Tomsett leads by example as cricketers avoid drop

Eastbourne cricketers saved their best performance of the season for when it mattered the most.

Skipper Mark Tomsett spoke beforehand of the importance of mental strength for this clash and the captain lead the way with a superb unbeaten knock of 81 from 107 balls to guide his men to victory at title chasing Nomads.

The win put a severe dent in Preston’s title aspirations but more importantly for Eastbourne, it secured their place in the Sussex Premier division for another season.

It has certainly been a rough ride for many at the club but Saturday’s performance proved there is a wealth of young talent at the Saffrons which should see them compete at the top level of amateur cricket in Sussex for years to come.

Tomsett stole the show as he carried his bat to the end but the damage was done with the ball.

Young seamer Matthew Cooke took four wickets and conceded just 29 runs from his eight overs while Ben Barter snared two wickets from nine tidy overs.

Tomsett also took two with the ball with Josh Presland and Bradley Smith taking a wicket apiece as the Nomads were dismissed for 141.

For once this season Eastbourne rarely looked troubled with the bat and easily chased down the runs.

West Indian paceman Carl Simon, who destroyed Eastbourne with seven wickets in the reverse fixture, bowled 15 overs without success.

Talented young opener Dan Wells supported his skipper with gritty 23 which was followed by 26 from 18-year-old number three Hugh Finzel.

Angus Stewart remained composed to see out the innings with Tomsett with four from 16 balls faced to win by eight wickets Eastbourne’s final match of the season will be at East Grinstead next week.

They will no doubt be looking to finish on a high.