Swindon bid to extend their recent winning form
5:30am Friday 27th June 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON will try to make three wins in row tomorrow, however, captain Liam Tucker knows that his side will face their toughest test to date.
The County Ground men travel to Glos/Wilts Division leaders Rockhampton and, while Swindon have already disposed of previous table-toppers Lechlade in ruthless fashion, they beat the Manor Ground outfit by nine wickets, Tucker is all too aware of the challenge that awaits.
Rockhampton bounced back from their only defeat of the campaign last weekend when they crushed Chipping Sodbury by nine wickets after skittling them out for just 67.
And while the league-leaders were taking out their frustration of the loss to Biddestone against the division’s basement boys, Swindon were enjoying an 82-run success over Westbury and District.
The County Ground side were indebted to the all-round performance of Adam Tucker last Saturday as he top-scored opening the batting with 43 before going to claim 4-19 with the ball.
“We identified these three games (Lechlade, Westbury and Rockhampton) at the start of the season as probably our toughest period,” Liam Tucker said.
“We know that we will go into this match as underdogs again which does take the pressure off.
“This will help us, there are no expectations and we can just go out there play our cricket, express ourselves and enjoy the match.
“Hopefully we can make it three wins in a row, but we know that they don’t come any tougher than this.”
The Swindon captain has been pleased with the way that his side have gone about their business in claiming back-to-back wins.
Prior to their success over Lechlade, Tucker had called on his batsmen to improve and since that match the top and middle order has delivered.
And he will be hoping that they can continue that upturn in fortunes in south Gloucestershire.
“For the first time this season we have been able to name an unchanged side,” Tucker said.
“It is great that we can do this, when you can name the same team week in, week out, people know their roles in the side.
“As well as being able to name the same side, we have players becoming available once more.
“We have got a first team squad of around 15 or 16, and we have now got players coming back from injury, holidays and university.
“Selection is becoming a bit of a headache, but I have to say that it is a nice headache to have.”