Bridgwater skipper ready for 'tough couple of matches'

Bridgwater Mercury: Mike Coles. PHOTO: Andy Slocombe Mike Coles. PHOTO: Andy Slocombe

Bridgwater skipper Mike Coles remains focused on 'a tough couple of weeks' despite his side making the perfect start to the season at the weekend.

The team made light work of Gloucester City Winget on Saturday in a 160-run win which saw Chris Skidmore open his account with the ball in a superb spell of 5-11 to rout the visitors for 53.

Then on Sunday, the team dumped Weston out of the National Knock Out with a 106-run win to complete a flawless start to their league and cup campaign.

Coles said: “It was good to get a couple of positives results and it was a good effort from all the lads because the conditions were a bit heavy going.

“Sunday was a brilliant all round effort and everybody chipped in with wickets or runs which was good to see and Chris [Skidmore] just tore through the heart of Gloucester on Saturday.”

The West of England Premier League's new win-lose format sees powerplays, free-hits and fielding restrictions in line with international one-day restrictions.

But Coles is confident the team can adapt and take advantage of the new regulations.

He said: “I think the new win-lose format will help us more than it will hinder us but we will just take it as the situation suits.

“The ultimate goal this season is to win the league but we know that we have to take each week as it comes.

“We have two tough matches coming up against Bath and Frocester which will give us a benchmark to find out where we are.

“We want to get some silverware this year whether it is in the league or one of the cups.”

See inside for match reports from both Bridgwater's weekend wins.

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