WINDSOR captain Kristan Baumgartner admits that his side have been under-prepared in recent weeks after a run of just one win in six matches.

Windsor suffered a six-wicket defeat against Kew at Home Park on Saturday which leaves them in seventh position in Division 2A of the Thames Valley League.

Adam Weston impressed with 93 runs in the loss, his fifth half-century of the season, but Baumgartner knows his side must do more in order to win games.

He told the Observer: “I was pretty happy with how we played overall on Saturday, but we’ve been under-prepared and our turnouts at training have not been good.

“We need to get down to the club and prepare better, look at the strengths of our opposition and figure out how we are going to take wickets because we’re not applying enough pressure with the ball.

“We look enthusiastic and we’ve got energy as a group on a matchday, but we’re just struggling to find a way to win games.”

Weston helped Windsor to 221 runs all out on Saturday and Baumgartner is delighted the Aussie is backing up his ability with big scores.

He said: “Adam was fantastic last weekend and has been so reliable this year.

“He plays his own way and anchors down an innings because he’s a very difficult batsman to get out.

“He has this ability to bed in so that everyone can bat around him, but no-one pushed us on to get to the 250 mark last weekend.”

Looking back on the defeat at the hands of Kew, the captain said: "We were 20-30 runs short of putting doubt in their minds.

"If we had put more runs on the board it would have forced Kew into a different mindset, but they would have fancied their chances.

"The conditions for cricket are not great at the moment. The outfields are so quick and the pitches are lifeless for bowling, so you have to look at scores in the high 200s to win a game.

"We didn't apply enough pressure with the ball and there were too many bad balls in each over for Kew to capitalise on. The result never looked in doubt."

Windsor welcome second-placed Marlow to Home Park this Saturday (1pm start) and Baumgartner knows his side will have to be at the top of their game.

He said: "It'll be a tough fixture because Marlow are playing some really good cricket and their strength is in their batting.

"One chap is pushing for 1,000 runs this season and everyone else bats around him.

"We're going to need to be right on the ball, apply a lot of pressure and hopefully take our chances when they make mistakes."

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