Wootton Bassett's Khan can't see Purton slipping up
WOOTTON Bassett coach Shaz Khan says his side must focus on finishing second in Wiltshire League Division One after admitting it would take a ‘miracle’ for Purton to blow their title hopes.
Second-placed Bassett are 45 points behind their rivals with three games to go and Bassett must win at Beanacre & Melksham tomorrow to keep their slim hopes of finishing at the summit alive.
However, Khan concedes that topping the standings is an extremely unlikely scenario and believes second is a realistic target, even despite the close attentions of Urchfont in third.
“I honestly can’t see Purton slipping up,” said Khan.
“It would have to be a miracle for them to slip up now as they have been playing amazing cricket all season and have got a fantastic side of really high-quality players.
“Realistically I can’t see it happening, so I think second is the best place for us at this moment in time.
“In terms of finishing second we have just got to win our remaining three games. We’ve had a really good run of it and to finish second we need to continue playing good cricket this weekend, and hopefully the weather won’t intervene.
“If we can get another win under our belts then that secures our position further.”
Khan is adamant that Bassett must be mentally strong as they cannot afford to let mistakes creep in with just a five-point advantage over Urchfont to play with.
“When you have little margins like that it’s very important that we’re focused and that we play the cricket we can play,” he said.
“The focus will be that we’re in second spot and we’ve got to maintain that. We’ll let our cricket do the talking and hopefully the result will be in our favour.
“With cricket, you can never underestimate any side no matter where they are in the table.”
Bassett skipper Darren Beasant is injured while Jagi Chahal and Jas Chahal are unavailable, but wicketkeeper Jack Twine is back from holiday.
Purton could seal the title if they win at Swindon Nalgo but at the very least they will strengthen their position at the top with a victory.
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