Best bowling in the league

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Eastbourne Cricket Club’s bowling attack can take the league by storm according to club captain Mark Tomsett.

Fresh off the back of the club’s resounding five-wicket win over Pulborough last Saturday, Tomsett was quick to praise his side’s talented collection of bowlers.

He said, “While I might be a bit biased, I believe we have the best selection of bowlers in the league.

“At this level you often get two decent opening bowlers, but as a batsman if you can see yourself through past the openers then you back yourself to score runs, because the depth of talent isn’t that great.

“Here though, all five of our bowlers are more than capable of taking wickets. We have two ex-international players in Ed Giddins and James Kirtley opening the bowling, who are still as good as anyone in the county league.

“After them, we can call on someone like Stuart Pulford, who is 6ft4in and bowls incredibly fast, and our overseas player Josh Presland, who took seven wickets at the weekend.

“That’s without mentioning Richard Smith, who didn’t even get to bowl on Saturday.

“Pulborough are new to the league and told us that the biggest difference they’ve found is in the bowling standard, and they said that we were far and away the best bowling attack they’d ever faced.”

This bowling attack was certainly in good form on Saturday, as Giddins, Kirtley and Pulford all took a wicket each to complement Presland’s outstanding figures of 7-15.

Eastbourne will be looking to build on this opening victory of the season away at Chichester Priory Park tomorrow, who have also claimed just one win so far this season.

With his side currently sitting fourth in the Sussex Premier League, Tomsett is hoping his side can continue their recent good form.

He said, “While we hadn’t won all year, we’d certainly been playing well for a couple of weeks before the Pulborough game, and I always knew the victory was just around the corner.

“It was nice to get the first win though, and the confidence really is sky-high amongst the boys now.

“Historically we haven’t done that well against Chichester. They’ve always been a bit of a bogey team for us, especially at their place, but if we play as well as we have been playing then we can certainly go there and get a result.”

Sussex wicketkeeper Ben Brown looks set to play his first game of the season for Eastbourne.