Eastbourne Cricket captain Mark Tomsett says this year’s Sussex Premier League is wide open ahead of their first league game of the season with Horsham.
Eastbourne host the traditional big-hitters at the Saffrons tomorrow (Saturday) but Tomsett says no team can take anything for granted ahead of a season he believes could be the tightest at this level for some years.
“There is a feeling this year that anybody can beat anybody and the league is wide open,” he said. “But that means the threat of relegation is also more real.
“Previously you could pick two or three teams who would be at either end of the table but it is not like that this year.”
Tomsett admits that securing Premier League safety is the main goal for the season.
And he is keen to get off to a good start after failing to win any of their first six games last season left them playing catch -up for most of the campaign.
But a superb run mid-season saw them comofortably to a sixth-placed finish and if they can continue that fine form then Tomsett says they might need to re-assess their ultimate goal of safety.
“Establishing in the Premier League is the target but we will have a better idea of where we are after that. We are really looking forward to it.”
Starting XI v Horsham: M Thomsett (c), D Wells, C Jackson, D Shepherd, L Thomsett, L Gallichan, C Borsoi, M Cook, D Twine, C Eaves, B Barter.
Game gets underway at 12:30 at the Saffrons.
sussex county cricket club wicketkeeper callum jackson is excpected to be a key player for mark tomsett’s eastbourne side this season.
While he recently signed a contract with Sussex CC, fellow Eastbourne local Ben Brown has the first-team spot nailed down and Jackson will be widely available for his home town club.
“I envisage having callum around quite a lot this season,” captain tomsett said.
“He is understudy to Brown and he knows that. He has been working hard, he is a great man and he loves playing for Eastbourne Cricket Club.”
As well as keeping hold of Jackson, eastbourne have added to their ranks by signing young spinners James allen and DELLRAY RAWLING. WITH JACOB SMITH THEY NOW HAVE THREE SPINNERS.
Only Johnny Phelps- who joined boyhood club Haywards Heath - has left the club.