Finzel keeps Eastbourne on top

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Eastbourne Cricket Club continued their flying start to the season with a 31-run victory against Pulborough.

Their fourth consecutive league victory keeps them top of the Sussex League division two and on track for a swift return to the Premier League.

Saturday’s victory at the Saffrons was thanks largely to a fine opening partnership between the inform Tobi Finzel and Dan Wells.

Finzel, who is averaging just shy of 50 for the season, struck a determined 59 from 119 balls while young Wells contributed 37 from 59 balls before he was clean bowled by Lee Callaghan.

Callaghan was by far the visitors’ most threatening bowler as he ended with figures of 6-53 from his 20 overs.

The Pulborough man also accounted for England under-19 and Sussex batsman Callum Jackson (15), Alex Pollard (19) skipper Mark Tomsett (9), Davang Patel (11) and David Twine (5).

Eastbourne finished their innings on 173 from their 53 0vers with nine wickets down.

Chamikara Mudalige also proved useful with the ball as he finished on 3-31 from his eight overs.

Opening batsman Imran Kahn was the only one to cause a major problem. His innings of 59 briefly threatened to upset the form book but he lacked any serious support from his teammates.

Jonathan Bennett (17) Tariqul Islam (10), Tom Feest (11) and not out batsman James Chriss (19) were the only other players to reach double figures.

David Twine followed up a fine performance last week as he took3-14 from eight overs his 15th wicket of the season.

Skipper Mark Tomsett also continued his good form with the ball as he snared 3-36.

See Friday’s Herald for more cricket action.