Kendal skipper Stu Parkin challenges team to end season on high

Kendal skipper Stu Parkin challenges team to end season on high

Kendal skipper Stu Parkin challenges team to end season on high

First published in Sport

CLUB captain Stu Parkin has challenged his Kendal teammates to continue their late season good form as the season draws to a close.

An impressive eight wicket win over Fleetwood saw the Shap Road outfit record back-to-back wins and with only league position left to play for, Parkin insists his team must keep focus to ensure the campaign ends on a high note.

“It would be perfect to finish with a nice little run of wins which would give us a good feeling at the end of the year rather than losing your last few games,” said Parkin.

“Our last few results shows people we do still care and are putting the performances in towards the end of the season to hopefully go into next season with a bit of confidence rather than being on a bit of a downer.”

And with just seven points between Kendal and local rivals Netherfield, Parkin hopes his side can maintain that slender advantage in the final two games.

“Although they have had the beating of us most times we played them, their inability to beat other sides is something we look on and take advantage of,” he said.

“When push comes to shove it’s nice winning the local derby games but for me, the better team finishes higher in the league so of course it would be nice to finish above them.”

Nick Lewthwaite impressed with the ball as Kendal dismissed Fleetwood for 160 runs before Jamie How top scored with an unbeaten 85 as the home side won with 17 overs, and eight wickets, to spare.

“Fleetwood are a very good side and have finished high in the last few years so it proved we can beat the top teams,” said Parkin.

“I think that is the most frustrating thing for me as captain, knowing we have the ability to do that but actually doing it week in week out and consistently is something that we strive for.”

Kendal host twelfth place Lancaster on Saturday but Parkin is not taking the game for granted.

“It has always been a tricky game for us,” he said. “We got trounced down at their spot so some wrongs need to be put right in the return fixture.

“On their day, like us, they can beat anyone but can be inconsistent. It is one you like to think you should win but there are no gimmes now in league cricket.” 
 

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