League form could help Eastbourne to cup glory

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Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett will be hoping the momentum his side have accumulated in the league will help them reach the semi-finals of the Gray Nicholls T20 Cup this weekend.

The Saffrons outfit are currently on a run of four domestic victories, the latest of which came in the last over at home to Findon on Saturday, and will look to replicate that fine form during a double-header league and cup weekend.

Eastbourne will start with a trip to local rivals Glynde and Beddingham on Saturday, hoping to extend their current 32-point lead at the top of the Sussex 1st XI Division Two table, before the club’s Twenty20 side host Premier Division strugglers East Grinstead.

After crashing out of the National Cup last month, the T20 tournament provides the last chance for Eastbourne to taste cup success.

They already know they face a tough task to make it through to the final four, with East Grinstead guaranteed to put up more of a challenge than last round’s opponents, Worthing, who conceded.

The cup match must be put to the backs of minds on Saturday, though, with Tomsett’s men still desperate for domestic victories in their quest for promotion. They recorded just a one-wicket win over Glynde when they met earlier this season, but will now be desperate for a full 30-point victory to maintain, and hopefully extend, their lead at the top.