CORSHAM skipper Tom Foley reflected on his side’s Premier Two Glos/Wilts campaign with a touch of wishful thinking, following a convincing six-wicket final day victory over Dumbleton.

Saturday’s win was Corsham’s ninth of the season and ensured Foley’s troops ended the season fourth in the table.

However having suffered three losses in their opening five games, 2018 was perhaps a year of ‘what could have been’ for Corsham – although Foley insists he was more than pleased with his side’s efforts throughout the summer.

He said: “Earning nine wins and two ties isn’t too bad really, especially after losing three of the first five games.

“Overall, we’re very pleased. There was big change for us after last season with players leaving – and I think that didn’t help our slow start.

“We were still rebuilding and everyone was still getting to know each other. Thankfully we gelled and got the basics right, which was good, and we ended up beating both Cheltenham and Thornbury, who finished first and second. We really weren’t that far away.”

Corsham’s concluding fixture of the season started in steady fashion as Dumbleton’s top five batsmen recorded 130 runs between them.

But only Kyle Hodnett could pass double figures in the Dumbleton tail as Corsham pegged the visitors back to 218.

Openers Tom Smith (0) and Martin Roberts (one) fell cheaply in reply, but half-centuries for Sam Collier (82 not out), Richard Foley (52) and Adam Mitchell (50) rescued the situation as they reached their target with 10 overs to spare.

“We were lucky to drag them back to the score they posted,” said Foley.

“Sam Collier batted really well, he was well-supported by Richard Foley and Adam Mitchell – it made for a nice chase in the end.

“Once there’s a bit of confidence in the team, you can find yourself in a good place in this league.

“Had we been competing earlier in the season, we would have finished a bit higher. But that’s wishful thinking.

“Hopefully we can sort things out in time for next season and push again. You never know in this league, you have to take things game by game.”

Elsewhere, Burbage secured a top-three spot after earning a comfortable victory against Rockhampton.

David Cope’s men batted first and posted a below-par 186-9, with opener Duncan Lorrain (62) top scoring with Adam Lavis (42) providing support.

Rockhampton could only total 113 from 44 overs in reply, handing Burbage the win.

Biddestone also played, they managed to defeat bottom club Westbury by five wickets after the hosts were bowled out for 108.