WARMINSTER skipper Peter Hickerton was instrumental in ensuring his side responded to their defeat to Trowbridge in the perfect manner at the weekend.

Hickerton was disappointed to see his side fall to an eight-wicket defeat at WEPL Wiltshire leaders the week prior, only their second reverse of the campaign.

However, on Saturday, Tristan Lundqvist’s 6-29 in eight overs proved Royal Wootton Bassett’s downfall as they fell 92 runs short against Warminster.

Warminster had earlier amassed 254-8 in their 50 overs, with captain Hickerton scoring 89 and opener Mark Coxon Tenty 67, as Asanka Vithanage took 4-48 for the home side.

But Lundqvist ripped through the reply, Jared McDonald’s 60 the shining light in a losing Bassett cause.

“It was good to bounce back from the defeat to Trowbridge and get back to winning ways,” said Hickerton, who now turns his attentions to a battle of second and third when they host Devizes tomorrow.

“We just wanted to focus on doing the basics well and making sure that everyone played their part.

“The wicket did a bit early on but I think, choosing to bat, was the right decision and gave us a good platform to get a good total.

“From there, we were able to just squeeze them a little bit and that worked well.

“I thought Mark Coxon batted really well and, having gone a few weeks without a score, took a lot of the pressure off of me. Then, guys carried on contributing all the way through.

“They started really positively with the bat but we knew we just needed to take a few early wickets and just put that little bit of pressure on and Tristan bowled brilliantly.

“Devizes are someone we nearly lost to earlier in the season, so we’ll be hoping to put in a strong performance against them.

“They’re a good side and it will be a good game but hopefully we can come away with another win.”

Meanwhile, Trowbridge maintained their 34-point lead at the summit with a seven-wicket success over Purton.

The visitors were restricted to 164 all out in just 31.5 overs, having won the toss and elected to bat, with Matthew Hopkins, 4-56, and Mike Reynolds, 3-22, doing the damage.

Trowbridge made light work of the reply as they raced to their target in 134 deliveries with opener Billy Cookson top scoring with 58 off 42 balls.