Eastbourne thirds miss out on promotion

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Eastbourne’s third XI finished their season with a resounding victory over Isfield, but it wasn’t quite enough to secure the second promotion spot up to Division Three.

Mark Trubshaw and 14-year-old Nathan Horsman put on 54 for the first wicket. Trubshaw was then joined by another young player, Giles Robinson, and together they added 70 before the experienced opener fell for 82 off 83 balls.

After Robinson was out for a steady 34, Matt Isepp took charge and blasted his way to 40 in just 34 balls to ensure he finished as the leading runscorer, with 237.

Ilham Mohammadi finally found his touch in the last game of the season.

He hit 28 runs in eight deliveries as Eastbourne declared on 234 for five.

In reply, Eastbourne’s opening attack of Ben Barter and Mohammadi each picked up two wickets to leave the visitors rocking on 47 for four. Mohammadi ended the season as the side’s leading wicket-taker with 29, while Barter regained second spot with 16 wickets. Isfield were eventually bowled out for 72.

The result left Eastbourne in fourth position, just five points behind promoted Firle.

Skipper Ian Marshall said, “The third team have had a great season – every match ended in a result, and we had some very close encounters.

“We have had a good blend of youth and experience in the side, and seen some of our younger players develop well.”