In-form Eastbourne face healthy Brighton dilemma

Eastbourne bowlers apply pressure to the Hastings' batsmen during their one wicket victory at Horntye Park last weekend. It's was Eastbourne's second victory in two games while Hastings still seek their first win of the season
Eastbourne bowlers apply pressure to the Hastings' batsmen during their one wicket victory at Horntye Park last weekend. It's was Eastbourne's second victory in two games while Hastings still seek their first win of the season

Mark Tomsett is facing a selection headache ahead of his Eastbourne side’s Premier Division clash with Brighton & Hove.

The captain has a squad of 14 players available and will be tasked with whittling it down to 11 for Saturday’s match.

With his side in good form, following back-to-back wins against Cuckfield and Hastings, he is delighted to have such a wealth of talent at his disposal but admits that dropping players is one of the most difficult parts of the job.

“It’s good, to have competition for places is healthy,” Tomsett said.

“ It can be difficult as you’re all mates together all season but as captain you have to detach yourself and do what’s best for the team.

“You can’t let friendships cloud your decisions and you have to make tough calls - it’s part and parcel of the job.”

Tomsett was unavailable himself last weekend as Callum Jackson took the reins as captain but he will be back to skipper the side at the Saffrons on Saturday.

Stuart Pullford is also set for a return , while exciting youngster Jacob Smith has been signed from Seaford.

Tomsett was delighted with what was reported back from Saturday’s game and that victory has given them some breathing space between the relegation places.

Another win on Saturday could see them start to make headway towards the top of the league and, while they are still fourth from bottom, theldivision is becoming increasingly tight with Eastbourne just 21 points behind their weekend opponents who sit fourth.

Victory would see them leapfrog Brighton and with Bexhill and Hastings, the league’s two bottom sides, facing each other on Saturday, any relegation worries could soon begin to fade.

They also have the added bonus of a game in hand on most teams in the league.

“We’re playing good cricket at the moment and if we continue as we are I’ve got no doubt we’ll stay in the division,” Tomsett added.

“We mustn’t get complacent tough. We’ve got two home games now, Brighton and then Roffey, and we’re capable of winning both those games.”