Eastbourne remain top despite Ifield’s resistance

Action from the Saffrons as Eastbourne draw with Ifield
Action from the Saffrons as Eastbourne draw with Ifield

Eastbourne dominated the game against Ifield but were unable to secure the victory their performance deserved.

However, they remain top of the table with six games remaining.

Skipper Mark Tomsett chose to bat first at the Saffrons, and he and Toby Finzel were again in the runs, as the pair added 97 for the first wicket before Tomsett fell for 41.

Once he was out, the wickets tumbled as Eastbourne soon found themselves pegged back to 140 for five.

Devang Patel then took charge, first in partnership with Mark Trubshaw and then with David Twine, to take the score up to 242 for six before Patel was out for 52.

Not long after, Tomsett was able to declare .

Harry McLeod struck early when he opened the bowling with Twine, but there were no more quick wickets at the start of Ifield’s innings.

As the visitors moved into the 90s with only two down, the game seemed to be drifting towards a draw, until Joe Barnett transformed things.

In short order, he took four quick wickets to leave Ifield in trouble at 114 for six.

The seventh-wicket pairing added 61 before Twine struck, and with Martyn Garnett then picking up two quick wickets with his occasional leg spin, the final pair still had a few overs to see out.

They managed it, as Ifield finished on 203 for nine having fought hard to save the match.

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