Nottinghamshire Women go into this weekend bank holiday double header against Kent and Middlesex determined to maintain their match intensity for longer periods.
Team coach Martyn Kiel says the team have played well in most of their games, but have sometimes suffered from not being able to sustain a high level of performance for long enough.
Last weekend, the Women fought out a thrilling draw against Warwickshire in a 50-over County Championship clash.
On Sunday they host Kent at Lady Bay Sports Ground before playing Middlesex at Welbeck on bank holiday Monday.
“We’ve done lots of things well this year, but we just need to do it for longer periods,” said Kiel.
“It was pleasing how we came back and controlled the Warwickshire game after they got off to a flier, with Kirstie Gordon, Lucy Higham and Teresa Graves in the wickets and sharp catches from Jodie Dibble, Georgie Boyce and Megan Burton.
“Then with the bat, despite the wobble we had, we showed some character to get near the target and get a tie.
“Kent and Middlesex will both be tough games, and we need to improve on the trend that has emerged in our last four games - losing wickets in the middle of the innings for few too runs.
“We’ve done lots of things well this year, but we just need to do it for longer periods.”
“Two games over a Bank Holiday present an opportunity to build momentum and get points on the board.”
Kiel has been impressed with several of team members in the 2018 so far, both with bat and ball.
He’s also happy with the standards in the field, where the players have acquitted themselves well.
Kiel said: “Kirstie Gordon has bowled superbly with two five-fers already and 16 wickets in total at an average of just 6.75.
“Georgie Boyce has scored 134 runs at 33.50 from four innings, with a high score of 50, and Sonia Odedra has scored 108 runs at 27.00 from her four innings, having also registered a 50.
“It was pleasing to see Yvonne Graves get her first half century for us against Somerset with a 57 and Megan Burton has settled well in behind the stumps.
“The other good thing is that we’ve fielded well and generally out-fielded our opponents, so hopefully we can keep that part of our game going.”
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