Smith’s sublime 7-52 in vain as Eastbourne falter in run chase

Eastbourne on the attack against three Bridges at the Saffrons
Eastbourne on the attack against three Bridges at the Saffrons

Eastbourne cricketers remain top of the league despite their 23 run defeat against Three Bridges at the Saffrons on Saturday.

Eastbourne gained 12 points from the Bridges loss and it was enough to keep them two points clear of second placed Middleton who have 126 points. Three Bridges moved up to third in the table on 118 points and both teams have a game in hand on Eastbourne.

Three Bridges won the toss and elected to bat first and posted a target of 172 all out form 49.1 overs. Conor Golding top scored for the visitors with 53 runs and fellow opener Milo Price chipped in with 34 runs. Captain and wicket keeper Tom Blanford frustrated the Eastbourne bowlers as he hit 22 batting from number nine.

Jacob Smith produced a brilliant display with the ball as he claimed 7-52 from his 15 overs. There was wicket a piece for David Twine, Ben Barter and Richard Smith. In reply Eastbourne looked to be going quite well but wickets started to fall all to regularly and they were all out for 149 from 46 overs. Mark Trubshaw batted well for his 44 before he was trapped lbw and David Twine, batting at number six, scored 23. Both Victor Davies (4-24) and Michael Rose (4-41) claimed four wickets each while Conor Golding (1-30) and Luke Bellars (1-16) picked up the rest. Eastboure are next in action on Saturday as they travel to Bognor Regis.

There was also bad news for the seconds as they went down by eight wickets at Three Bridges.

Three Bridges won the toss and elected to field and the seconds were skittled out for 82 in 31 overs. Jon Purdey top scored with 31 not out from number eight but only Zak Hebron (12) and Stuart Tibble (15) offered any further resistance. Three Bridges had no trouble surpassing the target and did so in just 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. James Russell (27) and Jack Biden (17) were the not out batsmen. Harry Chell and Henry Taylor claimed the wickets for the seconds. They are fourth in the table and will hope for better fortunes next Saturday as they host East Grinstead at the Saffrons.

The thirds were forced to concede their game at Robertsbridge and were deducted five points. The thirds are fourth from bottom in East Sussex League division six. They are next in action on Saturday as they welcome Crowborough to Larkins Field.