Eastbourne Cricket Club chairman Ian Fletcher-Price believes his side can be challenging at the top end of the Sussex Premier League if they can get off to a fast start on Saturday.
The first team welcome 2011 runners-up Horsham to the Saffrons with the chairman optimistic of success for the coming season.
Fletch said, “I truly believe we can surprise a few people this year. We need to get off to a good start and if we do that I can no reason why we cannot keep the momentum going.
“We have the best batsman in the league with Mark Tomsett and have strengthened our bowling attack.”
Despite a lack of match practice due to the recent weather the first team is said to be in high spirits particuarly fllowing their pre-season tour to Birmingham.
New overseas signing Aaron Mullins impressed in the nets and also chipped in with a well-crafted 60 in one of the matches.
Fletch added, “Aaron looked in great shape and Mark (Tomsett) was very impressed with his bowling in the nets. He will be a good addition.
“It’s a shame we could not get out the pitch much but the weather has been against us.
“But our net sessions have good. Our coach Alan Wells has been working hard with the players and they are good shape for the first game. we have put the work in over the winter but now the actions starts. This is what’s all about and we are all looking forward to the first match.”
The weather forecast looks bleek for weekend but the chairman is hopefully the game will go ahead.
“The pitch is good shape. The recent rain has helped the outfield and the wicket, with the help of the covers looks good.
“We are all hoping it will go ahead.”
Skipper Mark Tomsett added,
“With the arrival of spinner Aaron Mullins from Adelaide and David Twine from Hellingly, we have one of the best bowling attacks in the league, and it is the duty of the batsmen to give them something to bowl at, and to take responsibility for making the necessary runs.
“I am delighted that we have also been able to strengthen the batting line-up, with Matt Green coming from Brighton and Jamie Goddard from Seaford, who will provide some extra grit to the side.
“We have to approach the season believing we can win the title, and to do that it is important we get off to a good start.”