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Lechlade, Gloucester City Winget chasing key victories

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

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Joe Breet will be looking for his Lechlade side to regain winning ways in the Glos/Wilts Division when Chipping Sodbury visit the Manor Ground on Saturday.

Lechlade make only one change to the side that lost at Biddestone last weekend with wicketkeeper Sam Burdock coming in for the injured Paul Godding.

Burdock, who has been out of the side since sustaining a hand injury at Tewkesbury three weeks ago, has had to wait for his return to the first team and with a century for the second team last Saturday stated his case for a return.

Lechlade coach Luke Sellers said players had been forced to wait for their chance with the side in such good form in recent weeks.

“With the team winning and availability very good, those pushing for places within the squad are having to wait for an opportunity and in recent weeks this has been generally down to injury,” he said.

“Sam had to rest a hand injury and it has taken a shoulder injury to Paul for him to regain his place in the first team.”

Breet said last Saturday’s result was disappointing but the fact that Lechlade got so close playing poorly was a positive that they could take from the game.

“We need to put last week behind us and make sure we have no further slip-ups,” he said.

“Last week and our other defeat to Swindon shows that any team in our division on their day can beat any of the others.

“This Saturday will be no different and we have to concentrate fully on each of the remaining games if we are to win the title this season.”

Gloucester City Winget face Swindon on Saturday looking to guarantee their place in the Glos/Wilts Division next season.

Ben Lambert’s side virtually put to bed any lingering fears they would be relegated for the third season in a row after beating Chipping Sodbury by 37 runs last Saturday.

Team spokesman Tom Collinson said GCW, who sit in fifth spot in the table and four above the relegation, would be looking to confirm their safety by doing the double over third-placed Swindon.

“We feel like we should probably be safe now,” said Collinson.

“We might need one or two more wins to be absolutely sure, but we’ve got a nice run of four games now that we feel we should be able to win. It’s up to us now.”

GCW, who beat Swindon by 74 runs in June, produced a strong batting display as they sent Chipping Sodbury packing to gain their fifth league win of the season.

Richard Howell led the way with 70 and 17-year-old opener Noah Cooper Llanes and Scott Montgomery both scored 47 as GCW posted 263 for eight.

Lambert proved crucial with the ball as he took four for 34, including the key wicket of Swindon opener Jamie Wakefield on 83.

Collinson said: “We won the toss, batted first and started well and kept going well all the way.

“Rich Howell batted well and Noah’s scored a lot of runs in the second team this year and he’s taken his chance in the first team. Scott batted very well again.

“Ben was brilliant with the ball and his four wickets were all very important, including Wakefield.

“The game could have gone either way up until then, but as soon as we got him out we were fairly confident we’d win it from there.”

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