Eastbourne made Sussex Premier League leaders Preston Nomads work hard for their victory at the Saffrons last Saturday.
The Nomads, who boast lethal West Indian wicket-taker Carl Simon and Sussex paceman James Anyon in their attack, could not bowl out a stubborn Eastbourne side.
Skipper Mark Tomsett top scored for the Saffrons outfit with 52 and there were solid contributions from Hugh Finzel (31) and Jamie Goddard who was not-out on 24.
Ed Giddins was the other not-out batsman as Eastbourne posted a target of 205-8.
Mr Extras was the second highest run scorer with 35 courtesy of a fast but sometimes wayward bowling attack.
In reply, Preston Nomads rode their luck somewhat against Eastbourne’s new-ball attack of Stuart Pulford and Ed Giddins, who beat the bat frequently and bowled a superb spell.
But, despite this, the Nomads opening pair made steady progress.
Eventually, Wells struck first with the score on 85, and picked up another wicket in his next over.
But the Nomads set about the runchase with ruthless efficieny and surpassed Eastbourne’s total for the loss of six-wickets. Luke Wells took the most wickets. He took 3-50 from his 10 over spell.
Eastbourne II 129,
Preston Nomads II 130-8
Eastbourne seconds batting let them down at title-chasing Preston Nomads seconds
Eastbourne’s top-order were all dismissed with just 11 on the board. Alex Pollard and Mark Trubshaw began the rebuilding process. Trubshaw was adjudged caught behind while Pollard eventually fell for 34 and all-rounder David Twine made 25. Eastbourne were all out for 129.
Eastbourne were unable to make an early breakthroughs as Nomads reached 60 for one. Left-arm spinner Joe Barnett made an immediate impact when he came on, and finished with four wickets.
Teenage pacemen Kurtis Browning and Harry McLeod both put in good performances, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough as the Nomads reached their target with eight wickets down.
LEFT: James Anyon