DEVIZES captain Tom Grant has set his sights on finishing the WEPL Wiltshire season with two more wins after a two-wicket success over Marshfield on Saturday kept them third in the table.

Grant’s men are 25 points behind second-placed Marshfield ahead of this weekend’s penultimate game at home to Marlborough, while just 11 points separates third from seventh.

Although a runners-up finish behind runaway leaders Trowbridge looks a long shot, Grant hopes to avoid defeat over the final fortnight to see his side finish as high as possible.

“I am very pleased with how the season has gone, we have exceeded our expectations by a massive amount,” said Grant.

“We are definitely targeting two wins from the final two games. To finish second would be great but if not, we will settle for third – we definitely don’t want to finish lower than where we are now.”

Runs were hard to come by for both sides at the weekend, with Devizes restricting Marshfield to 150 all out after the visitors opted to bat first. Tim Saye took three wickets, while Todd Richardson’s 62 was the top score with the bat.

Thomas Lamb tried his best to stagnate the Devizes reply with figures of 4-29 but a battling unbeaten 48 from Saye saw them home in the 42nd over, finishing on 153-8.

“The wicket was a bit wet and when they won the toss, I was delighted that they chose to bat as I wanted to bowl first anyway,” said Grant.

“We had them in trouble at 4-3 early on and we bowled really well right through the innings. We kept it tight and didn’t give them the chance to score any easy runs.

“It wasn’t the biggest target in the world but we were eight wickets down when we finally did get there, so it was still tough to bat on in the second innings.

“We slipped to 114-8 and at that stage, I thought we had blown it but Tim batted brilliantly at the end to get us over the line.”

The division’s bottom two sides, Calne and Great Bedwyn, look destined to be playing Wiltshire League cricket next season after another defeat each at the weekend.

Royal Wootton Bassett’s Ben Batchelor blew Calne away by taking 5-9 as Sean Adams’ side fell to an eight-wicket defeat at home.

A total of 125 was never going to be enough and Neilon Joseph’s 69 helped Bassett past the winning post inside 25 overs, finishing on 126-2.

Marlborough’s Paul Smith was just as much of a nuisance for Great Bedwyn as they lost by seven wickets on the road.

Smith’s 5-22 restricted Bedwyn to 136 all out despite 58 from Neil Maycock and Marlborough made light work of the reply, reaching 139-3 in 28 overs.