Cricket chairman eyes Sussex return after Lashings success

Ian Fletcher-Price
Ian Fletcher-Price

Eastbourne Cricket Club put on a fine performance on and off the field of play as the Lashings World XI rolled into the Saffrons last week.

Ahead of the pre-match lunch, chairman Ian Fletcher-Price expressed a desire to bring Sussex County Cricket back to the Saffrons and he believes events such as the Lashings can only help support their ambition of hosting first class cricket once more.

He said, “It shows we have the infrastructure, the support of the business community and the ability to host big cricket events.

“We are keen to get Sussex back at the Saffrons and we are ready and waiting for the opportunity to speak to them on a more formal basis.

“It will be great for us as a club but also for the town.

“We are keen to demonstrate to the cricketing community of Sussex that Eastbourne are one of the more progressive clubs in the county.”

More than 300 people attended the pre-match curry supplied by club sponsor the Ashoka Indian Restaurant.

Prizes and sports memorabilia were auctioned off by a lively Ed Giddins on the mic including a week’s retreat at a Scottish lodge which went for more than £15,000.

The only element of the day that didn’t play ball was the weather. The rain dampened the wicket and reduced the match to a 20 over clash.

The Lashings, were represented by former England legends Devon Malcolm, Philip Defeitas and John Embury.

Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was also in the line-up as was former West Indian batsman man Gordon Greenidge.

They posted a total of 166 and Eastbourne fell 31 runs short in the chase.

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett caught the eye at the crease with some lusty blows as he bludgeoned three sixes from one over.

Fletcher-Price added, “Despite the weather we were very happy with the day. It was a great occasion for the club and helped raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

“It was very well supported and we are pleased to say we have secured the Lashings for next year as well.”