Lechlade skipper Freddie Martin says the win over Corsham was just what his side needed as they looked to distance themselves from the Premier One relegation places.

Corsham, who were bottom of the pile at the start of the game, won the toss and elected to make Martin’s troops bat first.

After making a pedestrian start, Brad Dial and Harvey Jupp did well to nudge the home side’s total to a defendable score of 182.

Dial chipped in with 68, before he was caught out by Remano Esau, while 15-year-old Jupp registered an unbeaten 34.

When they took to the field, Lechlade were far more impressive, dispatching the visitors for a total of 163 and claiming a 19-run win in the process.

“We let ourselves down with the bat at the start of the day, we gave away a few easy wickets, but Brad Dial and Harvey Jupp batted very well to set us a defendable target,” said Martin.

“The fightback from the guys was amazing. We know that we can win from any position, we’ve got a young side and everyone is confident we can win from anywhere and that really showed.

“We knew with Corsham being at the bottom of the league table we couldn’t really afford to lose to them.

“Brad stood out as he always does and Harvey was absolutely fantastic with the bat, he’s only 15 and is starting to do it with the bat and the ball now.

“We have an average age of 21 so it is a really good place to be and everyone is getting better.”

Following the win, Martin’s side have been elevated to sixth place, and the Lechlade man sees no reason why they can’t now start to climb the table with just 12 points separating fourth and eighth.

“It was a great result for us, especially as Corsham are another side who are in the relegation battle, so it was just what we needed,” added Martin.

“It’s massively important to beat the teams who are around you. Bath and Clevedon have run away with it at the top, but we are only 13 points off of third place.

“The rest of the table is so bunched up so we have to beat anyone who is around us.”