WORTHING Cricket Club captain Luke Vinter said Middleton showed his side the standard they need to be at to gain promotion from Sussex League Division 2.
Worthing dropped to fifth in the table after Saturday’s five-wicket defeat to runaway leaders Middleton and Vinter said: “They are a country mile better than any other team in the division.
“They showed us the standard we need to be at to go up. I’m sure that they’ll go up and will be good enough to stay up in the Premier League as well.
“Realistically, it looks like we’re not ready to go up, although I’m not going to say that we won’t because if we pick up four or five wins in a row, then we could.
“We haven’t quite been good enough this season, even though we’ve been close in a lot of games but Saturday was probably the first time we’ve been thrashed.
“We’ve got a lot of good, young talented players and we’ll aim for a top-half finish and see what happens.”
Worthing were put into bat after losing the toss and were all out for 161 in 42.5 overs.
Matthew Green’s dis- missal for 30, which made the score 58-2, led to a collapse as Worthing slipped to 94-7, before Nick Ballamy boosted the total.
He hit a run-a-ball 60, with nine fours, as he shared a 59-run eighth-wicket stand with Josh Wood (16).
Ballamy starred with the ball as well, as he claimed 3-16 from seven overs but Middleton were always in control in their run chase.
Opening batsmen Sean Heather (55) and Rob Willway (40) put on 84 for the opening wicket, before Jack Lerwill added 28, batting at number three.
Will Fazakerley also took 2-34 for Worthing as Middleton won with several overs to spare.
Vinter added: “Not scoring 200 when you bat first at Worthing means you’re unlikely to win the game.
“Nick batted superbly, though, and then bowled well and Will is a really promising young cricketer, too.”
Worthing travel to local rivals Goring on Saturday.