Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett stressed the importance of maintaining momentum and avoiding complacency as his side prepare for a league and cup double-header weekend.
The club have enjoyed a flying start to the season so far - winning each of their opening four domestic fixtures without dropping a single point, placing them comfortably at the summit of the Sussex Division Two table.
The Saffrons outfit are also making waves away from the league having knocked out last year’s Premier Division Champions Preston Nomads and Kent Premier League members Blackheath in the National Cup, setting up a meeting with another top-flight Kent club, Lordswood, on Sunday.
Despite the dream start to the campaign, though, Tomsett knows it’s essential his men keep their heads screwed on, their feet on the ground and their eyes on the prize.
“It couldn’t have gone any better really - we haven’t dropped a single point yet.
“We’ve got to keep the momentum up and keep our foot on the pedal. We all know the objective is to bounce back straight away but there’s no pressure whether we do it this year or the one after.
“The important thing is to build a squad who are able to compete in the Premier Division if and when we get there.”
The signs are looking pretty good so far; their victory on Saturday over Pulborough saw them move 23 points clear at the top of the table with five wins from five.
Not only are they accumulating the necessary points, but they are doing so in style with shining displays with both the bat and the ball, none more so than opening batsman Toby Finzel, who produced another fine performance to hit 59 at the weekend. Tomsett will be hoping for more of the same this weekend as they first prepare to host newly-promoted Crowhurst Park before their cup clash on Sunday.
Skipper Tomsett added, “I don’t know much about Crowhurst but club’s raise their game 10, 20, 30 per cent when they play us and we’ve got to combat that.”
Eastbourne will be without the services of Dan Wells and Callum Jackson
Likely XI: Toby Finzel, Mark Tomsett, Jamie Goddard, Alex Pollard, Devang Patel, Ted Smith, Lewis Hammett, Matt Cooke, David Twine, Craig Eaves, Stuart Pulford