Two wins not good enough

30/4/11- Bexhill Cricket Club.  Malcolm Johnson.  Photo by Steve Hunnisett.
30/4/11- Bexhill Cricket Club. Malcolm Johnson. Photo by Steve Hunnisett.

Hamish Russell admits he is slightly disappointed with the first half of Bexhill Cricket Club’s season.

Bexhill are in seventh place, albeit level on points with sixth-placed Goring By Sea, but are nearer the two relegation places than the two promotion spots in Sussex Division Two.

First team manager Russell said: “I’m a touch disappointed to be honest. I thought we would be higher than we are. There have been a couple of occasions where we’ve been unlucky, but we’ve probably only got ourselves to blame.

“Two wins out of nine at halfway isn’t really good enough, it really should be five. We’ve got to look to draw on our experience and learn from what’s happened so far. If we don’t, we risk getting dragged into a situation where we don’t want to be.”

Bexhill will begin the reverse fixtures tomorrow (Saturday) by making the long journey across the county to face a bottom-of-the-table Stirlands side which they comfortably beat by 142 runs on the opening day.

“It’s certainly a game we can’t afford to lose,” continued Russell. “The journey can take it out of you, but we’re going there with a lot of confidence with the bat (having amassed 248-1 against Goring last weekend).

“Stirlands don’t seem to be the side they were a couple of years ago, but they’re getting stronger. It’s a game we’re targeting. We’re going to be favourites and I hope we come back with 30 points.”

One positive for Bexhill this season has been the continuity of their selection and they again expect to take a similar side to the West Sussex village of Birdham.

Russell added: “We’ve got a really tight unit. They’re all so keen, it’s not for the lack of trying that we’re not winning games.”