Middleton CC will look to put breathing space between them and the relegation zone when they head to second to bottom Ifield tomorrow (12pm).
Sean Heather’s side have been much improved in recent weeks and know that a win could lift them clear of the bottom two of the Sussex Premier Division.
With Ifield not winning in their past five, third-bottom Middleton have the perfect chance to secure points to ensure they are looking forward rather than behind them for the rest of the season.
On a personal note, Heather will want to keep up his good form. He top-scored with a half century during last weekend’s narrow five wicket loss against Horsham.
After batting first, Middleton made slow progress and reached 198 for eight off 57.5 overs despite the visiting side featuring an attack including Sussex CCC players Goerge Garton and Will Beer. Heather opened and top-scored with 56 with good support from Mahesh Rawat (40) and Jack Dawling (33).
In reply, Middleton’s bowlers chipped away but an unbeaten 65 from Nick Oxley guided Horsham home as time ticked down.