No nonsense Nunes warns Twickenham they must improve at home

Picture perfect: James Fear hits out for Teddington

Picture perfect: James Fear hits out for Teddington

First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Captain Carlos Nunes has warned Twickenham they must address their home form if they are to secure top flight survival this term.

The Middlesex County League Premier Division newboys host bottom-club Eastcote tomorrow, having held local rivals Teddington to a draw at Bushy Park at the weekend.

Skipper Joe Austin’s hosts had posted a daunting 300 for seven off 59 overs, thanks to big scores from Max Page (87), James Wade (70) and Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan (51).

But Twickenham secured a vital point in their season-long fight against relegation, as they finished on 200 for nine – despite having been reduced to 111 for six with 28 overs still to face. Rashid Mullahzadah was the hero hitting 37 not out from 95 balls.

The result came a fortnight after Nunes’ men won at defending champions Winchmore Hill in a low scoring encounter, which they followed up a week later with an embarrassing capitulation at home to Hampstead.

It means the 12 points they have secured this term have all come on the road and the Ts skipper, who welcomes back opening batsman and wicketkeeper Tom Huysinga to his line-up this week, reckons his men must perform on home turf having shown they have the stomach for the fight.

“This game will genuinely define our season going forward and looking back.  It really does mean a lot,” said Nunes.

“We are not taking them lightly. They have had a bad start to the season and got a good result last week, so we have got to bring our game to the party and be desperate for ten points. Nothing less is an option.

“We’ve got to bat 60 overs whatever happens and I think we have got the line-up right now to do that.

“We haven’t played well at home for the last two or three seasons and have not scored more than 250 on our own deck for a long time.

“We need to apply ourselves in the same way we do away from home.”

Twickenham fell 100 runs short of their target at the weekend, but Nunes felt the difference between the two sides was not that significant.

“Teddington are a very good side and a point goes a long way for us, as does not giving them the extra six points,” he added.

“I wouldn’t say we were hundred runs behind. We dropped a few catches which cost us 30 or 40 runs.

“There were probably about 40 or 50 runs we didn’t take in the last 10 overs because we were keeping certain batters on strike as we were going for the draw, so it could have been much closer.”

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