Eastbourne Cricket Club saw their Sussex League division two campaign off to a winning start at Findon on Saturday.
A decent knock of 44 from opener Tobi Finzel ensured Eastbourne posted a competitive total which the defended well to record a 39 run victory.
Finzel, who joined the club from Hastings, has been in fine form during preseason and carried that into their first league clash of the 2013 campaign.
The home side won the toss and elected to bowl against Eastbourne who were making their first ever appearance at the Long Furlong ground following relegation from the Premier .
Most of Eastbourne’s batsmen struggled to establish themselves on the wicket with just four scoring more than 20 runs.
Finzel opened with skipper Mark Tomsett who made just nine runs before he was clean bowled by Harry Metters (3-82).
Alex Pollard made a steady 23, including a six, before he was caught by Jack Metters off the bowling of Harry Metters.
Lewis Hammett steadied the ship in the middle order with an excellent 43 not out. He received lower order support from David Twine (23) and Stuart Pulford (10) as Eastbourne were all out for 189.
Jack Metters (37) and Graham Manser (34) were the main contributors for the home side’s innings. Tomsett (4-39) and Stuart Pulford (4-35) did the damage with the ball for Eastbourne as Findon were all out for 149 from 46 overs.
The win gained Eastbourne 30 points, and although it’s very early days, they sit proudly on top of the division two table. A spot many will hope Eastbourne will hang on to ensure promotion back to the Premier at the first attempt.
On Saturday Tomsett’s side welcome Glynde and Beddingham to the Saffrons for their first home game of the season.
See Friday’s Herald for full match preview and further reaction, plus full scorecard, of their opening day victory at Findon.