POTTERNE captain Ashur Morrison heads into the final match of the Premier One season feeling bitter-sweet about his side’s fortunes despite them being guaranteed a top-four finish.

Morrison’s men have claimed 10 wins so far this summer, although six of those have come in the last seven weeks during a superb end-of-season sequence.

The latest triumph came last weekend in a three-wicket success at home to Wiltshire rivals Goatacre, which sees them head into Saturday’s season finale fourth in the table and still in with a chance of a runners-up finish behind champions Clevedon.

The only blemish on Potterne’s perfect recent card was the wet weather abandonment at home to Taunton St Andrews three weeks ago, with the team having not lost since July 7.

It is a trip to title-winners Clevedon for Potterne to round off the campaign, and Morrison sees no reason why the good times should finish now.

“It has been a really strong finish. We have all come together in the last few weeks and played some really good cricket,” said Morrison.

“I have a few mixed emotions about where we are going to finish.

“Midway through the season, it looked like we might be in a bit of a relegation battle, so to turn that around and go into the final game knowing that we could finish as high as second and no lower than fourth is a great effort.

“But if we had started the season a little bit better, then we could have been up there challenging for the title.

“However, to go unbeaten for seven weeks and get six wins in that time is an outstanding effort from the lads.

“We want to keep that going now and finish on a high. Clevedon are the champions but we know that if we play like we have been doing, we can push them all the way.”

Potterne were grateful for an unbeaten eighth-wicket partnership of 145 between Jake Goodwin (74 not out) and Sahan Wijerathne (71 not out) in the win at Goatacre.

Brad Dawson (73) and Joe Breet (52) helped the Goats reach 242 before being bowled out, with Wijerathne picking up four wickets and Jake Roberts and Basil Akram claiming three each.

Potterne’s reply got off to a poor start as they slipped to 67-6 in the face of good bowling from Matthew House (5-29), but after Goodwin and Wijerathne came together, Morrison’s men marched serenely to a winning 246-7 with eight balls to spare.

Morrison added: “It didn’t look like we were going to get there, but it ended up being a really good run chase.”