Johann Brouwer has warned Southwater they are not out of trouble yet despite a four-wicket victory from their ‘must-win’ clash against Hellingly on Saturday.
The home side did make hard work of it after putting Hellingly in and bowling them out for 173, before they eventually got home with 177-6.
In their reply, Southwater had been cruising with openers Alex Harding (30) and skipper for the day Nick Baker (36), before they crashed to 64 without loss to 85-5.
Paul Osborne (32*) and Danny Humphreys (40*) however saw them home with four wickets to spare to lift them to sixth in the table.
Club captain Brouwer said: “We did try our best to try and lose it. We were 80-odd for five chasing 173. If you look back over the years, when we are chasing 160/170 we always try and make hard work of it.
“Before the game Nick thought about batting first as that is our strength, but remembering back to the second game of the season we had them nine down and could not bowl them out.
“We had a chat with the bowlers saying that we had to be disciplined in a must-win game and because we won it, it pushed us up the table a bit.
“We are by no means out of it and have a real battle over the course of the next two or three weeks. They will be crucial to stabilise ourselves in the middle of the table.”
In Hellingly’s innings, James McDonald (34) and Will Hutchings (36) led the way, while Dan Skett claimed 5-39 and James Skett took 3-20.
Baker was gaining experience as skipper due to the likely hood of Brouwer stepping down next year due to family commitments.