Cricketers are in safe hands despite nightmare fielding

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett needs his side to forget last weekend’s nightmare fielding display and discover their killer instinct as they hunt for their first win of the season.

In a high-scoring draw with Brighton and Hove last Saturday, Eastbourne banished their batting demons only to collapse in the field.

They dropped 11 catches as Brighton stormed to 345-4, including eight from Chris Liddle, who was on 209 when Brighton declared.

Tomsett, who dropped Liddle in the first over when he was on nought, said, “It was an absolute nightmare.

“If I had caught that, it could have been a different story but you never know. I told him to go and put some lottery numbers on that night as it was obviously his lucky day!

“That fielding was one of the lowest points of the season so far. I had a serious chat with them at half time and told them to forget about what had just happened on the field.

“We responded well and we were disappointed not to win. Luke Wells got a century on his debut, which was a great effort.”

The draw means Eastbourne remain bottom as they host Chichester Priory Park at the Saffrons tomorrow (Saturday).

Tomsett said, “We’ve got great players here and I’m sure we’ve got more match-winners than they have. We’re just desperate for that first win. You look at the league and think if we’d managed to beat Bexhill or get those 28 runs against Brighton, we could be third or fourth. It’s all still really tight.”

Tomsett is poised to hand a first team debut to 15-year-old Harry McLeod, who has impressed with his performances for the second team.

Likely line up: Mark Tomsett, Luke Wells, Callum Jackson, Aaron Mullins, Matt Green, Jamie Goddard, Luke Tomsett, Brad Smith, Matt Cooke, Stuart Pulford, Harry McLeod.