Tomsett cracks a ton, Akram takes five wickets but Eastbourne somehow lose at Hastings

11/8/12- Hastings Priory vs Eastbourne cricket action.  Lakshmi Newman
11/8/12- Hastings Priory vs Eastbourne cricket action. Lakshmi Newman

Eastbourne cricketers failed to haul themselves away from Sussex Premier League relegation danger as they suffered a 27 run defeat at Hastings.

Hastings have been somewhat erratic recently but they won at home to relegation threatened Eastbourne after looking almost certain to be bound for a big defeat.

Professionals Kirk Wernars ( 58) and Matt Machan (76) were well supported by Toby Finzel (45) and Harry Finch (37) to take the home side to 248 all out.

The score would have been much more but for former Pakistani Test bowler Mohammed Akram, he took 5 for 30 as the last seven wickets fell for just 21 runs.

Eastbourne, in turn, looked to be cruising to victory at 180 for 2 but leg-spinner Josh Poysden stepped in to take 8 for 65 in 17 overs including ‘s three Test players, Alan Wells, Mohammed Akram and Ed Giddins, all for ducks.

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett made 120 and was seventh out for a fine 120 but support was lacking just when it was needed and his side lost at 221 all out with an over remaining.

Meanwhile, relegation threatened Bexhill rattled up 275 for 7 declared at Roffey with Aussie ‘keeper Andrew Harriott making 147. In reply Roffey started well but in the end were forced to hang on at 223 for 9 with 71 from Josh Fleming and 42 from Theo Rivers.

The pick of the Bexhill bowlers was 17 year-old off-spinner Calum Guest who took 5 for 55.