Finzel on fire as Eastbourne maintain pole position

Toby Finzel
Toby Finzel

Eastbourne maintained their momentum at the top of the table with a 101-run victory over bottom side Glynde & Beddingham.

It was not a day for bowlers, as the runs were scored at almost seven runs an over.

Skipper Mark Tomsett set the tone by scoring 33 in just 11 balls before he was out.

Opening partner Toby Finzel took the hint and blasted his way to 160 in 109 balls, hitting an astonishing nine sixes and 18 fours – 126 runs in boundaries.

With the ball disappearing into the river, or landing on Mark Trubshaw’s car and denting the roof, it took a long while to complete the 42 overs Glynde bowled before Tomsett took pity and declared with the score on 320 for six.

Jamie Goddard’s 55 appeared really quite circumspect by comparison to the rest of the fireworks on display.

Glynde put on 51 for the first wicket before Matt Cooke struck, with Richard Smith next to pick up a wicket.

At 147 for two, Glynde were still in the hunt, before David Twine dismissed their captain Dominic Shepheard.

Tomsett then had Matthew Blunt stumped by Callum Jackson, and when Twine encouraged Charlie Hobden to edge one to the keeper, the hosts had slumped to 163 for five.

Twine and Tomsett weren’t finished yet, and between they accounted for another three wickets to leave Glynde out of it on 192 for eight.

Joe Barnett was able to nip in with two wickets to polish off the tail and bring a helter-skelter match to an early conclusion.

At the Saffrons, there was disappointment for Eastbourne’s second XI, who lost by 52 runs to Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory.

The game had started well for Darren Cumming’s men as openers Devang Patel and Harry McLeod picked up three quick wickets, and when spinner Cameron Smith accounted for another victim, Hastings were in trouble on 41 for four.

Joe Billings and skipper Scott Woodroffe led the fightback, putting on 84 for the fifth wicket before Patel returned to strike again, later picking up a fourth wicket.

Cumming finally brought Billings’s innings to a close with a fine piece of fielding, and then McLeod got the success he has deserved for his performances this season, taking three quick wickets to finish with excellent figures of four for 31 as Hastings were bowled out for 199.

Eastbourne needed to get off to a good start, but quickly lost the in-form Matt Isepp.

At 112 for three, with Martyn Garnett going well, the home side was in a strong position, but then Garnett fell for 45.

Thereafter, the Eastbourne batting fell away and the wickets tumbled as they collapsed to 147 all out.