CORSHAM now sit bottom of the Premier One standings after a batting collapse saw them lose at home to Downend.

Skipper Ashur Morrison, who elected to bat, was the club’s highest scorer of the day with a tally of 58 off of 79 balls.

After a decent start, which saw the hosts get to a steady 130-5, a poor showing with the bat saw them collapse to 156 all out.

When they took to the field, the visitors showed little trouble reaching the target they had been set, as Patrick Grieshaber’s 66 helped them on their way to a tally of 157-7, handing the home side a three-wicket defeat.

With three wins out of 10 so far this campaign, Corsham are 18 points away from eighth placed Lechlade, who are just out of the relegation zone, but Morrison remains confident his troops can turn it around.

“I won the toss and elected to bat because conditions looked perfect for batting, it was a flat wicket and a sunny day, so I thought we could capitalise on that,” said Morrison.

“We got off to an okay start and when I got out, we had a batting collapse. I think most people know that 156 was never going to be good enough.

“We need a bit more application with the bat, more resilience and I can’t see why we can’t start winning more games.

“It’s only two or three decent victories and you can be sitting pretty in mid-table, instead of bottom of the league.

“I’m not too worried about the league position at the moment, I would just like our batsmen to value their wicket a little bit more.”

Next up for Corsham is a trip to fellow strugglers Lechlade, and Morrison is under no illusions it’s a must win game for his side.

“I think the game at the weekend is pretty much a cup final for both clubs,” added the Corsham skipper.

“If we have any ambitions of staying up, we have to beat the teams who are in and around the relegation zone.

“We have no choice other than to beat Lechlade at the weekend.

“You’re going to be disappointed being bottom-of-the-league, but I wouldn’t say morale is low, I think we are just frustrated with ourselves.”