RADCLIFFE Cricket Club skipper Sean Gibson returns to the fold for Saturday’s Central Lancashire League clash with Monton and Weaste believing the key to victory is stopping pro Christiaan Jonker.
The Homer Street men have hit a blip of late – the latest setback a diappointing nine-wicket defeat to Crompton last weekend when only three batsmen got into double figures in a low total of 80.
Gibson was absent for that match but is back and believes if they can prevent South African Jonker another big score, they have a chance of bouncing back to winning ways.
Gibson said: “Monton are a similar team to us in the fact they have a lot of younger players.
“The difference for them has been the form of Christiaan Jonker who has been hitting hundreds.
“We have played them three times in both the league and Twenty20 and lost all and he has been the difference.
“Two of those were narrow defeats and if we can keep him in check we can do well.”
Chris Berry was skipper in Gibson’s absence last weekend and admitted a batting collapse proved costly.
He said: “Marlon Black bowled well for them but we threw a lot of wickets away.
“Richard Farnworth and I put a stand of 30-odd together and we managed to get past our lowest total this season of 47 – again against Crompton.
“But it was a modest total and we will need to do better against Monton.”