Aussie all-rounder Aaron Mullins appears to be settling in to life in Sussex after a shining performance at the weekend.
The 20-year-old hit 51 with the bat and then went on to take five wickets with his left-arm off-spin as Eastbourne drew with Bexhill last Saturday.
“It was important for me to get a good performance early on in the season.
“It helped to improve my confidence a bit heading into next weekend when we’ll be hoping to knock East Grinstead off.
“It’s been hard to adapt to the conditions, especially as the grass has been wet so we’ve had to train and prepare on Astroturf.
“Eastbourne is supposed to be called the sunshine town, but I haven’t seen much of that yet.
“Compared to Australia, the pitches are a lot harder and faster. I think that helps make players better technically and a lot of Australians could benefit from playing here.
“It can help that I don’t know much about the players I come up against.
“The team might have some star players but I just treat them the same as any other player.
“Some may see that as a negative thing but I’m treating it as a positive.”
Mullins made the decision to move to Sussex and Eastbourne Cricket Club earlier this year to help develop his game and improve his chances of playing first class cricket.
“It was a very big decision to move. My brother’s moved over too, he plays in the Devon Premier League, so that played an important part in the decision to come here.
“Eastbourne’s been fantastic to me. Through them and Mark, I get to work in the PE department at St Andrews school too, helping to run cricket sessions, which is great.
“From what I’ve seen of the team here so far, if we can all stay fit and healthy, then we’ve got a great chance of doing well this year.”
Eastbourne’s captain Mark Tomsett also spoke very highly of the youngster, who he has tipped to become a well-known name in cricket.
“He’s a great cricketer and he’s worked very hard. He dug in well with the bat and bowled beautifully.
“He knows he can’t rest on his laurels now though and he must work even harder.”
Eastbourne face East Grinstead at the Saffrons on Saturday, which will be a tough match against the team who finished fourth in the 1st XL Premier League last year.
“We had the worst of the conditions last Saturday but played well.
“Without a doubt we deserved the win, we played the better cricket, but there are no excuses.
“East Grinstead rely very heavily on Will Adkin and Lewis Hatchett, but we’re still very confident.”
Likely line-up: Mark Tomsett, Dan Wells, Callum Jackson, Aaron Mullins, Matt Green, Jamie Goddard, Brad Smith, Alex Pollard, David Twine, Matt Cooke, Richard Smith.
INSET: Aaron Mullins