Eastbourne knocked off the top after poor display

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It was a disappointing outcome for Eastbourne’s first XI as they lost their first game of the season, away to Bexhill.

It was a result that saw them knocked off the top of the Sussex 1st XL Division Two table by Goring By Sea, who they will meet this weekend.

Bexhill batted first and put on more than 50 for the first wicket, before David Twine picked up two quick scalps and Dev Patel another to leave the hosts on 72 for three.

But any hopes of taking control were soon laid to rest by Jonathan Haffenden and Cameron Burgon, who added 92 before the latter fell to skipper Mark Tomsett for 37.

Haffenden went on to score 91 off 101 balls, and was given belligerent support by Tim Hambridge, who made 44 in just 34 balls, as their innings closed on 247 for four.

Given the very fast outfield, it wasn’t an impossible target by any means, but Eastbourne’s cause had not been helped by an injury to Stuart Pulford, who was hit in the mouth while fielding, an injury that may keep him out of action for a while.

When both openers, the in-form Toby Finzel and Tomsett, were dismissed to leave Eastbourne on 20 for two, the odds were stacked against the Saffrons team.

Jamie Goddard and Martyn Garnett came together with the score on 44 for four, with Garnett deciding the best form of defence was attack.

He hit 35 in 29 balls before he was out. Only Goddard really applied himself to his task, but he eventually fell for 36.

Too many other batsmen tried to attack too early and gave away their wickets, and so no one else made any significant contributions as Eastbourne were bowled out for 141 in just 33 overs.

See Friday’s Herald for scorecards, league tables, fixtures and results.