‘Young and energetic side’ capable of upset

Eastbourne v Goring-by-Sea, The Saffrons, June 15th 2013
Eastbourne v Goring-by-Sea, The Saffrons, June 15th 2013

Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett believes if his men can play to their full potential, they are more than capable of causing an upset to progress to the last 16 of the National Cup.

The Saffrons outfit welcome Kent Premier League leaders Hartley Country Club to the South coast on Sunday for the regional final of the prestigious countrywide competition.

With three scalps already under their belt in this year’s cup, including 2012 Sussex Premier League champions Preston Nomans and other Kent Premier League outfits Lordswood and Blackheath, Tomsett insists his team are encouraged, excited and full of confidence.

He said, “We’re ready for it. Confidence is high, so it’s a good time to play them. Everyone’s really excited about it. It’s good to have that excitement and nerves as long as we focus too.

“They’re an extremely strong outfit but we’re a young side, full of energy and hopefully we can play to our full potential. We’ve knocked out higher clubs already so that adds to the confidence and the belief.

“Obviously playing at home is a big advantage, too. It’ll be a great day down at the Saffrons, hopefully we can get lots of families down there to have a picnic and support us.”

After a draw and a defeat in the league this month, Eastbourne returned to winning ways on Saturday, beating then league leaders Goring-By-Sea to reclaim their place at the top of the Sussex Division Two table.

While the win, in which Tomsett cracked 132, comes at a good time ahead of their cup clash, the captain is keen to make sure his men concentrate on Saturday’s league fixture away to Middleton first.

He said, “It’s always nice to contribute runs but team success is more important than individual success.

“I got the response I wanted from the team but now we need to build on that, first and foremost for Saturday’s game.”

Likely line-up: Finzel, Tomsett, Goddard, Pollard, Garnett, Cooke, Patel, Jones, Twine, Smith, Barnett.