CORSHAM skipper Ashur Morrison has urged his players to put the past behind them as they look to kick-start their survival bid in Premier One.

The Station Road men slumped to their eighth defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost by 19 runs against fellow strugglers Lechlade.

That loss has left Corsham 21 points adrift of safety with seven games of the season remaining – starting with a visit from second-placed Clevedon on Saturday.

“We have to forget the previous weeks – our season starts now,” Morrison said.

“We can either look forward and try and improve or we can keep going as we are and get relegated.

“We have got enough talent in this squad to stay up (but) we just need to take responsibility for our wickets a bit more.

“Last year we had Mike Coles, Nick Harrison and Dwaine Fielding. You lose them you lose 1,000 runs and 50 wickets so it is always going to be tough to replace.

“We have brought in Remano (Esau) this year and he has performed brilliantly, we just all need to step up.”

Against Lechlade, Corsham did well to dismiss their fellow strugglers for 182 with Vibhor Yadav picking up 4-35, while the hosts’ wicketkeeper Brad Dial top-scored with 68.

Morrison’s men looked well set victory at 130-3 with Steve Bullen top-scoring with 73.

However, the bottom seven batsmen could only muster 30 runs between them as they were bowled out for 163 in 39 overs.

“It was disappointing to lose how we did,” Morrison said. “It is the same old story where we are not taking responsibility for our wicket.

“If one or two had gone to hit 30 runs then we would have won. Steve Bullen batted really well.

“We were all pretty down after the game so it wasn’t the time for any angry statements – we have to stick together.”

Potterne continue to struggle for form as they fell to a 125-run home defeat to Bedminster.

After winning the toss, Neil Clark invited Bedminster to bat first as they didn’t need asking twice as they posted 324-7 from their 50 overs with former England international Mark Alleyne unbeaten on a 57-ball 74.

Requiring six-and-a-half an over from the beginning, Potterne were always up against it and lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 199 with Sahan Wijerathne top scoring with 66.