Skipper Tom hopes to halt run of defeats

Halstead Cricket Club skipper Tom Philp has warned his side they need to “stop the rot”.

The Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League team are bottom of the table, after last week’s seven-wicket defeat against Clacton.

They are still win-less this season and, although far from panicking, Philp wants his troops to halt their losing run fast – ideally in tomorrow’s home match against Bury St Edmunds.

And although a victory would be a timely boost, he says even a draw – given the points that would accrue – would be a satisfying outcome.

“It’s still relatively early days, although obviously if we don’t win soon we’ll find ourselves in a position where we need to produce a winning run,” said the Star Stile captain.

“But there’s a long way to go."

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