CRICKET: Lechlade remain confident of clinching the treble

Lechlade opener Sam Burdock shared a partnership of 105 last week

Lechlade opener Sam Burdock shared a partnership of 105 last week

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LECHLADE captain Joe Breet believes his side are now just two wins away from securing the Glos/Wilts Division title.

League leaders Lechlade, who entertain Chippenham this Saturday at the Manor Ground, name the same side which beat Swindon last weekend.

Breet insists the title is now theirs to lose and has warned his team at training this week not to get complacent on the season’s run-in.

“Our opponents this week are not a bad side and have shown this season they are capable of beating the top teams on their day,” said Breet.

“They are 20 points clear of the relegation zone and will not want to slip back into the danger zone at this late stage. We will have to produce another good workmanlike performance to maintain our current advantage at the top of the table.”

Lechlade have struggled to find a settled opening partnership this year and will hope that last week’s pairing of Paul Godding and Sam Burdock, who put on 105 for the first wicket at Swindon, can continue in the same vein.

Lechlade coach Luke Sellers maintains that Lechlade have seen the best of their batting line-up when a good foundation has been set at the start of the innings.

“With a good base set it allows our top and middle order to express themselves and with the depth of quality we have in the team one or two of them will take games away from our opponents very quickly,” said Sellers.

“On Saturday it was Brad (Dial) and Willy (Nichols) but we have several other players who are capable of doing the job.”

Lechlade’s Gloucestershire County Cup semi final against Gloucester AIW which was cancelled on Sunday as a consequence of the weather has been rearranged for this Sunday.

Cup captain Arran Dickinson says that Lechlade have had to make some changes to the original team due to availability but will still travel with a very strong side and one that is more than capable of reaching the final for the second year running.

Having already won the CDCA T20 Cup, Lechlade are keen to claim the Glos/Wilts league and the county cup as well.

“The treble is still on for the club,” said Dickinson.

“We have everything to play for and a cup final win on the last day of the season could cap it all off very nicely for us.”

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