Eastbourne prepare for ‘the biggest weekend in the club’s history’

Mahahaj-Newman blasts a four for Hastings against Eastbourne last week
Mahahaj-Newman blasts a four for Hastings against Eastbourne last week

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett has laid down a challenge to his relegation strugglers ahead of what he described as ‘the biggest weekend in the club’s history’.

Eastbourne, who prop up the Sussex Premier League, face fellow strugglers Worthing on Saturday before they play their crucial game in hand against Sussex Development XI on Sunday.

Eastbourne are on 187 points with second from bottom Bexhill on 208. Chichester and Worthing are above them on 232 and 234 points respectively.

Last week’s painful defeat at Hastings, which included a superb 120 from Tomsett and five-wicket haul for Mohammed Akram, dented confidence in the side but Tomsett believes maximum points from the weekend will keep their hopes alive.

“It’s all to play for. We believe we are still in with a chance but we have to go out their and perform.

“We have the skill in the side but the question is do we have the will?”

“We have tried to play down the seriousness of the situation in the past and perhaps the players didn’t grasp it. This weekend they will be under no illusions as to what is at stake.

“It is the biggest weekend in the club’s history. We don’t want to drop out of the top league. Everybody at the club wants to play at the highest level of cricket and we will keep working to achieve that.”

Likely line-up: M Tomsett, D Wells, L Wells, C Jackson, J Goddard, A Mullins, T Johnson, M Cooke, M Akram, D Twine, E Giddins.