Captain calls for backlash as Eastbourne host leaders

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Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett is expecting a strong backlash from his men after they suffered a disappointing opening defeat of the season at Bexhill.

The Saffrons outfit were far from their best on Saturday as they slipped to a 106-run defeat that knocked them off the top of the Sussex 1st XI Division Two table by Goring-By-Sea - the team they face at the Saffrons this weekend.

While Tomsett is keen to draw positives from both this defeat and their draw with Crowhurst Park a fortnight ago, he has still called on his players to step up to the plate and get back on track at the first ask.

He said, “It was very disappointing on Saturday - we just didn’t perform to our potential.

“Credit must go to Bexhill for batting well but we didn’t create enough chances.

“It can be seen as a positive as it gives players the option to reflect on their performance and put some more work into their methods and techniques.

“I think now is a good time to play Goring, when we’ve just come off the back of a defeat, because we’re going to be keen to bounce back and there will hopefully be a bit of a backlash.

“It is still only our first defeat though so we won’t dwell on it too much, but I am looking for a response, for the players to stand up and be counted.”

Eastbourne’s performance with the bat, in particular, was off the boil at Bexhill as only Jamie Goddard and Martyn Garnett hit above 15.

Tomsett added, “We were giving our wickets away. It’s something we spoke about -how if you’re hitting 20s, 30s, you should be pushing on for 70s, 80s. We’ll be hoping for some big scores on Saturday.”