WORTHING Cricket Club captain Michael Gould believes Saturday’s defeat at Glynde & Beddingham may be a blessing in disguise and a wake-up call for his side.
Worthing had won their previous six Sussex League Division 2 matches but lost at Glynde on Saturday by six wickets and Gould said: “We got thrashed and they put us to the sword.
“We turned up and the wicket looked a little bit green but we thought it would be okay to bat on after the new ball did a bit early on.
“They bowled really well, though, and after the sun and wind during the afternoon, the wicket played really well in their innings.
“We actually did really well to scrape up to 150 but it was never going to be enough and around 250 would have been a good score on that wicket.
“Hindsight is great when thinking if we should have bowled first but I thought our best chance of winning was by batting first and it backfired.
“They’re a very strong side and are probably the strongest we’ve faced.
“We’re still in a great position and this is a good wake-up call and could be a blessing in disguise.
“We haven’t won anything yet. We’ve got two home games against Lewes and Ifield now and, if we can win both of those, we’ll be very close.
“That would give us 10 wins and in the last five years, teams who have won 10 games have gone up.”
Gould top-scored with a run-a-ball 38 as Worthing were all out for 151 in 39.5 overs.
Andy Reid added 32, while George Hobden took 7-61.
Glynde skipper Dominic Shepheard hit 60 in his side’s reply and put on 90 for the second wicket with Robert Mouland (35), which took the game beyond Worthing.
Tom Chambers picked up two wickets in four overs for Worthing as Glynde reached their target in 43.3 overs.
Worthing are now 62 points clear of second-placed Haywards Heath, who lost to Bexhill on Saturday, and 64 points ahead of third-placed Glynde but have played a game more than both.
Opening batsman Dominic Clapp and vice-captain Darryl Rebbetts both return for Worthing at home to Lewes on Saturday.