Vale planning to 'relax and enjoy' finale
BOURTON Vale will be treating their final Gloucestershire Division tie of the season against Apperley like a cup final, says captain Tom Arkell.
Their 41-run defeat at the hands of Hatherley and Reddings last weekend was their first defeat since mid-July, although a turbulent season means they currently lie in eighth place in the table.
Arkell said his side will be looking to put a few things right in tomorrow's fixture.
"This fixture is a one-off for us," he said.
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"We will erase everything that has gone before, and it is our chance to end the season with a win.
"We are going to relax and enjoy it, and will be fielding the same team as last week.
"We could have done better this season, but the rain affected us in two matches we could and should have won, against Cinderford and Charlton Kings."
Hatherley will introduce several new players into the side against Charlton Kings tomorrow.
First-team regular Will Clark and bowling sensation Mumtaz Habib are unavailable for the final match of the season.
Skipper Andre Soma will use the game to give second-string players Andy Hamilton and Dan Midwinter some first-team experience, in the search for their tenth league win of the term.
Soma said: "Charlton Kings have a small ground so we will be looking to bowl well to restrict them.
"We have been batting well recently, so hopefully we will continue to do so, and will be able to pull off another win, and stay in third.
"But we will miss Mumtaz. He is our opening bowler, he bats mid-order and he has been a good addition to our team."
Hatherley defeated Bourton Vale by 41 runs at home, but the match was not without controversy.
Bourton skipper Arkell filed an official report about the state of the North Park wicket, and Soma admits it was a tough pitch to bat on.
Last season's County League champions Corse and Staunton will complete a rewarding season in the Gloucestershire Division by hosting Bredon tomorrow.