Jackson gets in on the action

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Eastbourne continued to set the pace at the top of the table thanks to a thrilling win over Findon at the Saffrons.

Batting first, Eastbourne lost Toby Finzel to the first ball of the match, but Mark Tomsett and Callum Jackson quickly established their authority.

When Tomsett was eventually out for 72 with the score on 132, the momentum was truly with the hosts. Callum Jackson continued the onslaught, and was unfortunate to miss out on a deserved century when he fell for 87 in just 66 balls.

There were further useful contributions from Matt Cooke, Mark Trubshaw and Richard Smith, as Eastbourne sped towards a declaration with the score on 284 for seven. Alasdair Wilson and Andrew Crosland put on 112 for the second wicket, with a draw then looking the most likely outcome. But when Wilson hit one straight back to Tomsett, the Eastbourne skipper scented a change in the balance of the game. In tandem with Joe Barnett, the left-arm spinners began to pick up wickets on a regular basis. Barnett fully deserved his excellent figures of three for 33, With time running out, Tomsett turned to Stuart Pulford, and the big paceman made the vital breakthrough to bring the final pair together, after Trubshaw took a fine diving catch in the slips.

The game moved to its final over, bowled by the home skipper. With men clustered round the bat, the Findon No 11 knew that any error would mean defeat. To the fourth ball he pushed forward and was rapped on the pad.

Eastbourne fielders went up in unison and the umpire raised his finger to give the home side victory by 108 runs, while for Tomsett it was his second successive fivewicket haul.

But more important was another deserved victory.