OLD Southendian & Southchurch know victory in their SNEL Division Two clash with Hutton is important as they look to close the gap on the leaders.

Hutton, in second, risk pulling away along with top dogs Hainault & Clayhall with a win.

And Old Boys captain Matt Wilson is determined to stop that from happening, after they suffered a surprising reverse against Basildon & Pitsea last weekend.

“There is a bit of pressure on us. We have not had a good run of results although last week’s performance was pretty good but the little moments are costing us,” he said.

“Hutton’s overseas player Vivian Paver has hit some quick big scores and in these 50-over games you want these guys out.

“The victories are very important. We haven’t lost and I think they haven’t been a lot better than us.

“On the day we need to hit form and we should be competing hard in every game.

“One game it will all come together and I hope that is tomorrow.”

Victory against Old Southendian lifted Basildon out of the drop zone and handed them their first win of the season in the process.

They will now hope to make it consecutive home victories as Oakfield Parkonians drop in.

And captain Michael Gray knows the significance of securing the points after last weekend’s win.

“It was a really good game and we were desperate for that to boost morale,” he said.

“We had been staying positive but winning is the best formula.

“Old Parks are another team that is around us. We are into 50-over cricket now and we need to carry on from last weekend’s win.

Basildon are without Dan Bedford and Rob Davies, although Gary Ayres and Jon Bonnett return.

Wickford drew their fourth match in five last weekend, having been frustrated by a final-wicket stand from Fives & Heronians.

They face a match against Hainault & Clayhall tomorrow, knowing draws must be turned into victories sooner rather than later.

Horndon-on-the-Hill have lost all five matches so far. Can they stop the rot against Fives?