EASTBOURNE’S captain Mark Tomsett has challenged his batsmen to apply themselves after his sides poor start to the season.
Tomsett’s men have lost two and drawn one from their first three fixtures, and he is fully aware that a win could set them up nicely to move off the bottom of the Sussex Premier League.
This Saturday will see them travel to Brighton and Hove Cricket Club, who in the same fixture last season bowled Eastbourne out for just 98.
The Saffrons outfit have struggled with their batting this season and will be looking to improve on the dissapointing 71 all out that they posted in last week’s home fixture against East Grinstead.
Despite the performances, Tomsett (pictured) has a strong belief that his batsmen have what it takes to reverse his sides fortunes.
He said: “It’s been dissapointing the way we have batted so far.
“It will take individuals to look at themselves.
“I know when they cross that line it is them against eleven others, I have no doubt at all that the batsmen will come good.
“We have yet to apply ourselves so that is what we need to do.
“You have to back the players in the squad to turn it around, after all we have only had a few games so far.”
The skipper organised a net on the square immediately after the loss last weekend, and with Tuesday and Friday nets this week, come the weekend his side would have had a great opportunity to iron out any issues within their performance.
The club recieved a major double boost this week in the form of two returning players ahead of Saturdays fixture.
Opening bowler Stuart Pulford looks set to return to action after missing the last few games with a hamstring injury sustained in the first game of the season against Horsham.
Along with Pulford, Angus Stewart has returned from his studies at university and will go straight into the team.
This news will be music to the ears of Tomsett as he looks to relieve the pressure the last few games have brought.
When asked about this weekend’s important league clash, Tomsett said: “Brighton and Hove have some strong county players, the likes of Chris Liddle are talented cricketers but if we play to the ability we can then I am confident of victory.”
Eastbourne are still without bowler Ed Gidden. The former England test bowler is still suffering from a shoulder injury