Eastbourne still seek elusive first victory

Luke Tomsett has been in fine form for Eastbourne

Luke Tomsett has been in fine form for Eastbourne

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Mark Tomsett said last week’s defeat to reigning champions Preston Nomads was difficult to take but believes his side can use it as a springboard for victory at home to Cuckfield tomorrow (Saturday).

His Eastbourne side came agonisingly close to victory after an impressive batting display but, after declaring on 260, the bowling attack failed to capitalise as the opposition claimed what looked like an unlikely win.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow,” said the captain.

“We were outstanding with the bat, everyone chipped in with a positive score.

“We knew 260 was a good score but knew we had to bowl well. A mixture of bowling inconsistently and them batting well cost us.

“But we ran the champions close and on another day we could have beaten them.”

Tomsett has been vocal about his sides need to improve with the bat and he was delighted with the response he saw from his players.

Dan Wells, Callum Jackson and Dominic Shepheard all posted half centuries, while Luke Tomsett scored 41. And the signs are good ahead of the weekend clash after Eastbourne claimed victory in the T20 cup against Worthing on Sunday.

Tomsett wil be keen to see his side improve equally with the ball and Jonathan Phelps proved he has what it takes to claim wickets with a five wicket haul in the T20 victory.

They eased past Worthing as they look to emulate last year’s success, where they reached the final, and the Eastbourne skipper reckons that could be the perfect platform as they look for their much-needed first league win.

“Sunday was a really good performance and hopefully we can transform that into a win on Saturday,” Tomsett added.

“Cuckfield are a good young side but it’s a game at the Saffrons we’re targeting as a game to get the first win.”

They’ll have to make do without Stuart Pullford, who is set to miss the next two weeks because of work commitments, but the paceman is the only absentee.