Knee injury rules skipper out of Three Bridges match

Delray Rawlins hit a ton against Middleton
Delray Rawlins hit a ton against Middleton

Eastbourne cricket skipper Luke Tomsett will miss tomorrow’s clash at Three Bridges with a knee injury.

Tomsett has been hindered by a knee problem for much of the campaign but it’s got progressively worse.

He hasn’t ruled himself out for the season but admitted he will manage the problem on a week by week basis.

Luke Wells will take over captains’ duties as Eastbourne hope to maintain their Sussex Premier division two promotion push.Eastbourne are second on 279 points following their draw with leaders Middleton last week at the Saffrons.

Middleton still lead the way with 301 while St James are third with 267 and Bognor fourth with 255.

Likely XI for Three Bridges: Dan Wells (capt), Jacob Smith, Delray Rawlins, Mark Tomsett, Walter Hichu, Toby Pullan, Brad Evans, Ali Orr, Jordy Watts (wkt), Ben Twine, David Twine.

Delray Rawlins blasted a superb century last week against league-leaders Middleton but Eastbourne were forced to settle for the draw. Rawlins fired 109 from 111 balls as Eastbourne ended on 204-7 chasing 240-7. Middleton won the toss at the Saffrons and elected to bat first. Patrick Colvin top scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 81 but solid scores throughout the order saw them set a challenging total.

Brad Evans impressed with the ball for Eastbourne as he ended with 3-50 from 12 overs and Jacob Smith was sharp in the field as he recorded two run outs. Smith (45) and Rawlins (109) were the mainstay of Eastbourne’s innings but few others seemed to get set at the crease.

The seconds continued their winning ways as they enjoyed a 102 run victory at Horsham.

Martyn Garnett was the star of the show as he smashed 142 from 99 balls and Alastair Orr fired 73 as the seconds set a total of 289-6 from 48 overs.

In reply Horsham were all out for 187 from 50 overs.

Paul Williams top scored for the hosts with 77 from 66 balls before he was caught by Ben Hacker off the bowling of Scott Lenham.

Richard Smith (4-47) was the pick of the bowlers while Ben Hacker took 2-16.

There were also wickets from Garnett, Lenham, Walter Huchu and Ryan Mansell.