Crucial weekend for Priory hopes

Joynal Ahmed bowls for Hastings Priory during last weekend's draw at home to East Grinstead. Picture by STEVE HUNNISETT (dh31502a)

Joynal Ahmed bowls for Hastings Priory during last weekend's draw at home to East Grinstead. Picture by STEVE HUNNISETT (dh31502a)

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Hastings Priory are gearing up for a key weekend in their defence of the Sussex Cricket League title.

Priory will return to the Premier League summit if they can pull off maximum points victories away to Brighton & Hove today (Saturday) and at home to the Sussex Development XI on Sunday.

“You always want to try and get two wins on your academy weekend because it can be such a big momentum changer,” said Priory captain George Campbell.

Currently in third place, Priory are 27 points behind leaders Horsham and 21 adrift of second-placed Preston Nomads having played the same number of matches as both of the top two.

“Pick up two wins and it’s a completely different table again,” continued Campbell, who scored a half-century with the bat and took three wickets with the ball in last weekend’s draw at home to East Grinstead.

Priory have remained within sight of the leaders despite losing three and failing to win any of their last six league matches, two of which were abandoned.

Campbell added: “As long as we keep doing the right things and keep putting ourselves in the right places, I’m not too worried. We played some decent cricket in patches on Saturday so I’m sure a win is round the corner.”

Priory hope to welcome back John Morgan and Josh Poysden, while for the second week running, Kirk Wernars is on 12th man duty for Sussex in their County Championship match against Worcestershire which is due to end today.

THIS WEEKEND’S SUSSEX LEAGUE 1ST XI CRICKET FIXTURES

Today - Premier League (12.30): BEXHILL v Preston Nomads; Brighton & Hove v HASTINGS PRIORY.

Division 2 (1): SIDLEY v Goring-by-Sea.

Division 3 (East) (1): CROWHURST PARK v Hellingly.

Tomorrow - Premier League (12.30): HASTINGS Priory v Sussex Development XI.