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Tom Wand hopes Frocester can celebrate win double

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

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Frocester go into this weekend knowing that two good performances could potentially render their season a roaring success.

Saturday brings with it a crucial league fixture, and on Sunday the Pounds Close side travel to Sunbury-on-Thames to contest the quarter-final of the Royal London National Club Championship against Sunbury, having dispatched Cornwall’s St Just in the last round.

Fourth-placed Frocester’s weekend begins with a crunch game at the top end of the West of England Premier League Premier One against Downend, who sit one place above them in third.

Frocester’s league form has been patchy of late, losing two of their last three games with the other, against relegation-threatened Taunton St Andrews, being washed out.

But with victory certain to propel them up the table at the expense of Saturday’s opponents, they will hope to rise to the occasion.

Batsman Tom Wand is convinced the side have the talent to turn things around and make a winning start to the weekend.

“We’re playing at home, which is good for us, because our home record’s much better than our away,” he said.

“We’ve got players in form too. Nick Trainor got a hundred last week.

“And my form’s been a bit thin in recent weeks, so I’m hoping I’m due a good score as well!”

Bowler Tom Morris is set to miss the weekend through injury, but otherwise Frocester are at full strength going into the weekend.

“We think playing well on Saturday will set us up nicely for Sunday,” said Wand.

“We haven’t had a good run in the knockout championship for a little while, although we went well in the national Twenty20s last time out.”

The side have an extra inducement to succeed on Sunday, with the winners of the national competition set to be treated to a trip to La Manga Club in Spain, home of the Spanish national cricket team, in October.

Wand said: “It’s a long way away yet, because we’ve still got to beat two strong southern teams and a northern one.

“That’s what we’re concentrating on at the moment. But if we do win it we’ll make sure we play a couple of games down in Spain as well.

“Travelling for games has been pretty good for us in terms of team spirit. If we do end up going to Spain, I imagine it will turn into something of a jolly.”

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