew Hall still out injured, was downbeat in the aftermath of a third straight defeat.

He said: “It was the same story again really as has been the case with our omne-day cricket.

“We performed well with the ball and in the field but we just can’t string it all together.

“I thought we got in a really good position after restrciting them to 139 but then we went out there and lost early wickets and that screws you up in Twenty20 cricket.

“We just haven’t got it right with our batting this season.”

The loss of four early wickets was the turning point in the contest and Wakely acknowledged that their approach hadn’t been the right one.

He added: “It’s a hard one to get right. An Aussie attitude would be to go out there and smack it everywhere and get it over with. Sometimes in England you just can’t do it.

“We thought it was a pitch that was easier to score on when the ball was coming on and we wanted to make the most of it but we got it wrong.”

And that leaves the Steelbacks with a fairly simple equation.

They’ve got six group games remaining, starting with Worcestershire tomorrow, and they need to win them all.

“We just didn’t produce the performance to back it up after doing well in the field,” Wakely continued.

“We’ve got to go out and win every game and we all know that but I don’t think we need to do much different.”