Mark Tomsett’s side celebrated winning the Division two title in emphatic style in their last game of the season at St James’s Montefiore.
It meant that the Saffrons club won the title by a hefty margin of 45 points from Bexhill, having lost only once all season and winning 12 times in all. The hosts batted first and were very soon in all sorts of trouble. David Twine struck first, before his opening partner Stuart Pulford trapped Anthony Alexander in front.
If 21 for two seemed alarming, things were soon to get worse for the home side, as they collapsed to 27 for five. There was a brief lull in the flurry of wickets, before Twine took two in two balls to leave St James’s on 43 for seven.
Twine’s figures were five for 22, while Pulford had two wickets. After that, Tomsett gave some of his other bowlers an opportunity, Henry Smith nipping out two tailenders.
In just under 26 overs, St James’s were all out for 89. Twine’s haul took him up to 38 wickets for the season, with Tomsett on 35. Matt Cooke (18) and Pulford (16) were the other leading wicket-takers.
That target of 90 was never going to be a challenge for Eastbourne’s prolific opening pair of Toby Finzel and Tomsett.
Finzel left most of the work to his skipper, who blasted 68 not out in 38 balls, with six sixes and six fours in that time.
In the end it took Eastbourne just 8.5 overs to reach 92 without loss and win the game.
Finzel thus finished the season as the team’s leading scorer in the league, with 799 runs at an average of 57.07, while Tomsett also averaged more than 50 as well, his 666 runs coming at 51.23.
The pair made four centuries and ten fifties.