Big Hastings win could claw back crucial points for Eastbourne cricketers

Hastings dangerman Kirk Werners.
Hastings dangerman Kirk Werners.

Eastbourne Cricket Club have renewed hope of survival after closing the gap on their relegation rivals, while still having a game in hand.

An impressive and comfortable win for Eastbourne over Chichester Priory Park last Saturday ensured they sit just 19 points behind Bexhill and 29 points adrift of Worthing above that.

However, the team cannot rest on their laurels after just their third victory so far this season and must continue to build if they’re to stand a chance of escaping the dreaded drop.

This weekend they face a tough test in the shape of third-placed Hastings and St Leonards Priory, who won comfortably when the two sides met in early June.

Tomsett will be urging his side not to let that daunt them as they step onto the pitch at the slightly earlier time of 12 noon on Saturday.

The captain has previously said anyone can beat anyone else in the league this year and that will be the attitude the team must adopt heading into the match as underdogs this weekend.

A convincing win for the Saffrons club could see them leapfrog Bexhill above them, who face mid-table Roffey on Saturday.

The other two teams in the relegation dogfight, Brighton and Hove Albion and Worthing, face each other, giving Eastbourne the chance to capitalise on lost points for at least one team in the battle against the drop.

Also working in Eastbourne’s favour is their game in hand, against Sussex Cricket Board Development XI, due to be played next weekend.

Although Tomsett said he wanted to be clear of the relegation zone before playing the extra match, time is running out and it could be exactly what they need to pulll away from the basement with just two matches remaining after that weekend.