ANDY PRASAD believes that preparation was key as Wraysbury began the new Chilterns League season with an eight-wicket win at Pinkneys Green on Saturday.

Wraysbury have ambitions to win the league this year and have been working hard to hit the ground running.

Skipper Prasad told the Observer: “I thought we might be a little rusty but our players have put in the practice.

“We made a good start with bat and ball because of the practice sessions. We made sure the first team players were there and that batting and bowling sessions were in place.

“In the last few years we’ve always made a good start and that’s because of the practice.

“It became easy for the game and it was an excellent win in the end.”

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PHOTO: A. Ibrahim bowls for Wraysbury in their opening day win on Saturday.

The home side were bowled out for 145 after 32 overs with Naeem Baig recording figures of 4-31.

Wraysbury reached 146-2 after 22 overs for the win with star man Baig unbeaten on 44.

“Naeem is a great all-rounder for the club,” Prasad praised. “He opens the bowling and over the years has been great for the club.

“He has played at a higher level and brings a positive attitude to the club. The others take that on and it’s a good thing for us.”

Commenting on the win he said: “We knew that Pinkneys Green would come in rusty and we always go in with confidence.

“We’ve got a brilliant batting and bowling deck. We failed with out catching last year but dropped just one difficult chance on Saturday.

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PHOTO: U. Khalid Abassi bats for Pinkneys Green on Saturday.

“Pinkneys Green won the toss and I was surprised that they wanted to bat. Last year we got 300 against them so they knew we had a good batting deck but I was still surprised.”

Prasad added: “Our aim is to win the league this season and go into Division Four of the Thames Valley League next season. That depends on our standing this year."

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