Jackson century gets Eastbourne’s T20 off to flying start

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Callum Jackson blasted a superb 102 from 67 balls as Eastbourne eased their way into the next round of the Sussex Cricket League Gray-Nicholls Twenty20 Cup.

Eastbourne won the toss against visiting Portslade at the Saffrons on Saturday and elected to bat first on fine looking wicket.

Jackson, who captained the side in Mark Tomsett’s absence, wasted no time in bullying the Portslade bowling attack.

The England under-19 international and Sussex professional blasted nine fours and three sixes as Eastbourne finished on 168 for the loss of two wickets from 20 overs.

Dominic Shepheard offered decent support with a well made 33 from 28 deliveries. Toby Finzel fell for eight, bowled by Alex Smith while Luke Gallichan was the other not out batsman with 11.

In reply Sam Delaney hit a rapid 62 from 39 but a lack of support and tight bowling saw the visitors all out for 111 from 18.2 overs.

Gallichan took 3-19, Joe Barnett 2-15 while David Twine finished with figures of 2-9.

On Sunday Eastbourne continued their early season success with a seven wicket victory in the ECB National Cup at Black heath in Kent on Sunday.

Skipper Mark Tomsett did the damage with an unbeaten 96.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat first. They set a target of 157 after 47 overs with Ben Twine 2-20 and Craig Eaves 1-20 the pick of the bowlers.

Tomsett opened the batting and hit 10 fours and three sixes on his way to 96 from 124 balls and guided his side to victory in 39 overs. brother Luke was the other not out batsman on 11.

Next Saturday Eastbourne open their Sussex Premier League account with a trip to Roffey.

Elsewhere in the T20, Worthing eased through with a 76-run win at home to Stirlands. Worthing posted 136-4 from their 20 overs as Matthew Green hit 54 and Andy Reid 46.

Bexhill progresed with a 86-run victory over Rye.

Shawn Johnson struck 54 and Max Finzel 45 as Bexhill scored 146-5.

Rye were dismissed for just 60 in their reply as Jamie Bristow-Diamond took 5-5 from three overs.

Brighton & Hove cruised past Hellingly with a 131-run victory.

Lindfield overcame Cuckfield by 52 runs as Rob Keen hit 59 in their total of 138-6 while Horsham won by three wickets away to Slinfold.

Akeem Jordan fired 51 not out as Slinfold scored 107-7, before Horsham got home with a ball to spare.