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Eastbourne in action against Roffey
Eastbourne in action against Roffey

Eastbourne Cricket skipper Mark Tomsett is eager to strike the right balance between attacking and sensible batting as they travel to Cuckfield on Saturday.

Back to back defeats in the Sussex Premier alongside Sunday’s defeat at Bexhill in the T20 Cup has given Tomsett cause for concern.

Eastbourne are fifth in the Sussex Premier League after six matches and the skipper is looking for a rapid improvement.

Tomsett said, “I want us to play with freedom and play on instinct. I am all for attacking cricket but at the same time we have to look at certain situations in the game and manage it.

“At Nomads some of the batting was woeful - mine included. “We were up a against a proven wicket-taker at this level in Carl Simon. He was bowling well and we didn’t deal with it.

“At times you just have to dig in and try to see-off the danger and then go again.

“We didn’t do that, it was disappointing and something we need to work on.”

Cuckfield have enjoyed a decent start to their campaign and sit just above Eastbourne in fourth. They have proved difficult to beat and have lost just once so far this season compared to Eastbourne’s three.

The skipper added, “Anyone can beat anybody in this league so as long as we are at our best we have a chance. We had six players missing against Roffey but we are expecting to get a few back. We are all determined to turn results around.”

Dominic Shephard remains sidelined with a broken hand. Tomsett also returns after missing the match at Roffey.