David Willey admitted that his side haven’t performed to their full potential in the Royal London One-Day Cup this season after the Steelbacks defeat to the Essex Eagles on Thursday night.
The Steelbacks were put into bat and Richard Levi (84) and Rob Keogh (50) made an impressive start with the pair putting on 100 for the first wicket. The hosts lost the quick wickets of Coezter and Rossington before David Willey (113) put on a show for the County Ground crowd and helped the Steelbacks post a total of 310 all out.
In reply, the Essex Eagles got off to a flier themselves with Pettini (88), Westley (62) and Bopara (61) building the foundation of their innings before Smith (11*) and Phillips (22*) knocked off the winnings runs with four balls to space and six wickets down.
Willey, after hitting his second List A century said “It was nice to get the runs on the board this evening and I think I’m maturing with the bat with every opportunity I get”.
The twenty four year-old admitted ‘We haven’t played as well as we would have wanted to in the 50 over format this season. The side has shown glimpses of what we’re capable of but we just haven’t been consistent enough with either bat or ball throughout the season to be successful. We need to step up massively next season.”
“Over the winter the players need to go away and put in some hard graft to make sure we come back next year and play some winning cricket.”
“The guys have a bit of a break now and then we come back on Tuesday where we’ll switch on for the final four Championship fixtures”.
The Steelbacks have a ten day break now before the side are back in action in the LV= County Championship against Somerset on the 31st August at Taunton.