League’s best batsmen Tomsett finishes with a flourish

Just when Eastbourne start to show a bit of consistent good form the Sussex Premeir Cricket League season comes to end.

Mark Tomsett’s boys have delighted and disapponited in equal measure for the 2011 campaign but they finished the season on a high thanks to a reasonably comfortable four wicket victory at East Grinstead.

The victory came hot on the heels of an impressive victory against last season’s champions Preston Nomads.

The two victories saw Eastbourne finish strongly and finish in a respectable sixth place on 280 points.

Hastings and St Leonards Priory took the title following their six wicket victory at second placed Horsham.

Sussex batsman Kirk Werners lead the way for the Horntye Park outfit with a 72 to guide them beyond Horsham’s total of 177. Jason Finch did the damage with the ball as he took 6-31.

Last season’s champs Preston Nomads finished third with Pulborough and Three Bridges relegated after finishing the season in the bottom two.

On Saturday Eastbourne got off to a flying start at Grinstead. Stuart Pulford snared opener Toby Margetts lbw for a duck after just two balls and Ed Giddins accounted for fellow opener James Adkin, also for a duck, a few balls later.

Adam Davies offered brief resistance with 19 before he was caught by skipper Tomsett off Matthew Cooke’s bowling.

Pulford and Giddins went on to dominant the Grinstead middle and lower order with both bowlers claiming four wickets each (Giddins 4-39) and Pulford (4-28) as Grinstead were all out for 125.

Former England pace bowler Giddins finished the season as the fourth best bowler in the league with 38 wickets in total.

He was the most ecconomical bowler in the league averaging just 2.65 per over.

Nomads’ West Indian quick Carl Simon was far and away the best bowler in 2011 taking 67 wickets in total.

As so often this season Tomsett lead the way with the bat. Tomsett topped the batting averages this season averaging 55 from 17 matches.

He also scored the most runs in the league hitting 777 in total. His best of the season came against Horsham with an unbeaten knock of 181.

Tomsett top scored against East Grinstead with 65 from 90 balls and laid the foundations for Eastbourne’s six victory of the campaign.

Fellow opener Dan Wells last 27 balls for his 12 while Hugh Finzel (2) and Peter Wooldridge (4) both departed cheaply.

Luke Tomsett added a crucial 17 runs from 57 balls before TJ Key 16 and New Zealander Josh Presland (10) saw Eastbourne over the finish line.