Simon rips through relegation threatened Eastbourne

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Carl Simon ripped through the fragile Eastbourne batting line-up as Mark Tomsett’s out-of-sorts men slumped to their fifth defeat of the season and into the relegation zone.

Simon took 7-63 and Michael Chadwick 3-14 as Eastbourne were all out for 106. It would have been much worse for the home side had number 11 batsman Ed Giddin’s not added a quick-fire 32 with a cameo performance as Eastbourne were on 59-9.

Alex Pollard was the only other player to trouble the scorers with 20. Jeremy Green was 44 not and ex-Eastbourne player Stuart Faith hit 28 as the Nomads comfortably reached 109 for the loss of four wickets.

The result takes Nomads to the top of the table as previous leaders Hastings and St Leonards Priory had their match called-off due to rain after 11 overs.

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett said, “The pitch was damp and Carl Simon was always going to be tough to face in those conditions.

“We certainly could not match his skills and we lost wickets far too quickly.

“It was another disappointing result for us and we have, amazingly lost five matches so far and only Chichester have lost more.”

The only other fixture in the Premier League to play to a conclusion was East Grinstead and Chichester - Chichester won by 10 runs.

Eastbourne seconds suffered an 18 run defeat at Preston Nomads.

The seconds bowled the hosts out for 130 but couldn’t chase down the total on a damp pitch and were all out for 112.