Former Test bowler Akram signs-up for relegation fight

Mohammad Akram
Mohammad Akram

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett is hoping new signing Mohammad Akram can help haul his side away from relegation danger.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Akram made nine Test appearances for his country and represented Sussex and Surrey in the county game.

He will go straight into the starting XI to face Chichester on Saturday.

Eastbourne’s current league position can only be described as precarious at best.

They sit rock bottom of the Sussex Premier league 19 points adrift of second from bottom Bexhill and 51 points off third from bottom Worthing.

However with six games remaining and a potential 180 still up for grabs Tomsett hopes the signing of the former Test star can give his side the boost they need.

“We are delighted he has joined us. Mohammad played for the Lashings against us last month and he loved it in Eastbourne.

“He liked the ground and he liked the atmosphere and he was keen to join us.

“He wanted to get back into club cricket and we are delighted he has signed.

“He is 38 years-old and he will bring experience and put the ball in the right places.

“He could be a big player for us and his experience could help us stay in the Premier.”

Ed Giddins is unavailable for the trip to Chichester while David Twine has been recalled to the squad.

Twine was dropped to the seconds but responded in the best possible fashion by claiming a couple of five wicket hauls.

Mark Tomsett, Dan Wells and Callum Jackson will continue at the top of the order.

Probable line-up: M Tomsett, D Wells, Jackson, Mullins, A Wells, Green, Goddard, Johnson, Twine, Cooke, Smith, Akram.