CORSHAM remain in contention to achieve a top three spot in Prem Two Glos/Wilts, despite being restricted to a tie against Biddestone on Saturday.

A last-wicket stand of 40 between Cameron Beath and Chris Baker guided Biddestone to Corsham’s total of 153 before Baker (23) was caught behind off the bowling of Archie Easton, ending a dramatic contest.

The tie means Tom Foley’s troops sit eight points short of third-placed Burbage, who earned all 19 points from their fixture against Lechlade – which the home side failed to field a team for.

Despite conceding 40 runs for the final wicket, Foley conceded that a tie was probably a fair reflection of the game’s outcome.

He said: “We really struggled at the start and luckily got beyond 150 and the same applied to them when they batted. It was quite a strange game.

“We’re looking to win our last game, obviously. But last week helped Burbage a lot as they were down to play Lechlade and got maximum points.

“They’ve gained points there and have probably got enough to secure third spot, but we’re going to push and try to pinch that spot from them.

“A win would certainly help build for next year.”

Corsham made a faltering start to Saturday’s match, slipping to 24-3 with the cheap losses of Adam Mitchell and Joseph King.

A middle-order knock of 40 from Martin Roberts rescued Corsham, who were eventually bowled out for 153.

Biddestone’s reply also saw them make a poor start before Tyrone Isitt’s knock of 39 helped rescue a draw.

It has been a season of mixed fortunes for Corsham having won eight of their 17 fixtures, losing five.

While two additional tied games have made for entertaining play, Foley said a push for promotion next year is part of the club’s long-term plan.

Earning a home win against Dumbleton in the club’s last fixture of the season on Saturday can help spur some inspiration before the winter months kick in.

“The season has gone quite well after the start we had. We were looking to build this year and then push on next season,” said Foley.

“We’ve done well to be where we are in the league.

“Another win will inject a bit more confidence into the lads, and it will go a long way knowing that we’ve achieved a respectable finish when we didn’t play the best we could.”

Elsewhere in Prem Two Glos/Wilts, Burbage’s tie away at Lechlade took place without a ball being bowled.

The match was awarded to Burbage, who picked up 19 league points to remain third.