Lechlade looking for five in a row

Lechlade's Arran Dickinson

Lechlade's Arran Dickinson

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LECHLADE will be looking to extend their winning run in the WEPL Wiltshire Division to five matches when they make the trip to Malmesbury on Saturday.

The Manor Ground outfit have been in sensational form of late, inspired by devastating batting from Arran Dickinson and the experienced bowling of player-coach Luke Sellers and wiley campaigner Paul Godding.

Table-topping Marshfield’s lead at the division’s summit has been cut to just seven points thanks to four victories on the trot, and now Sellers is confident his team can take top spot in the coming weeks.

He said: “The depth and quality of the first and second-team squads this year in fantastic, and the fact that we can make such changes and replace injured and non-available players with such quality speaks volumes about the standard of players we now have at the club.

“We are not a one or two-man team. You only have to look at the individual statistics to see that.

“We not only have the leading run scorer in the division in Arran Dickinson, but have three of our other batsmen in the top 15.

“The same can be said of the bowling, we have the leading wicket taker so far this season in Paul Godding but also three others in the top 15 in the bowling averages.”

Lechlade will make two changes to their side this weekend, with Paul Loxton replacing injured bowler Tristan Hawkes and Will Bowers making way for Anthony Pettifer.

Meanwhile, Swindon skipper Paul Paginton blamed his side’s lack of intensity in the field for their 54-run defeat to Chipping Sodbury last weekend, but he is hopeful of putting things right when they travel to Cheltenham, a side who currently sit top of the Glos/Wilts Division, tomorrow.

“We were not good enough in the field and that is something we have to improve on,” he said.

“We have worked on it in training and it is something we will have to get right, because it is a vital part of winning games of cricket.

“Cheltenham are a good side and have played very well to be top of the league, but we can go there and put everything right.

“We have not had all aspects of our game going well at the same time this season, but if we can do that we can win.”

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