SWINDON skipper Alex Kill says a win over Royal Wootton Bassett was just what his side needed given their recent dip in form.

Without a victory in their last five matches, Swindon had drifted in the WEPL Wiltshire table ahead of the derby match with Bassett, but Kill was able to navigate his outfit to a 66-run win away from home.

After losing the toss, Swindon were forced to bat and with help from Liam Tucker, who was top scorer with an unbeaten 57, the visitors posted a target of 245-7.

When it was their turn to take to the field, it never looked likely that the home side would be able to topple that total as Swindon quickly dispatched them for 179.

Kill led from the front with a five-wicket haul, but the skipper says the overall performance from his players was the highlight.

“I think the most pleasing part for me was the total that we set,” said Kill.

“After a poor performance last week, we bounced back well to put a competitive score on the board.

“A few guys really showed everyone how to apply themselves and dig in when we needed it most and have given us confidence moving into the last few games of the year.

“It was very important as we had slipped down the table and potentially found ourselves in a relegation battle.

“There is now not a lot of difference in points between a large group of teams so the win has made sure we are building momentum and moving up not down.”

Kill’s five-wicket haul earned him much praise, but the Swindon man was quick to highlight the performances of Tucker and Andy Staff as well as the rest of the bowling line-up when assessing their weekend performance.

“I think Liam Tucker and Andy Staff in particular performed well,” he added.

“They are great people to have in your team as they are so reliable and competitive.

“The bring a great attitude every game and it is no surprise that they put on a great partnership when we most needed it and put us in the driving seat.”

“The guys who bowled before me built pressure after Bassett got off to a flier and really controlled the innings well.

“They set the example and the standard every week, I was fortunate enough to reap the rewards of their hard work.”

Purton were also in action this weekend as they claimed a five-wicket win over hosts Devizes.

The visitors won the toss and opted to field, and that turned out to be a good call as they dispatched them for 78.

Santhosh Iyengar, Adam Woolford and Tom Bowler all claimed three wickets each before Bassett hit 79-5 with the bat.