Roffey told to win final game and relish being champions

DM157962a.jpg Cricket: Billingshurst v Roffey (batting). Josh Flemming left and Theo Rivers. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150829-213505008
DM157962a.jpg Cricket: Billingshurst v Roffey (batting). Josh Flemming left and Theo Rivers. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150829-213505008

Roffey captain Josh Fleming has told his players to go out and win their final game and relish in being crowned Sussex League champions for the second year running.

The reigning champions will lift the Premier Division crown if they beat relegation-threatened Middleton by 26 points or more at Crawley Road on Saturday.

Their 96-run win over Billingshurst last weekend has put Roffey to within touching distance of their second-ever top-flight title.

The title race is down to just two teams now with second-placed East Grinstead - who are plying Horsham - in contention just four points behind Roffey.

Fleming meanwhile is hoping the weather stays clear and his side can continue their fine form to take the title - with or without a little help from rivals Horsham.

He said: “It is in our own hands, if we take 30 points we know we are champions, but with that, Middleton need 30 points to stay up.

“They are a good side and have won three or four of their last five, we know it will be a tough game but we have to go out and do what we have to do.

“We will approach it the same as normal as we know nothing is won yet, we will be training as normal this week.

“It will be a great achievement whatever happens. We have had a great season as we already have more points than last year and got to the last eight of the cup, but obviously we want to cap it with a win.

“We also hope Horsham do us a favour and beat East Grinstead as we know they can, but we have got to do what we have got to do - win our game with 26 points. We have won 14 games this season and we have now got to go and win one more.”

Action in Roffey’s decider is set to get underway at 11.30am on Saturday.