Eastbourne remain top as rain hits cricketers

Mark Tomsett
Mark Tomsett

Eastbourne’s Sussex League division two fixture last Saturday was badly affected by the rainstorms that fell late in the afternoon.

At Pulborough, Mark Tomsett decided to field first and

Stuart Pulford struck early on, but there was a long wait for the second wicket, when

Matt Cooke left the hosts on 93 for two.

Richard Smith was able to keep things tight, but the runs flowed relatively freely from the other end, as Stuart Barber and Jonathan Bennett added 109 for the third wicket.

Pulford, who always looked the most threatening of the bowlers, came back to take another couple of wickets, but Pulborough were able to declare on 216 for four. In reply, Tomsett launched two sixes in his eight-ball innings before the rain fell and the match was abandoned with the score on 28 without loss.

Eastbourne still have a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

The third XI were left frustrated by the weather. Led by Ilham Mohammadi and Harvey Ferrari, Eastbourne kept Little Common Ramblers to 215 for eight when the rain began to fall, with Mohammadi taking four wickets and Ferrari two.