FROCESTER are at full strength for their West of England Premier One title showdown against Bath.
Leaders Bath enjoy a nine-point lead going into the final game of the season but Frocester have home advantage and know that victory will earn them their first title since 2007.
In-form Frocester have won their last four games and are at full strength with the only change from last Saturday’s win over Taunton Deane seeing Ross Martin preferred to Tom Morris.
While Bath were winning by six wickets at Weston-super-Mare, Frocester were only just keeping their title hopes alive with a one-run win in Taunton.
That win followed victories over Corsham, Ashcott and Downend and secretary Eric Woodmason is hoping they can produce one more winning performance in what he describes as a “massive game”.
He said that Martin had got the nod over Morris because it was hoped that his late swing could pick up some vital wickets.
Woodmason is also hoping that some of Frocester’s key players are running into form at just the right time.
“Sam Bracey has found some fine form late in the season with 159 against Apperley in the County Cup and a vital 63 against Taunton Deane last Saturday,” said Woodmason.
“Bracey and Paul Muchall opening the innings has allowed us to make maximum use of our resources, with batting right down the order and batters batting in their most effective roles.
“Skipper Nick Trainor is once again the top run scorer in Premier One with 670 runs and his wicket will be the one Bath will be hunting, along with Uzi Qureshi, who needs to show his quality at the highest level.
“With the ball, the three top wicket-takers in Premier One will face each other.
“Adam Kelly, with 29 wickets, and Simon Marchant with 26 will go head to head with Olly Jones, Frocester’s leading wicket-taker, who also has 26.
“Paul Muchall is in fine form with the ball, but the rest of the Frocester attack, particularly Josh Dunning and Richie Cave must be on top of their game.
“Trainor will be waiting in the wings with his off spin, while Louis Gegg behind the stumps will also be vital to Frocester’s chances.”
Frocester: Nick Trainor (capt), Sam Bracey, Paul Muchall, Uzi Qureshi, Tom Wand, Louis Gegg, Fin Dixon, Olly Jones, Ross Martin, Richie Cave, Josh Dunning.