Chairman Fletch: We have the men to make it happen

Toby Finzel has been in fine form for Eastbourne this season
Toby Finzel has been in fine form for Eastbourne this season

It has the potential to be a memorable weekend for Eastbourne Cricket Club, and Chairman Ian Fletcher-Price believes they have the skills and personalities to make it happen.

Mark Tomsett and his men are preparing for a league and cup double-header weekend that could see them clinch promotion and the T20 trophy.

Victory in their domestic match versus second-placed Goring-By-Sea would be just reward for what has so far been a hugely dominant display in the Sussex 1st XI Second Division, while triumphing over Premier Division Hastings and St Leonard’s Priory in their cup clash at Hove on Sunday would be the cherry on top of the cake.

While the momentum and confidence of seven matches unbeaten will no doubt help Eastbourne’s cause this weekend, Fletch believes it’s the qualities of individuals that is making the team so successful.

He said, “Last season, we had a few people that played well but this year, the whole squad are expressing themselves.

“David Twine’s had a brilliant season and he’s a great character off the field. He’s fun to have around he has an infectious enthusiasm that rubs off on everyone.

“Stuart Pulford has blossomed this season and Toby Finzel is just an all-round excellent player.

“We’ve used our relegation as a chance to regroup, re-energise and become a happy, together unit again.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for Mark (Tomsett) because it’s allowed him to express himself as a captain and stamp his mark - he leads from the front.

“Winning is a habit and we’ve got used to doing it again.”

Eastbourne will be with the services of Callum Jackson on Sunday, who will be returning to the County Ground fresh from his exploits with the Sussex first team against Australia.

Also in their ranks, the Saffrons outfit will boast top run-scorer Finzel, who will come up against his former club, whom he left to join Eastbourne last summer, when he steps out to the crease on Sunday,

Sunday likely XI: Tomsett, Finzel, Jackson, Wells, Cooke, Patel, Twine, Trubshaw, R. Smith, C. Smith, Pulford