Cricketers into second place after double header

Eastbourne Cricket
Eastbourne Cricket

Eastbourne moved up to second place in the Sussex Premier League after playing two matches this weekend against Middleton and Sussex Development Squad.

The Saffrons outfit started the weekend with a convincing home win over second from bottom Middleton on Saturday, thanks to an impressive century from all-rounder Delray Rawlins.

Eastbourne won the toss and elected to bat first with returning captain Mark Tomsett, who missed the previous weekend’s loss to Billinghurst, opening the batting before being caught by Anthony Ender from the bowling of Jamie Thompson for 29.

Dan Wells (2) and Dominic Shepheard (7) were bowled out for low scores before Brad Evans (66) and Rawlins (100) titled the game in the home side’s favour with important knocks.

Jacob Smith (27) provided support at number six as Eastbourne were bowled out for 271.

Brandon Hanley (4-59) and Thompson (3-46) led the Middleton attack well but couldn’t come to terms with Rawlins and Evans’ front-foot batting.

An all-round bowling display from the hosts limited Middleton to 118 as they were all bowled out to give Eastbourne a 153-run victory.

Number six Jofra Archer (43) top scored for Middleton as Ben Twine (3-31) and Rawlins (2-7) whittled through the visitors batting order.

Eastbourne drew with Sussex Development side on Sunday after failing to bowl the visitors out despite setting a total of 323-8.

The hosts won the toss again and batted first with stand-in skipper Callum Jackson opening the batting in Tomsett’s absence and doing so in style as he laid the ground work with 133 before being removed by Thomas Haines.

Shepheard (39), Evans (75) and Rawlins (22) all chipped in with runs as the home side declared on 323-8. Sussex’s Shawn Johnson took figures of 5-63 after leading the attack.

Sussex had an uphill task of chasing down the host’s target of 323, but their batsmen dug deep and went close to bettering it after ending on 296-9.

Haines (48), Philip Salt (40), captain Leo Camish (56) and Johnson (82) all scored runs as the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking over but eventually fell 28 runs short of victory.

Rawlins, who had an impressive weekend with ball and bat, took figures of 4-77 but the hosts will be disappointed that they couldn’t take one more wicket and claim victory, which would have propelled them to first place in the table after starting the week in fourth.