Rudge: Frocester will find their form again
WINLESS Frocester have been backed to come good in Premier One this season – by the captain of tomorrow's opponents.
Last week's two-wicket defeat at the hands of Downend kept Nick Trainor's side rooted to the foot of Premier One and still searching for their first league victory of the summer.
Trainor starred with the bat, hitting 90 in a competitive total of 225 for eight, but the hosts squeezed home with two overs to spare.
Tomorrow's visitors to Pounds Close are Bristol, who are skippered by former Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Rudge.
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And he is expecting a stern examination from Trainor's men, who are normally among the front-runners in the West of England Premier League's top tier.
Rudge said: "I spoke to Nick not long ago and I know he is playing a lot of kids in the firsts this year, having lost a few experienced players.
"They are very much looking to the future, and I think it says a lot that their second team are top of their league.
"It is a bit surprising to see them struggling but I don't think they will end up there – there are still talented match winners in their team in the likes of Nick and Jackson Thompson.
"We're aiming to win the league, and if we want to do that we need to win pretty much every game between now and the end of the season.
"But Frocester is never an easy place to go and we certainly won't be underestimating them."
Frocester are still without Gloucestershire left-hander Michael Beard, who is recovering from glandular fever, so name an unchanged XI for tomorrow's match.
Bristol have managed three wins from four completed league games this term but were redundant last weekend due to the cancellation of their fixture against Bath.
As well as Rudge they have two other former first-class performers in their ranks in all-rounder Roger Sillence and leg-spinner Matt Gitsham – although the latter now plays as a specialist batsman.
Rudge said: "We've got a strong group together this year, and they all have strong connections with the club and are desperate to do well.
"The weather has been the only downside as we've never really managed to get a run of games together to create some momentum."
Rudge must do without seamer Rhys Williams and all-rounder Jack Taylor, who is on Twenty20 duty with Gloucestershire.
FROCESTER: N. Trainor (capt), J. Thompson, K. Smith, S. Bracey (wkt), T. Wand, A. Davis, O. Jones, S. Birch, J. Gilchriest, T. Furley, R. Cave.