Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett has lauded his side’s Grey Nicholls T20 Cup semi-final victory as their ‘most complete display yet’.
The Saffrons club brushed aside Premier League outfit Cuckfield on Sunday, winning by seven wickets to progress to the final, where another top flight team in Hastings and St Leonard Priory await.
The victory highlights included bowling figures of 3-16 from Stuart Pulford and an unbeaten 77 with the bat by Tomsett, but the captain was quick to pile the plaudits on every member of his winning squad.
He said, “It was fantastic. I’d say it was probably the most all-round, complete performance we’ve produced for a long time.
“We were a class above Cuckfield for the entire game and everyone was really fired up for it.
“I just told everyone to give it their best. Even if we came off with nothing, at least we’d know we gave it 100 per cent. To win by two overs, at a canter really, is a great achievement.”
Now, all that stands in their way of the trophy are local rivals Hastings, who they will face in the final at Sussex’s Probiz County Ground on August, 18.
He added, “It’s not every day you get an opportunity to play at Hove. We gave it everything and we’re absolutely delighted to get to the final, which I’m sure will be a great experience for everyone. We’ll give Hastings the respect they deserve.”
Eastbourne Cricket Club Chairman Ian Fletcher-Price believes Eastbourne’s relegation is what has helped the side enjoy a number of successful cup runs this year.
He said, “It demonstrates the progress we have made as a club, drawing positives from relegation.
“We wanted to regroup and re-energise the squad, which we have. “The team are a really tight unit and although we have many of the same players as we did last year, they are now expressing themselves and have got into a winning habit.
“Mark is leading from the front and I’m absolutely thrilled we’re in the final - it’ll be a great occasion.”