WORTHING Cricket Club captain Darryl Rebbetts is hoping that once his side shake the losing habit things will soon pick up.
Hastings’ three-wicket victory at the Manor Ground on Saturday was Worthing’s fifth straight defeat and ninth of the season.
This form has left them at the foot of the Sussex League Premier Division table, but Rebbetts is hoping the worry of being at the foot of the table can help them to safety.
Worthing were boosted by having Sussex’s Matt Machan available to them on Saturday but even he could not inspire them to victory.
Machan and Michael Gould both arrived late and went in down the order, hitting 41 and 32 respectively, after a top-order wobble.
Ian Gooding also added 33 and Luke Vinter an unbeaten 16 as Worthing were all out for 166.
In reply, Leo Cammish top-scored with 37, assisted by Adam Maharaj-Newman, with 35, as Hastings got home for the loss of seven wickets.
Rebbetts said: “It was pretty disappointing again on Saturday. We were looking to go into the second half of the season with a bit of a kick start, but we have not really been able to do that.
“It will come down to the matches we play against the teams around us.
“You are always a bit worried when you’re down at the bottom, but I think that can be a good thing as well as it helped us to get out of trouble last year.
“It was disappointing no one really kicked on again on Saturday. We needed someone to score 80 or more to set a big target.
“We always like to get over 200 but we have to look to Saturday and East Grinstead now.
“I do not think that Matt Machan will be available, he’ll be with Sussex for the Australia game, but other than that we’re pretty strong.
“We have got to keep going. Losing has become a bit of a habit but once we get one win, we can kick on from there.”