LECHLADE’S Liam Smith says he and his teammates are fully prepared for ‘one of the biggest games in the club’s history’ this weekend, when they host league-leaders Bath on Saturday.

The visitors will travel to Lechlade in formidable form, with 10 wins from the 12 so far in their Premier One campaign.

Only the elements prevented them from making it five on the spin, as their fixture with Frocester was cancelled at the weekend.

The Manor Ground side also saw the weather hamper proceedings with Potterne, as they had their fixture abandoned, with the hosts at 138-1 in just 21 overs before the conditions intervened.

Despite Lechlade going in as underdogs, Smith thinks believes they have more than ready for the challenge ahead.

“They’re doing well and it is pretty much what everyone expected from them, given their squad of players,” said the former Herefordshire bowler.

“But, at the same time, we haven’t played badly in the last couple of weeks. We were under the cosh a little bit last week against Potterne, but we were backing ourselves.

“We are looking forward to this Saturday, it is one of the biggest games the club will have in its history and we are ready for it.”

With the wet weather threatening again, the strike bowler admits there are both positives and negatives from any delays, but hopes the team can make the most of home advantage.

“The rain delay has left us with mixed feelings. It was bad because we had a win the week before and we wanted to get some momentum,” added Smith. “But, it was good in a way because we can all have a rest. The bowlers have had a rest and the batters have been able to get into the nets.

“So, we have had more time to prepare for this big weekend.

“Coming into the season, we knew it would be crucial for us to pick up as many points as we can at home and that is what we will be looking to do.

“There is no point coming into the league if we aren’t prepared to play the bigger clubs like Bath, we are all up for the challenge. We hope that we can compete and come away with some points.

“We have to be on top of our game in all aspects - especially with the bat.”