Young Sussex batsman Callum Jackson made a century as Eastbourne drew with Chichester Priory Park at the weekend.
The 17-year-old hit 102 as Eastbourne attempted to reach the total posted by Chichester of 259-7, but fell just 17 runs short as they finished on 242-6.
Chichester won the toss and chose to open the batting at the Saffrons. They managed to notch 87 runs before Aaron Mullins bowled out Mark Bamford for the first wicket of the day.
Stuart Pulford was next to get a wicket as he ended the run of Chichester’s highest scorer, Simon Hasted, who reached 51.
Matt Green and Matt Cooke both got two wickets each as Chichester’s batsmen began to fall in quick succession, with both of Green’s wickets coming with Chichester stalled on 210 runs.
A combined 30 from not-out batsmen Richard Browning and James Stedman finished the visitors’ scoring and they finally declared on 259-7.
Matt Green and Bradley Smith opened the batting well for Eastbourne, but both got out LBW for 35 and 39 respectively.
Callum Jackson stepped up to the plate and roared to his century before Chichester’s overseas player, Adam Zampa, bowled him out on 102 with what was his second wicket of three he took that day, including that of fellow Australian Aaron Mullins.
Jackson was supported with scores of 15 from captain Mark Tomsett, 25 from Mullins and 15 from Luke Tomsett, who hit Eastbourne’s only six of the day, but all three were caught out as Eastbourne’s score reached 241-6.
A solitary run from Jamie Goddard finalised Eastbourne’s total at 242-6, just 18 runs short of victory with four wickets standing
Tomsett handed a first-team debut to 15-year-old Harry Mcleod, who bowled four overs but didn’t get his chance to shine with the bat.
Tomsett said, ‘We’ve come close in our last two run-chases and in the game before that we couldn’t take the final wicket.
“Had those results gone our way, we would have been near the top of the table, rather than finding ourselves at the bottom.
“Having said that, we now have to focus on putting it right in the future, starting with our next game at home against league leaders Hastings and St Leonard’s Priory.”
The draw, Eastbourne’s third so far, means they continue to search for their first win of the season and still languish at the foot of the 1st XL Premier Division.
The Eastbourne seconds were unable to force a victory at Seaford College against Chichester seconds.
Put into bat Alex Pollard made an excellent 70 from number three and Darren Cumming continued his excellent form with another half-century.
There were some useful runs from the lower order, with Jordan Watts in particular looking in good touch for his 21. Eventually, Eastbourne declared on 234 for eight after 52 overs.
John Edwards top-scored for the hosts with 57. Chichester finished on 202 for seven, but Eastbourne’s young side can take plenty of heart from a good all-round performance, on a pitch where forcing a victory was always going to be a tough challenge.
Joe Barnett 3-54 from 18 overs was the top performer with the ball.
Cameron Smith 3-86 also took three wickets from his 14 over spell.
See page 38 for full results round-up.