Skipper throws down gauntlet to Sarisbury strugglers

Key men Sam Floyd, left, and Lewis Mitchard
Key men Sam Floyd, left, and Lewis Mitchard
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Sarisbury Athletic II captain Jon Floyd admits his team have to start winning if they are to survive their first year in Hampshire League division one.

With just one victory to their name so far, the Allotment Road side have found it a bit of a struggle after last season’s promotion.

Life doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they welcome fourth-placed Ventnor II.

Last week’s comprehensive defeat at fellow-strugglers Hook & Newnham Basics was a massive disappointment for Floyd.

The loss of leading run-scorer Tre Manders, who has returned to play cricket in Bermuda for a month, is another blow.

Despite this the skipper remains convinced his team possess the quality to stay up.

‘The next month is crucial for us,’ said Floyd.

‘We play three derbies in this period and at the end of it will have a good idea of our fate.

‘It is time to step up our game and start doing ourselves justice.

‘Losing Tre is a disappointment because he has already scored somewhere in the region of 300 runs this season.

‘We have players, though, who are easily capable of filling the gap.

‘It is just a case of going out there and playing to our full potential.’

At Hook & Newnham Basics, Sarisbury had the home side on the ropes only to let them back into the game.

The hosts were struggling on 57 for six when the visitors took their foot off the pedal and allowed them to post 240.

After the interval, Sarisbury’s reply was a disaster as Floyd’s team found themselves bowled out for just 125.

‘Our batting wasn’t good enough and we let ourselves down badly,’ said the captain.

‘We were also poor in the field and that is something we need to address quickly.

‘At the moment we are not putting our opponents under enough pressure when we get on top.’

In the next few weeks Floyd needs his young, talented middle-order pair Lewis Mitchard and Sam Floyd to fire on all cylinders.

Both are capable of hitting big runs behind experienced opening batsmen Chris Mottola and Colin Day.

After working hard to earn promotion, Jon Floyd regards it unthinkable for them to go straight back down. He remains defiant.

He said: ‘There are no outstanding teams in this league and on our day we are capable of beating any of them.

‘At the start of the season we went close to beating Shrewton who are unbeaten at the top.

‘Ventnor are a good side but there is no reason why we should fear them playing on our own ground.

‘We have the quality and talent in our team to win this game.

‘It is up to us to go out there and do the business.’

Sarisbury Athletic II: Chris Mottola, Colin Day, Sam Floyd, Lewis Mitchard, Michael Bond, Josh Stewart-Hill, Dan Clouting, Sean O’Toole, Cam Pye, Tom Kitcher, Jon Floyd