THORNTON batsman Josh Hutchinson has called for his side to find more consistency, following their fifth defeat of the season at the weekend against Booth.

It was always going to be a tricky fixture for the Bradford side with Booth sitting in second, but the result ensured Thornton's dry spell continued.

The 213-run margin defeat was their third on the bounce, which must come as quite a shock to Hutchinson and his side- being one of the division's favourites.

And reflecting on the performance, Hutchinson called for more consistency, as his side head into a pivotal part of the campaign.

He said: “The performance wasn’t great against Booth, but they are a good side. They batted really well; however, we just didn’t show up.

“I don’t think it helped us fielding in the heat and it probably took it out of us, but at the end of the day, we are not on the best run of form, and we are struggling to find consistency.

“It’s one of them seasons. We have a few people firing every game, but it’s not the same people. We usually have one or two firing then the rest aren’t, and we need to find a collective consistency.

“I’d actually say our bowling has been a strong point this season, and it has been better than our batting side.

“I’m not firing, our other standout batters aren’t firing, and we just seem to have had not the best of starts. I’ve made a few bad decisions and the luck doesn’t seem to be following me.”

The Bradford side face Sowerby Bridge at the weekend, who currently sit in ninth, two places below Thornton, and Hutchinson believes it could be the game to revive their season.

He said: “All we’ve been speaking about is that if we can put two or three decent wins together, then we can distance ourselves from the lower third of the table.

“Triangle and Booth are starting to drift off at the top of the table, but apart from them, the table is pretty tight.

“We need to get a couple of wins under our belt and hopefully a decent win this weekend, and in the cup semi-final next weekend, would kick-start a bit of momentum.”

Hutchinson added: “Everybody wants to win the league. That was our goal at the start of the season, but realistically, we would have to get ten to twelve pointers out of the eleven games.

"And that's with people dropping points and results going our way.

"We will always try and go for everything and we don't feel the need to prioritise anything, but we have to be realistic and say that we are unlikely to win the division.

"We would be happy with a top five finish now, that's for sure.

"I think now, we need to concentrate on getting to the cup final, and then try and build our confidence."