Tomsetts turn tide for Eastbourne

Eastbourne bowler Matt Cooke in action against Brighton & Hove at The Saffrons on Saturday SUS-140707-091821001
Eastbourne bowler Matt Cooke in action against Brighton & Hove at The Saffrons on Saturday SUS-140707-091821001
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Eastbourne Cricket Club’s lst XI made it three wins on the spin as they defeated Brighton & Hove by 120 runs at The Saffrons on Saturday.

It was a resounding victory but one which had looked in doubt after they had slipped to 34-4 when choosing the bat first.

But captain Mark Tomsett alongside brother Luke, put them into a commanding position before new spinner Jacob Smith tore through the Brighton batting order .

“It was a fantastic game and to win three in a row is pretty special,” said the skipper

“It’s dragged us up the league but the way we performed was particularly pleasing.”

When Callum Jackson was dismissed for 0 and Dan Wells and Dominic Shepheard added just 22 between them before getting out, things could have been quite different.

They struggled to deal with the aggressive tactics of the Brighton bowlers until the Tomsett brothers opted to go on the offensive as their stand of 111 lead them to 263-9.

Mark hit three sixes in his 65 while Luke scored 46. And the assault was continued by Zane Hartley who hammered seven fours and three sixes in his 57.

“We made a conscious effort to go on the attack,” Tomsett added.

“We were aggressive without being reckless and we knew that was a good score.”

Smith, who was recently signed form neighbours Seaford took the bowling plaudits as the visitors struggled in their reply. Tomsett said he hadn’t seen a spinning display like Smith’s since the days of now Middlesex and England Lions spinner Ollie Rayner.

His five wickets for just 33 runs meant Brighton could get nowhere near the total as they fell 120 runs short.

They were nearly saved by the weather, however, but the umpires allowed them to carry on after rain began to fall. And in ruthless fashion, Smith took the final two wickets in the final over before the heavens opened