Ludicrously good

With a whopping batting average of 308 for the season, Eastbourne Cricket Club skipper Mark Tomsett appears to have had a ludicrously good start to his year at the crease.

While this massive figure can in part be put down to mathematical fortune, Tomsett (pictured) has certainly been in fine form with the bat in the early months of the 2011 cricket season.

Two superb innings against Horsham and Chichester Priory Park, in which he scored 181* and 117* respectively, are the reasons behind his stratospheric average figure, and Tomsett is in no hurry for the big numbers to stop coming. He said, “I’ve felt felt good about my batting all year. This season I’ve been relaxed, not been over-thinking my game and the runs have come relatively easy.

“I find that when I start to over-think things and worry about what I’m doing then I don’t play as well. When I can relax and enjoy myself though, that’s when the runs start coming.

“I’m not going to rest on my laurels though. I’ve got to keep working hard because it’s a long old season of cricket, and I want to keep my standards up throughout the coming months.”

Tomsett takes his team to Roffey this week hoping to continue the good form of late which has seen Eastbourne collect two wins on the spin.

With the devastating New Zealander Josh Presland, who has taken thirteen wickets in his past two matches, keen to add to his tally of victims, Tomsett believes Roffey could be in for a tough time.

He said, “He’s come in and had a first-class attitude since day one. He’s only a young lad but he’s got a massive heart and his bowling has been excellent.Confidence is sky-high. We’ve been playing well all year, everybody knows their roles in the team and it’s now a case of keeping the good run going.”

Tomsett was hoping to transfer his success with the bat to Twenty20 cricket yesterday evening, as he represented a Sussex Premier League eleven in a match against the Sussex Sharks at the newly renovated Probiz county ground in Hove.

For Tomsett, it’s an excellent opportunity to showcase his skills.

He said, “It’s always nice to test yourself against the best.

“It’s not everyday you get to play at Sussex against some top-quality players, so I’m going to enjoy the moment and see how I get on.”