PURTON stand-in captain, Callum Wright is hoping his side can ‘steal a victory’ when they host mid-table Warminster on Saturday.

WEPL Wiltshire’s table dwellers claimed their first win in five games last weekend as they narrowly edged out Potterne 2nd by 11 runs to keep pace with the relegation-threatened sides above them.

Wright’s side are set to welcome back club captain Luke Whittaker from suspension as they look to build on their nail-biting victory against Potterne last week.

And Purton will be hoping to produce a more respectable showing than in the reverse fixture when Bradley Parry’s 92 led Warminster to victory by eight wickets.

Now in mid-table and also coming off the back of a win, Warminster will present Wright’s team with a difficult task when they visit the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, but the young keeper-batsman has set his sights on competing until the end in order to poach an unlikely victory.

“Obviously, we’d like to continue in this fine form so we can move forwards again and not backwards,” said Wright.

“Warminster are a very strong side, and we’ve always had competitive games against them.

“They’re in a similar position to us, having key players missing, so hopefully we’ll be involved in another competitive game and we’ll see where we are on Saturday evening.

“We have a young squad, and a problem for us throughout the year has been too much rotation within the squad and a lack of availability.

“We face that problem again this weekend, but hopefully we can compete with a team in the top half of the division and try and steal a victory.”

As well as chasing vital wins however they can be attained, Wright knows an improvement with the bat must be made by most if Purton are to complete the great escape.

Purton have the second-lowest batting points total in WEPL Wiltshire – ahead of Hinton Charterhouse – and have rarely batted out their allotted overs so far this term – something the stand-in skipper knows needs to be improved upon.

Wright said: “We batted in a disciplined manner last week and we saw out most of our innings.

“Previously, we hadn’t done that as often as we’d have liked, and we’d been bowled out having not used all of our overs.

“Protecting our wickets and batting the 50 overs is vital in this league.

“If you do that, naturally, you will see the runs come and more often that not, it will give us a more than defendable total.”