We must adapt to survive in the Sussex Premier

Eastbourne Cricket first XI 2014

Eastbourne Cricket first XI 2014

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Eastbourne Cricket captain Mark Tomsett has told his players they need to adapt to life in the Sussex Premier League if they are to survive in the league this time around.

The last time Eastbourne were in the county’s top league they were relegated and his side are yet to record a victory in their first two outings this season.

Despite taking to the league well with the ball, they have struggled somewhat with the bat and the skipper thinks his players need to be more disciplined as they search for that all-important first victory at big-hitters East Grinstead on Saturday.

“It’s about adjusting to the situation,” he said.

“Sometimes you need to score runs ugly.

“I don’t want to hold back any of the flair payers but it’s all about what’s best for the team and we need to dig in to score runs.”

His batsmen showed showed some discipline in the draw at home to Three Bridges last weekend but they rarely threatened to get close to the 200 required for victory.

They will have to get close to that mark if they are to pick up enough victories to stay in the league this season and Tomsett wants to get their first win on the board as soon as possible.

While East Grinstead are fancied to be challenging at the top end of the league all season, Tomsett thinks they have every chance of chalking up that first win this weekend and says it will be a timely boost to their early season preparations.

“It’s always nice to get that first win early, It;s always nice to get ot off your back early on” he added.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game on Saturday. I expect them,to be challenging for the title but we have been playing well for a while now and we are going into the game very confident.”

Bowler David Twine goes into the game in fine form after a superb five-wicket haul last time out. Tomsett expressed his delight at having Twine available this season and believes he will have a huge part to play.

Fellow bowler Dominic Shepheard, who bowled well in the season’s opener against Roffey, is available after missing last week but Luke Gallichan has commitments with Gurnsey, while Toby Finzel will also miss Saturday’s game.