Disappointment for seconds at Grinstead

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There was disappointment for Eastbourne second XI on their trip to East Grinstead.

Having been put in to bat, they lost both openers in quick succession, and it was left to Jordan Watts and TJ Key to begin a fightback, with Watts batting extremely well.

After Key fell, Matt Isepp counterattacked, scoring 25. But when he was out and Watts was dismissed one short of a well-deserved fifty, it was left to Henry Smith to try to massage things along with the tail.

His innings of 36 was a fine effort, but a score of 168 was never likely to be enough.

Smith and his twin brother, spinner Cameron, opened the bowling, and it was the latter who managed to make an impact, taking two wickets.

But Taylor Bradley was in control of things for East Grinstead, as the opener moved towards a fine century.

Skipper Darren Cumming tried everything with his bowling line-up, using seven bowlers, but there was little to be done as the hosts won by eight wickets with 16 overs to spare.