League and T20 loss in tough weekend for Eastbourne

Dan Wells
Dan Wells

Eastbourne followed up last weekend’s consecutive victories with back to back defeats.

On Saturday they suffered a loss in the Sussex Premier League division two at Middleton and on Sunday they went down by 18 runs in round three of the Gray-Nicolls T20 Cup. Eastbourne won the toss at Middleton and elected to bat first at the Middleton Sports Ground.

Wickets fell to often throughout their innings as they were all out for 145 from 44.3 overs. Jacob Smith top scored with 27 while skipper for the day Dan Wells was trapped lbw for one. Delray Rawlins chipped in with 18 and number 10 batsman Craig Eaves offered some resistance with 22 not out. Jamie Thompson performed well with the ball for Middleton and he ended with figures of 5-45.

The hosts looked quite comfortable in their reply and knocked off the required runs for the loss of five wickets. Jacob Smith climed 2-57 with Eaves, Rawlins and Ben Barter picking up a wicket each. Eastbourne are joint top with Middleton on 116 points but Middleton have a game in hand.

Brighton batted first in the T20 at the Saffrons. Chris Grammer top scored with 32 as they posted 155-8. Jacob Smith claimed 3-25.

In reply three and four batsmen Brad Evans (57) and Dan Wells (43) appeared to have won it for Eastbourne but an alarming collapse saw them finish on 137-9.

Eastbourne are back in league action next Saturday at the Saffrons as they welcome Three Bridges.

The seconds enjoyed a 72 run win against Horsham seconds at the saffrons last Saturday. Eastbourne posted 240-9 declared as Mark Trubshaw top scored with 46.

Richard Smith was on top form with the ball as he claimed 5-46 as Horsham were all out for 168. The seconds are second in their league, one point behind Brighton. Next Saturday they are in league action at Three Bridges.

The thirds enjoyed an eight wicket win against Newhaven at Larkins Field. Harry Chell took 4-12 as Newhaven were all out for just 104. The thirds easily surpassed the toal for the loss of just two wickets. Zak Hebron top scored with 36. The thirds are fourth in the East Sussex League division six.