Sidley must improve and quick

Chris Deeprose (bowler) is set to return for Sidley, but wicketkeeper Paul Thompson is unavailable
Chris Deeprose (bowler) is set to return for Sidley, but wicketkeeper Paul Thompson is unavailable
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Sidley must improve quickly if they are to stay in Sussex Cricket League Division Two.

That’s the view of captain John Haffenden with Sidley having reached the midway point of the season 38 points adrift at foot of the table.

Haffenden said: “We’re just not good enough at the moment and we’ve got to start stepping up otherwise we’re going to find ourselves relegated pretty soon.”

Given their present predicament, the last thing Sidley need is a trip to runaway leaders Three Bridges tomorrow (Saturday).

An established Premier League club for many years until being relegated in 2011, Bridges are bang on course for an instant return to the top flight as they hold a 56-point lead at the top of the table.

“We’ve either got to get some team spirit back and want to do it for each other or we might as well give up now,” continued Haffenden.

“It’s not nice travelling around Sussex week in, week out getting hammered. I feel at the moment we’re like the mugs of the league. We’ve not bowled a side out and no-one’s going to worry about playing us.”

Paul Thompson is unavailable for the trip to Crawley and Haffenden is struggling with a sprained lower back, although Chris Deeprose and Ian May are due to return.