SWINDON captain Liam Tucker is hoping that Saturday’s nine-wicket success over then Glos/Wilts Division leaders Lechlade will be the turning point of their season.
Having struggled with the bat this term, Swindon cruised to victory at the Manor Ground - much to the satisifaction of Tucker.
Swindon got off to the perfect start after losing the toss when Matthew Kidd rearranged Lechlade’s South African under 19s World Cup winner Bradley Dial’s stumps with the first ball of the match.
The County Ground strike bowler continued his devastating form as he claimed 4-17 in his opening six overs before finishing in figures of 4-27.
Vib Yadav then picked his 3-31 from 9.3 overs as Lechlade were skittled out for just 120 in 29 overs.
Swindon’s reply never looked in any difficulty as openers Marc Williamson and Adam Tucker led the charge before the latter was dismissed in the 18th over for 37.
But the visitors victory was never going to be denied as Jon Sore and Williamson saw them home six overs later with both batsmen not out for 30 and 28 respectively.
“It was a very good day for us,” said victorious skipper Liam Tucker. “Never in our wildest dreams did we expect that.
“But it just shows what hard work and graft can do as our batters have been working very hard.
“It was very satisfying to see the top three do that and hopefully this can be the turning point for them.”
Tucker was also full of praise for his bowlers after they gave Swindon the platform for success.
“To be honest if I had won the toss I would have batted first as well,” the captain added.
“Matthew was in devastating form from the first ball.
“Vib also bowled very well taking three for not many, but we have been bowling well all season.”
Lechlade captain Joe Breet was honest in his assessment of his team’s performance in the derby clash and felt that they got what they deserved on Saturday.
He said: “I think it’s fair to say it was a very bad day at the office for us.
“Swindon were clearly the better team and they fully deserved their win.
“We as a team today performed very badly and got from the game exactly what we deserved - nothing.”
The defeat left Lechlade trailing new leaders Rockhampton by one point, despite their reverse to Biddestone, while Swindon moved up to fifth place.
The two losses for pace-setters has blown the division wide open as only 15 points now separate the top five.