Finzel fires Eastbourne to brink of promotion

Eastbourne Cricket Club 1st X1 v Pulborough at the Saffrons May 25th 2013
Eastbourne Cricket Club 1st X1 v Pulborough at the Saffrons May 25th 2013

Eastbourne have all but sealed promotion back to the Premier Division after victory over second-placed rivals Goring-By-Sea courtesy of a stunning stand of 153 from Toby Finzel.

Only a bizarre set of results would see Eastbourne remain in the Sussex 1st XI Division Two now following their comprehensive 137-run victory on Saturday - a result that opened up a 44-point gap at the top of the table with two games left.

Put in to bat first, captain Mark Tomsett fell early on for four, before a string of his replacements were also dismissed relatively cheaply.

Matthew Cooke joined the ruthless Finzel at the crease and the pair put on an impressive 137 runs for the fifth wicket - that of Cooke (42) with Eastbourne on 201-5.

The next wicket was that of opener Finzel after a sensational stand of 153 from 143 balls, including 27 fours and one six. A further knock of 19 from David Twine and 12 for Jordy Watts allowed Tomsett to declare on 265-8.

Goring-By-Sea’s reply also started well as opener Barnaby Lyons held his bat for 64 runs but he was poorly supported by his lower order, with only three other batsmen posting double-figure scores.

After a rain-interrupted innings, Goring were eventually all skittled out for 128, with Cooke taking six wickets for the cost of just 42 runs, while Henry Smith took the remaining three for 34.

Of the promotion chase, Tomsett said, “We’re very close. It’s still in our hands and we’re extremely confident. I think we can sew it up next Saturday, so that’s what we’ll focus on in training and go out there all guns blazing.”