Cox injury rocks Services

Dave Cox is injured. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-25)

Dave Cox is injured. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-25)

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Lee Carroll has admitted United Services are in serious relegation trouble after the major loss of Dave Cox.

The slow left-armer fractured his spinning finger in last weekend’s defeat to Tichborne Park and could now be out for the remainder of the club’s division two campaign.

Cox has 19 wickets to his name this term – the joint second-highest in the division – in a side struggling for results and languishing second from bottom in the table.

But Carroll is still optimistic his side can drag themselves out of the mire ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Basingstoke & North Hants.

The Services skipper said: ‘We are concerned because we just can’t seem to kill games off.

‘And losing Coxy is a big blow.

‘We don’t know how long he will be out for yet because it depends how quickly it heals.

‘We are not making excuses but we haven’t had much luck this year.

‘Damian Carson got injured on the eve of the season and now Coxy has broken his finger.

‘But I still think we can get out of trouble.

‘There are not really any teams to fear in our league.’

Last week’s loss was a case in point as Services looked in control – with their opponents seven wickets down and still requiring 83 runs to win.

But Tichborne went on to complete the job with ease.

Carroll said: ‘We had them seven down and then didn’t look like taking another wicket after that.

‘It’s just hard to put your finger on exactly why it happened.

‘They say that winning becomes a habit and losing can become a habit as well.

‘So I don’t know if we are lacking a bit of confidence or what.

‘Everyone is trying and giving everything.

‘But it’s just not happening for us at the moment.

‘Now we just need a win to get things going again.

‘We’ve had four really close games and lost all of them.

‘Even if we had won two of them, it would look a lot better than it does at the moment. But we have to keep going.’

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