Coach Wells aims to bring glory days back to Saffrons

St Bredes School- Cricket Coaching.  Pupils pictured with  Alan Wells.  Photo by Steve Hunnisett
St Bredes School- Cricket Coaching. Pupils pictured with Alan Wells. Photo by Steve Hunnisett
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Eastbourne Cricket Club’s new coach Alan Wells has targeted a top four finish this season but hopes the club can go on to dominate Sussex cricket once again.

The former Sussex captain and England international only joined Eastbourne this season, but has already seen enough to think the whole club is going in the right direction.

Eastbourne have started the campaign in steady fashion but will be disappointed not to get more points on the board. They lost their first match against Horsham in thrilling fashion before drawing at Three Bridges last Saturday.

Wells said, “There is lots of talent here, especially in the youth section which is really thriving.

“A lot of these boys have the potential to play county cricket in the future, and hopefully in the next few years they can push on and strengthen Eastbourne as a club.

“I’m still getting to know the players’ characters, their approach, strengths and weaknesses etc, but I feel settled in already and I’m really enjoying the challenge.

“I was a professional cricketer for 21 years, and I’m trying to use that experience by offering the captain and all the players technical and tactical advice, as well as helping them to express themselves on the cricket field.

“I’m looking forward to establishing Eastbourne as the best club in Sussex once again. For this year though, if we can finish in the top four I’ll be delighted.”

Eastbourne have yet to record a win in the Sussex Premier League so far this season, and Saturday’s opponents Pulborough, who were only promoted last season, are also winless in 2011.

Captain Mark Tomsett, who was absent from Saturday’s game due to work commitments, thinks that tomorrow’s clash could be the game in which they break their duck.

He said, “So far this season we’ve put in two great performances.

“In the first game we played really well, but Horsham are a good side and in the end just managed to nick it.

“Then last week, from what I hear we were the better team and were unlucky to only get a draw. If we keep playing the way we have been then the win should be just around the corner.”

Eastbourne are set to be boosted by the inclusion of bowler Ed Giddins, while James Kirtley is also nearing a return to action.