Middleton CC’s top four credentials will be put to the test as they welcome third-place Preston Nomads to Sea Lane tomorrow (11.30am).
Sean Heather’s side have impressed throughout the summer, racking up five victories from 13 matches so far to sit comfortably in the top half of the Sussex Premier Division.
With five matches of the campaign to go, Middleton will now want to step up their game – starting tomorrow against perennial title contenders Nomads tomorrow.
The visitors have struggled of late, winning just one of their last four in the league.
Middleton have a similar record with both sides having their matches washed out due to the weather last time out.
Heather’s outfit head into the game knowing though that victory could lift them into a top three spot entering into the last month of the season.
Central to any victory will be the form of overseas player Mahesh Rawat who has been imperious with the bat so far, averaging more than 150 in the Premier Division after scoring five 50s and two centuries in his 11 innings.
Heather, too, has been a good performer, sitting fifth in the divisional batting standings as he averages more than 50 with the bat after an unbeaten 144 earlier in the season.
Elsewhere, In Division Three West, Pagham remain well and truly in the promotion hunt after an excellent win over Steyning last weekend.
While other sides had their matches called off, Stuart Hanks’ side took advantage, reducing the home side to 178-4 off 40 overs.
In reply, Pagham recovered from 17-2 to reach the total with more than three overs in hand.
Much of this was down to an uneaten half-century from Nick Smith, who hit four sixes in his 74. That win means there is just one point separating the top three with five matches to go.
Next up is a visit from second-place Roffey Seconds tomorrow (12.30pm).