Damp wicket foils Eastbourne

Callum Jackson - struggling for form.
Callum Jackson - struggling for form.

Eastbourne Cricket Club’s three-match winning run came to a halt on Saturday when they went down by five wickets to visiting Roffey.

But it was a game which could easily have gone Eastbourne’s way before Roffey’s middle-order batsmen Kuldeep Rawat and Matt Davies (75 not out) took control.

Earlier the hosts had been put in on a Saffrons wicket that was still damp after overnight rain had seeped under the covers.

That meant the toss was vital and when Roffey’s captain won that and invited the home team to take first use of the wicket the early batsmen knew it would be tough going.

Skipper Mark Tomsett and Dan Wells battled hard in a 44-run opening stand but when they both went, along with Callum Jackson for a duck, Roffey seemed to have taken control.

Dominic Shepheard (48) and Luke Tomsett (29) had other ideas, however, and took the score to 136 before the fourth wicket fell.

After thatonly Zane Hartey (21) made any progress and Eastbourne ended 180-8 in 51 overs.

For the visitors Rohit Jagota took 5-42 from 10 overs.

Roffey began well enough in reply as the wicket continued to easy but from 59-1 they slipped to 82-5 as spinner Jacob Smith picked up four wickets to leave the game in the balance.

It was at that stage that Davies decided to chance his arm and his innings, which included six sixes, hurried Roffey to victory in 35 overs.

Smith came in for some rough punishment during that attack by Davies but still finished with 4-67.

This Saturday Eastbourne travel to meet struggling Three Bridges with skipper Tomsett keen to resume their winning ways.