Cuckfield stand in the way of Hove T20 final

Eastbourne face a league and cup header this weekend
Eastbourne face a league and cup header this weekend

Eastbourne first team is living proof of how quickly fortunes can change in cricket.

Last season skipper Mark Tomsett was battling against relegation and captaining a side that by his own admission lacked the required team spirit and commitment. They were eventually relegated but far from licking their wounds, they have hit back in fine style.

While Tomsett rightly insists his men have achieved nothing as yet, its clear to see the club is buzzing once again and confidence is sky high.

And why not? They are riding high at the top of the league, they reached the regional final of the National Cup and on Sunday they face Cuckfield in the semi-final of the T20 Cup.

The winner will go on to face either Hastings or Three Bridges in a final to be played under the floodlights at Hove.

Tomsett said, “It’s a good place to be at the moment and we are all enjoying our cricket. We have that winning habit and long may it continue.

“We have had some dark times and sometimes I wondered if it was all worth while.

“But I’m not a quitter and it just shows what a difference a year can make. To play in a final at Hove would be a fantastic experience. We have home advantage on Sunday and we approach the game with confidence.”

Likely XI: Tomsett, Finzel, Wells, Patel, Cooke, Trubshaw, Twine, Goddard, R Smith, C Smith, Pulford.