What a difference a week makes for teenager Callum

Callum Jackson
Callum Jackson

Australia one week, Crowhurst Park the next - it’s been a heck of a past seven days for Eastbourne wicketkeeper, Callum Jackson.

The 18-year-old, who the previous week had found him thrust into the limelight playing for Sussex against the touring Australians, came down to earth with a bump with Sussex League Division 2 action.

Despite having scored 26, before being trapped lbw by Ashes’ star Nathan Lyon at Hove, the teenager was out for a just six runs for his club side’s clash at Crowhurst Park.

Jackson, who described his outing against the Ashes side on his first class debut as “an amazing experience”, was bowled after coming in at three.

Chasing the hosts’ total of 170, Eastbourne’s top order of late, captain Mark Tomsett, Toby Finzel and Jackson, all succumbed early to leave the Saffrons outfit in trouble at 22-3.

Dan Wells and Matt Cooke then took charge, as the pair batted superbly together and added 140 for the fourth wicket to make the game safe.

Cooke was out for 60 when Eastbourne had reduced the target to single figures, but Wells saw his side home with a magnificent unbeaten 75, as Eastbourne won by five wickets with more than ten overs to spare to maintain their grip on the league.

Earlier, Crowhurst Park had batted first. With neither of the openers taking an early wicket but keeping things very tight, it was left to Henry Smith to make the first breakthrough before David Twine struck soon after.

None of the home batsmen was able to go on and make a really significant score, and the Eastbourne attack maintained the pressure throughout.

Captain Mark Tomsett was the most successful bowler, taking four quick wickets, with Twine and Matt Cooke picking up two each as Crowhurst were bowled out for 170.

Eastbourne continue to lead Division Two, but only by 16 points from Goring.

Both clubs have won 10 of their scheduled games to date and Goring also won on Saturday in a nine wicket win at home to Glynde, with Matt Keen bagging 3-30 as Glynde were tumbled out for 131.

Keen also struck 64 as the hosts raced to 132-1

Bexhill have won nine of their games and are 23 points behind Goring who they meet in the final game of the season.

This Saturday, Eastbourne host Bexhill at The Saffrons in a match featuring first versus third.

Bexhill warmed up for the top of the table clash with an eight wicket home win against Ifield.

They had restricted the visitors to 189 for 8 declared of which Jack Groves scored 50 and Clayton Coultsounis 38 with Andrew Williams taking 3 for 32.

Bexhill lost two early wickets but then Callum Guest with 74 not out and Jon Haffenden (72 not out) took them home at 192 for 2 in 45 overs.