GLOS/WILTS: Lechlade look to keep up with the leaders
LECHLADE travel to Tewkesbury on Saturday looking to close the five-point gap on Glos/Wilts leaders Rockhampton.
Both Lechlade coach Luke Sellers and captain Joe Breet feel Tewkesbury are more than capable of providing a stern test to the Manor Ground high-flyers, especially at home, and they insisted Lechlade will not be taking anything for granted this weekend.
Sellers said: “Had Tewkesbury not been so badly hit by the weather their league position would probably be higher and they would still be on the fringe of a title challenge.”
Last Saturday’s five-wicket win over Warminster represented the midway point of the season and it has been a first half that both captain and coach are reasonably happy with.
Breet said: “I think it’s fair to say that we have really not seen the best out of our batting line up as a unit so far this season and this is something we are aware of and working on.
“Individually we have seen performances which has helped us win games but not as a team.”
Breet was full of praise for his bowling line-up, who he feels have bowled well as a unit.
He said: “Michael (Craigs) and Luke (Sellers) have bowled well and economically, which has put pressure on the batsmen and in turn has allowed bowlers like Asanka (Vithanage), Willy (Nichols) and Tris (Hawkes) all to pick up wickets.”
Lechlade will name a full strength team for the trip to Tewkesbury, with the return of Ryan Higgins following recent work commitments.