Callum Jackson confident of response at Middleton

Callum Jackson
Callum Jackson

Eastbourne wicketkeeper Callum Jackson says the 
players are determined to put last week’s disappointment behind them.

Eastbourne lost by 65 runs at newly promoted Bililngshurst in the Sussex Premier League despite having to chase down a target of just 173.

Numerous key figures were missing, however, and Jackson, who stood in as skipper in the absence of Mark Tomsett last week, is confident of a response at home to Middleton tomorrow (Saturday).

“I think we bowled quite well but we didn’t field well and we missed a lot of our catches,” he said.

“We had a very inexperienced side. None of the batsmen really put their hand when we needed one or two partnerships.

“Middleton are a newly promoted side, similar to Billilngshurst, and they will want to upset a few teams.

“But we want to put last week right and show what a class team that we are.”

Tomsett will be back to lead the side and open the batting, while spinner Jacob Smith returns to the starting XI for the first time this season.

Smith’s return will come as a particular boost after his exploits in the second half of last season played a big part in Eastbourne’s surge to a mid-table finish.

Meanwhile, new signing Brad Evans is set to come in and make his debut but Luke Tomsett will miss out again through injury.

Jackson, though, says the team will be far stronger this week and he is confident of getting back to winning ways.

He is also hoping his own good form can help him force his way into the Sussex first team.

After signing a one-year contract extension at the County Championship outfit, he has been mainly restricted to appearances in the second XI. He is currently behind Eastbourne’s Ben Brown in the pecking order but says he hopes to push his Eastbourne counterpart for a first team place.

“I just want to score as many runs as I can and push him as far as I can.

“I just have to keep doing well. It’s good to see a colleague doing well but I want to be in the first team.”

Jackson is set to return to his favoured number three spot after opening the batting last week.

Team to face Middleton: M Tomsett, D Wells, C Jackson, D Shepheard, D Rawlins, C Borsoi, J Smith, B Evans, M Cooke, D Twine, B Twine.