Servies aim for more patience when they step up to the crease

NEED TO STEP UP: Servies captain John Elliot hopes his side show more fight with the bat against Easts.
NEED TO STEP UP: Servies captain John Elliot hopes his side show more fight with the bat against Easts.

Ex-Services captain John Elliot was disappointed with his side’s batting performance against City after a decent bowling performance.

Servies restricted City to 144 in their round one game but fell apart when it was their turn to bat. 

“What we did again against City, we bowled them out for what I thought was a reasonable total,” Elliot said. 

“We just can't afford to lose wickets in clumps, that's our biggest downfall at the moment.”

Bowler Josh Targett was a standout against City despite the loss but Elliot said the whole side will have to be better to best Easts this Saturday. 

“Easts, they're class right across the park,” Elliot said. 

“You have the experience of Todd Francis, Matt Jackson and Sam Uphill and they have boosted the batting line-up by having Dean Moore return. 

“And then you have the bowlers, again the experience of Sam Uphill leading the attack and then young Jackson Gwynne who is going in leaps and bounds and backed up by his brother Mitch.”

Elliot hopes his team will show a bit more “fight” in the game this Saturday.

Easts captain Sam Uphill is aiming for his side to consolidate their victory against the Barbarians in round one. 

“I think Servies have a couple of players in there that can take a game away from you as well, a bit like Baa Baas,” he said. 

“The key is to score runs and take wickets I suppose, take your chances. It is going to be a tough game either way, Servies knocked us off last year once and we had a couple of tough battles with them so I expect the same thing from them really.”