Season to forget for Trainor's men
FROCESTER ended a damp squib of a season with defeat against old rivals Bath – the only consolation being their continued Premier One status.
Nick Trainor's side have managed only two wins this summer following an exodus of senior players, but they will be hoping for much better in 2013 after finishing one place above the drop zone.
There was plenty at stake for both sides at Pounds Close, with Bath hoping to collect enough points to pip Bridgwater to the league title.
They eventually had to settle for second spot, but rounded their campaign off on a high thanks to a 48-run triumph.
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Bath skipper Robin Lett opted to bat first after winning the toss, and 42 runs were on the board when Ben Staunton (20) was caught by Dan Whincup off Tom Furley.
Two calls later Furley struck again, uprooting the stumps of Lloyd Davies (0), and it was 73 for three when Harry Rouse (5) was caught and bowled by Sam Birch.
Lett was proving to be Bath's bedrock, and he had reached 52 not out when Sam Mount (18) picked out Trainor in the field to give Richard Cave a wicket.
Skipper Lett eventually perished for 87, Jackson Thompson the catcher off Dan Whincup, but another half-century by Will Jenkins held up Frocester again.
He fell victim to Birch, while Tom Stayt (7) and Adam Kelly (7) were undone by Olly Jones and Luke Padgett (13) was pinned leg before by Whincup.
But Bath felt confident enough to declare on 233 for nine after 44.3 overs.
The hosts made a decent start to their reply, openers Trainor and Thompson putting on 51 with the aid of some crisp boundaries.
Their stand was broken by ex-Gloucestershire seamer Stayt, Thompson departing for 36 off 37 deliveries, and it was 52 for two when Kieran Smith (0) was bowled by Davies.
Regular wickets fell thereafter, as Trainor (24), Tom Wand (42) and Sam Bracey (31) all failed to convert promising knocks into match-winning contributions.
Kelly went on to record figures of three for 33 from 10 overs, with Michael Beard (22) the last Frocester batsman to register a score of note.
The home side ended on 185 for seven, having at least seen out the full 50-over allocation and collected enough points to keep their heads above water.