BEN MILLAR expects Cookham Dean to be looking up rather than down before long despite a disappointing start to the new season.

Cookham were relegated from the Home Counties League last year and have been beaten in their first two matches this season.

A 101-run home defeat to Gerrards Cross on Saturday leaves them bottom of Thames Valley Division One, but Millar insists there are reasons for the poor start.

He told the Observer: “We’re not targeting winning the league but a top-half finish is what I expect.

“The way the fixtures have fallen means we have the tough sides first, but then we will have an easier run in. Hopefully, we can be mid-table come August and have a good end to the season.”

Commenting on the defeat to Gerrards Cross, Millar said: “We did pretty well with the ball because at one point we were looking at chasing a big score.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t back that up with the bat, but at the same time we have a lot of players to come back in so there’s not too much to worry about.

“We knew it would be quite tough and we would have to rely on one or two because we were missing players, so it was a tough ask and the wicket was not great.

“We missed players but that’s no reason to lose eight wickets for 15 runs.

"If we would have been bowled out for 180 that would have been a more creditable score."

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