POSITIVITY will be the key if Ellesmere Port are to break into the top four according to captain Phil Ashton.
Salvaging a draw at Sandbach after allowing their hosts to score 243 was a boost for the Port as they enter the second half of a so far disappointing season.
But Ashton believes that the team are still capable of a high-placed finish.
'The boys did well and I have a few selection headaches now,' he said.
'We have been unlucky this season as we have had six or seven broken or badly bruised fingers.
'It was those injuries which meant we called up some young players from the seconds for the game against Sandbach at the weekend.
'They came in and did really well. Steve Birchall is only 20 and he batted out the last 20 overs to get us the draw.
'Ryan Peers also did well and Wayne Shore's bowling means he may remain in the team, I will have to think about it.'
At Sandbach, the home side were all out for 243. In reply, Ellesmere Port reached 153 for 8 with Gareth Boys top scoring with 42.
Birchall scored 23 in his 20-over spell and was identified as one for the future.
'He has a great technique and will only improve as he plays,' said Ashton. 'But he is unlikely to keep his place for now as we have some big hitters returning.
'He is putting pressure on the first teamers though and that is something we haven't had for a few years now.'
On the campaign to date he said: 'We have had terrible luck this season but we traditionally have a strong second half of the season. Usually we have left ourselves too much to do but recently Cheshire County Officers were in our position and they have strung a few wins together and rocketed up the table.
'It is a close league this year and if we start putting in the performances we will climb quickly and could break into the top four.
'Confidence has taken a knock but the club atmosphere is buoyant. We have a good team spirit and despite our poor results we have had a laugh this year.
'With that attitude I am confident the second half of the season will see us improve.'