Man of the match Green powers East Preston to victory over Eastbourne

Eastbourne first XI lost to East Preston on Saturday despite a valiant effort away to title contenders Preston Nomads.

Eastbourne batted first and wobbled on 72 for three, but that was when Jamie Goddard came to join skipper Mark Tomsett at the crease.

Tomsett and Goddard added 90 for the fourth wicket with Tomsett finally out for 80 off 119 balls.

With the captain gone, Goddard took charge and went on to make a fine undefeated 60 to help Eastbourne to 229 for eight at the close of their innings.

With Ed Giddins missing through injury and Mohammad Akram absent, Eastbourne’s replacement new-ball attack of Stuart Pulford and Matthew Cooke did superbly to leave Nomads rocking on 35 for three. But that brought to the crease skipper Jeremy Green and Robert Wakeford.

They put on 113 for the fourth wicket before Wakeford fell caught and bowled by Tomsett.

Despite that wicket, Eastbourne were unable to stem the flow of runs, as Green accelerated towards his century.

Pulford picked up a third wicket, but Nomads reached their target for the loss of five wickets, with Green finishing on 103 not out in 110 balls in a man-of-the-match performance.