Half-century for Henry

Darren Cumming
Darren Cumming

Eastbourne’s second XI recorded their first victory of the season in a well-paced run chase away to Brighton & Hove.

The home side batted first and got off to a steady start.

Eastbourne’s pace bowlers were unable to make a breakthrough, but kept a lid on the run-rate.

Eventually it was spinner Cameron Smith who struck first, as Steven Crosby was caught behind with the score on 91.

With skipper Darren Cumming, Smith continued to build the pressure on the batsmen, and was eventually rewarded with figures of five for 47 – a superb spell that ensured the home side never gained full control.

Cumming nipped in with a wicket, while young Giles Robinson also took two wickets with his spin.

When their innings closed, Brighton & Hove had reached 211 for nine.

In-form Matt Isepp got Eastbourne’s reply off to a typically flying start before he was out for 44.

Robinson had given him solid support, but when he fell and then James Walker had to retire hurt, Eastbourne then slipped to 127 for four, with the game in the balance.

It was then that the other Smith twin, Henry, took charge.

While Harry McLeod made sure he kept his wicket intact, Smith played the role of the aggressor.

McLeod and the returning Walker both fell, but Smith continued on, now supported by Ilham Mohammadi.

He reached his half-century and soon after, with ten balls remaining in the match, Eastbourne had their first win of the campaign to widen the gap on the teams below in the league.

Eastbourne will expect to build on this result for the rest of the year.