Rob Newton offered a damning appraisal of the Steelbacks’ defeat to Warwickshire in the Friends Life t20 tonight (Friday).
The home side, who lost their sixth consecutive game in the competition, were put to the sword by the Bears who romped home with 23 balls to spare chasing a target of 154.
And Newton, who top-scored in the hosts’ innings, wasn’t pulling any punches.
“It’s just not good enough,” he said.
“To lose with 23 balls remaining, that’s a thrashing really.”
And although they were off the pace with the ball, Newton felt that a more substantial return from the first 10 overs could’ve laid the platform for a potentially match-winning score.
He continued: “We thought that with 150 we had a chance, with me and Cameron (White) going well we were looking at more175, I think we scored 95 off the last 10 (overs) so maybe it was the first 10 that put us back a bit.
“It’s getting pretty hard to keep our heads up, so we’ll see what happens down at Cardiff (Saturday) but we need to be better.”
There is an obvious lack of confidence running through the side at present but Newton reckons a return to form could be as simple as one outstanding individual performance.
He added: “When you lose six games in a row a lack of confidence is inevitable really.
“All it takes is one innings or one grerat spell of bowling to change that but we’re just falling short.
“If one of me or Cam gets 70 tonight maybe we win the game, if one of our bowlers bowls four overs, three for 15 then maybe we win but we’re not doing it at the minute.”