Six wickets for Twine boosts Tomsett’s men

David Twine
David Twine

A devastating display of bowling from David Twine helped Eastbourne get back to winning ways against Horsham on Saturday.

Twine took 6-39 from 12 overs as Horsham were skittled out for 114 chasing Eastbourne’s target of 203.

Eastbourne were determined to halt their recent slide having lost their last two fixtures of their Sussex Premier League campaign.

Skipper Mark Tomsett wanted a reaction from his players after last week’s painful defeat at Bexhill and his men responded in style.

The 89 run victory restored morale to the side and takes Eastbourne to fourth in the table leapfrogging Horsham in the process who are now fifth.

Preston Nomads lead the way on 311 points followed by Roffey who are 20 points behind with a game in hand. East Grinstead are third on 281.

Hastings prop up the table on 126 points, 40 behind second from bottom Three Bridges.

On Saturday at the Saffrons Eastbourne won the toss and elected to bat first.

Dan Wells and Jamie Goddard opened the batting for the hosts and at first progress was slow. Wells went for 15 from 73 balls while Goddard was clean bowled by David Drage for 16 from 55 balls.

Dominic Shepheard top scored with a well crafted 55 and it was his partnership with Callum Jackson (32) that helped build a respectable total. Shepheard eventually fell stumped by Tom Johnson from Ben Shoare’s bowling. Jackson was bowled by Michael Munday.

Luke Tomsett was out for six while brother Mark made 18 and shared a middle order partnership with Jonathon Phleps (20).

Devang Patel also reached double figures (12) before he was run out by Travis Muller.

Jacob Smith (5) and Stuart Pulford (0) were the not out batsmen as Eastbourne posted 203-9 from 58 overs.

Michael Munday (4-66) was the pick of the bowlers for Horsham.

Pacebowler Twine soon made inroads into the Horsham batsmen.

He had opener Ben Shoare (14) trapped lbw with Patel claiming the wickets of John Burroughs (4) and James Johnson (0).

Thomas Haines top scored with 45 but Twine soon had him back in the pavilion caught by Wells.

Twine then powered through the middle and lower order with little resistance before spinner Jacob Smith claimed the final wicket of Michael Munday.