For the first time in Eastbourne Cricket Club’s history the first team player of the year award had to be shared between two key players.
Batsman Dominic Shepheard and pace bowler David Twine both performed superbly for Eastbourne in their first season back in the Sussex Premier.
Shepheard, a recent signing from Glynde, blasted 576 runs in the top tier of Sussex Club cricket at an impressive average of 40.
Twine was equally impressive with the ball with 33 wickets and also chipped in with crucial runs throughout a season that saw Eastbourne finish sixth and claim the scalps of established Premier League sides such as Preston Nomads along the way.
Speaking at the end of season dinner and presentation evening held at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club last Saturday, skipper Mark Tomsett said, “I thought long and hard on this and I just could not spilt them.
“These lads epitomise exactly what club cricket is all about. They are great guys, they are at every net session and you know you can rely on them to give their all on match days.”
Also recognised on the evening was overseas player Dev Patel who scooped the third team player of the year award and battled his way back into the first team while Ilhamuden Muhammadi took the top award for the seconds.
There was also a special presentation for club president Ray Hacker who received a well deserved and long overdue trophy for clubman of the year.
After the formalities, guest speaker Roger Dakin lightened the mood with a funny after dinner speech that had the room laughing and cringing in equal measures.
Chairman Ian Fletcher-Price added, “It has been a great season for the first team.
“To be competing at the top end of the table in our first season back in the Premier is a credit to the players and to the hard work of all at the club.
“Unfortunately we have struggled somewhat with the seconds and thirds and we have to look at increasing adult membership within the club.
“On the flip side however is the success of our junior and girls section. We are working hard in that area and the aim is to see them progress through our teams and into adult cricket.
“Obviously it’s not something that happens over night but we are working hard in that area which will in turn make us a stronger club - we will get there.”
On the prospect of Sussex cricket returning to the Saffrons, Fletch told Herald Sport. “Negotiations are very muchongoing.
“Everyone knows we are keen to make it happen and we will continue dialogue with Sussex Cricket County Club and the council to see if we can make it happen
“Once we have further news you will be the first to know.”