Video: Priory can’t afford any more slip-ups

  • Hastings Priory 10 points outside two promotion places
  • Priory have won one of their last five games
  • Hastings have four matches remaining
  • Campbell and Hooper unavailable for visit of Ifield tomorrow
  • Gillespie also struggling with thumb injury
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Ian Gillespie admits that Hastings Priory’s cricketers can ill-afford any more slip-ups in their stuttering bid for promotion.

Priory are now 10 points outside the two Sussex Cricket League Division Two promotion places with four matches remaining having won just one of their last five games.

Influential all-rounder Elliot Hooper is unavailable for Hastings Priory's visit from Ifield tomorrow. Picture courtesy Jon Rigby

Influential all-rounder Elliot Hooper is unavailable for Hastings Priory's visit from Ifield tomorrow. Picture courtesy Jon Rigby

First team coach Gillespie said: “I think it’s getting to the stage now where we’ve probably got to look at four wins.

“Obviously we’re 10 points adrift of the promotion places now and it’s not in our hands so that in itself puts us under pressure. All we can do is focus on trying to play good cricket throughout and trying to win the games.”

What’s more, key all-rounders George Campbell and Elliot Hooper are unavilable for the visit from Ifield tomorrow (Saturday), and batsman Tom Gillespie may have broken his thumb against St James’s Montefiore last weekend.

“If he’s not 100% we’ll be very short of top order batting on Saturday for what’s going to be a really key game,” added Gillespie.

I think it’s getting to the stage now where we’ve probably got to look at four wins.

Ian Gillespie

Although Priory were comfortable winners in the reverse fixture, Ifield have won their last four matches to rise into the top five. Play is due to start at 12.30pm.

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