Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Better to Come

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Better to Come

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New Stockton all-rounder Ian Still is convinced that an upturn in fortunes is just around the corner - and he hopes it starts this weekend.

Stockton host Tynemouth tomorrow in the Foster's North East Premier League, then visit rivals Norton on Monday, and Ian is targeting a couple of wins.

"That would be great, and why not?" he said. "I've only played a few games for the club, but already I can see that we have the ability to do much better than we have done so far this season.

"With the batsmen we have we will score more freely when the sun shines and the tracks get harder. Once we pick up a win or two it will be a whole new picture."

Quality batsmen, including Richard Waite, have yet to get fully in the groove this season, but almost certainly will do before long.

Both Stockton and Norton are without a victory, putting extra pressure on Monday's derby game, but former Thornaby man Ian said: "I'm looking forward to the game because, in this league, Norton are our only close rivals, whereas in the NYSD League most of the sides were local.

"It has been a step up for me this season, and everything around the club is of a higher standard.

"All we need to do now is start winning games. We gave ourselves a kick up the backside after losing to the Durham Academy last weekend.

"We've had seven days to think about it, so it's a good time to have two games in three days to prove we can turn the corner.

"This league is much more intense and you have to work a lot harder. I'm ready for this sort of challenge.

"I left a lot of good friends at Thornaby and there were no hard feelings when I decided to move on. It was my decision, and I'm relishing life at Stockton.

"It's a long season, and just because we have started without a win, there's no reason we can't go on to do well."

Ian made 62 last week, and was delighted to get his first good knock under his belt.

"I hadn't taken my chances in the earlier games, but on Saturday I did and it felt good. I always felt I could do all right at this level, but it's nice to have an innings like that to prove it. …

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