The signs are not looking good for Eastbourne cricketers as a surprising slump in form has seen them lose their last six Sussex Premier League matches.
While their situation isn’t perilous just yet, the losing streak certainly isn’t healthy and Mark Tomsett’s side will be eager for victory on Saturday against Bexhill at the Polegrove.
Eastbourne are third from bottom in the table on 114 points from nine matches just three points above the relegation drop zone. Middleton are just above them on 120 points while tomorrow’s opponents Bexhill are sitting comfortably in fifth position on 155 points.
After winning the toss last Saturday at home to Brighton they elected to bat.
Skipper Tomsett was soon back in the pavilion bowled by Henry Turner having scored just one run.
Callum Jackson went soon after for a duck and when Dominic Shepheard went for eight it looked ominous at 29-3.
Opener Dan Wells (77) stood firm but had to watch on as Brad Evans (2) was caught off the bowling of Matthew Wood.
Luke Tomsett (22) provided some middle order resistance along with Ben Twine (24) and David Twine (34) and their 202 total looked like it might take some chasing.
But Brighton made light work of it. Chris Grammer (61) and Lucas Barker (47) got them off to the perfect start as every batsman contributed a meaningful score.
Phillip Salt got to 39 before being run out by Matthew Cooke.
And it was left to Alasdair Wilson (17) and Sam Grant (21) to hit the winning runs.
Eastbourne managed just three wickets before the visitors comfortably chased down their total after only 38 overs.
Eastbourne travel to Bexhill in their next fixture on Saturday.
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