LECHLADE were pulled back into the Premier One relegation battle as they collapsed to a 179-run defeat at fourth-placed Frocester on Saturday.

While Corsham were confirmed as one of the two sides heading through the trapdoor, the villagers host Bristol this coming weekend still with their destiny in their own hands, but looking uncomfortably over their shoulders.

Missing Jack Taylor, who was unavailable, and without overseas player Brad Dial, who had to return to South Africa for family reasons, Lechlade lost the toss for the 14th time this season and faced an afternoon in the field.

Joe Breet bowled a good opening spell and removed Ross Martin for nine but Uzi Qureshi (91) batted superbly while the Lechlade attack lacked penetration as Frocester progressed at a comfortable five an over.

While Lechlade picked up useful bowling points, Gloucestershire’s Chris Liddle hit a rapid 39 not out to boost Frocester’s total to 273-8 in their 50 overs.

None of Lechlade batsmen were able to cope with the potent Frocester bowling attack of Liddle (2-25), Ross Martin (1-11) and Vimukthi Perera (3-23).

James Palmer (19) and Benny Ellis (13) provided brief resistance but Lechlade were bowled out for a disappointing 94 in 28 overs to leave their league fate to be decided in the final throes of the campaign.