ED GIDDINS and Stuart Pulford return as Eastbourne field their top four seam bowlers for the final Sussex League match of the season at East Grinstead tomorrow.
Skipper Mark Tomsett believes the quartet is the best in the league.
Giddins, back from presenting a poker programme on Sky TV, and Pulford will link up with overseas player Josh Presland and Matt Cooke.
“They are fantastic, the best in the league,” insisted Tomsett. They get at you from the word go and from first slip it’s just nice to watch them in action.”
Although they are now safe from relegation, there will be no complacency from Tomsett’s men who still have a chance of fifth place – a position they could only have dreamed of six weeks ago.
But with relegation at that time a very real possibility, Tomsett never lost faith in his players and injected hope into his team with positive thinking. He told them to look up rather than down at the league table – and they never looked back.
“We are determined to finish on a high,” Tomsett told Herald Sport.
“For me, it has been an enjoyable season, but a challenging one.
“It’s a short season and a shame this is the last game, but we must make the most of it.
“We know we still have a chance of that fifth place and we have been practising hard this week.
“We were struggling a month or so ago, but I always knew we had the potential in our team to move up the table.”
The inclusion of four seamers will mean one place less for the batsmen with Pulford replacing coach Alan Wells who came in to steady the batting mid-season.
“Now we are safe Alan doesn’t need to play and we want to give the younger players every chance,” said Tomsett.
If Eastbourne are to reach that morale-boosting fifth place they will need to climb above Brighton and Hove who are just four points ahead of Tomsett’s team at the moment.
Tomorrow, Brighton are away to Chichester Priory who ironically are immediately behind Eastbourne, so this is the one fixture that will have a huge bearing on the Saffrons side’s final position.
For supporters travelling to East Grinstead, the game will start half an hour earlier than usual at 11.30 am.