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W19260H13-CricketFindon - W19260H13-CricketFindon 040513  LP''Local Cricket. Findon CC V Eastbourne CC. Long Furlong. Action from the match.  Pictured Batting is  Eastbourne's Tobi Finzel .
W19260H13-CricketFindon - W19260H13-CricketFindon 040513 LP''Local Cricket. Findon CC V Eastbourne CC. Long Furlong. Action from the match. Pictured Batting is Eastbourne's Tobi Finzel .
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Eastbourne Cricket Club will hope to build on their ‘professional display’ that saw them to an opening day victory in Findon last Saturday.

On a difficult and damp wicket, Eastbourne posted a competitive total of 188 and an excellent bowling display saw them dismiss their hosts 39 short of the total.

This weekend, Eastbourne welcome Glynde and Beddingham to the Saffrons for their first home match of the season and on Sunday, they travel to Premier side Preston Nomads for the third round of the National Cup.

Skipper Mark Tomsett said, “It’s going to be a good weekend for us and we are looking forward to the challenge.

“The Findon game was a bit awkward as they didn’t have any covers on the wicket. We were put into bat first and it was very difficult. The ball was sticking on the wicket and anything off the front foot was particuarly tricky.

“Having said that, we still played a few poor shots. We do bat down the order and it was left to Lewis (Hammett) to get us up to the 180s.

“Our bowling was excellent and a class above and we were pleased to get over the finish line and start the season with a win. The main aim is to keep enjoying our cricket. We are not professionals, we are a group of lads who want to do well for club and enjoy the game.”

Eastbourne’s bowling attack will be further strengthend this weekend with the return of Matt Cooke.

Lewis Hammett will takeover the gloves with Jordy Watts moving down to the seconds.

Tomsett added, “Jordy will bat at number three for the seconds. It’s important for him to get some time out in the middle.”

England under-19 and Sussex player Callum Jackson is unavailable on Saturday but will return to face Preston Nomads on the Sunday.

“Preston will be a great test for us. We go there with nothing to lose and hope we can cause a bit of an upset.”