WORTHING Cricket Club captain Darryl Rebbetts has called his side’s match at home to lowly Three Bridges on Saturday “must-win”.
Worthing will go into the game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat at Chichester on Saturday, when they took just one point from the match after being bowled out for 108.
Prior to the weekend, Worthing were fourth in the table but have now fallen to seventh and are just 11 points ahead of Three Bridges, who are second from bottom and in the relegation zone.
Rebbetts said: “It’s a must-win game for us on Saturday as we’ve got to keep them down at the bottom with Brighton & Hove.
“We seem to have a game like Saturday’s every six weeks or so and we’ve got to stop it. It makes this week’s game a big one.
“The toss was quite important on Saturday and, obviously, we would have bowled first if we’d won it as it was a green wicket.
“But that’s not an excuse as we should have batted better. I don’t expect us to score anything lower than 175, so it’s disappointing.
“I don’t think we were there mentally on Saturday and we need to prepare a bit better.”
Just four players reached double figures as Worthing were all out for 108 in 34.2 overs. Luke Vinter, who went in at number ten, top-scored with 24, while Michael Gould hit 17, Rebbetts 16 and Andy Reid 15 as Matt Geffen and Richard Browning took three wickets each.
Chichester then raced to victory in 17.1 overs as Ashton Turner smashed 51 not out, with four fours and two sixes, and Mark Bamford struck 38, with five fours and two sixes.