Eastbourne face their biggest test of the season so far on Saturday as they travel to a star-studded Horsham side with Premier League title aspirations.
With the likes of South African professional Travis Muller in their ranks, as well as Sussex’s Will Beer and former Somerset leg-spinner Michael Munday, captain Mark Tomsett says his players must improve after a flat display last weekend, which saw them draw with strugglers Bexhill.
“Last week we bowled poorly for 30 overs and we were flat in the field,” he said.
“I had a stern word with the players, however, and they did manage to turn things around.
“Horsham are a fantastic side and we are going to have to be at our very best to beat them.”
Despite the daunting prospect of facing one of the league’s big-hitters, the skipper said his players were loving life among the county’s elite teams.
He is refusing to write off their chances this weekend and insists his players are ready for the test.
They have lacked some mental toughness, though, and he urged his players to address it.
“We’ve got a young group of players who really want to do well and we are confident,” Tomsett added.
“I want us to toughen up but I’ve no doubt we’ll win games with the talent we’ve got.”