FIVE is the magic number for Royal Wootton Bassett this weekend as they look to renew their WEPL Wiltshire status campaign for a second season.

Skipper Darren Beasant takes his troops to Marshfield and currently sit seventh in the table, while their hosts will prove to be a difficult test as they occupy second.

While the Bassett chief is unsure on how many teams will see their league status revoked, he thinks five more points will see his side to safety.

“First and foremost, we will be trying to get as many points as we need until we are mathematically unable to get relegated,” said Beasant.

“To go into the 18th week of the season and still not know how many sides will go down from our league is a pretty unique situation.

“We will be looking no further than going to Marshfield and trying to get those five points we need, because even if three go down, we are nowhere near that equation.

“It’s going to be a tough game, Marshfield are a very good team and they gave us a whooping at our place.

“That was our first heavy defeat of the campaign, they have some very good cricketers but are prone to the odd lapse in concentration.

“On their day they are as good as anybody in this league so it will be a tough game of cricket.”

Following their return to WEPL Wiltshire this season, Beasant admits he has felt disappointed by his players as their season has petered out despite a good start to the campaign.

“We tailed off a little bit in the second half of the year, but if you said to me we would be in WEPL Wiltshire next year, we would have taken that,” he added.

Elsewhere, Purton play host to Great Bedwyn at the weekend, while Swindon finish their campaign at Marlborough.