Top order help power cricketers to victory

Mark Tomsett is surprised to be given out against Horsham
Mark Tomsett is surprised to be given out against Horsham

Eastbourne Cricket Club strolled to a comfortable win in their Premier League opener with Horsham at the Saffrons on Saturday.

Captain Mark Tomsett could hardly have asked for a better start as they elected to bat after winning the toss.

And it was the skipper who led by example as he opened the batting and raced to 86 runs off 89 balls.

Dan Wells provided the backup and his measured 46 from 92 balls only came to an end when he was bowled by Paul Williams.

Sussex wicketkeeper Calum Jackson joined Tomsett at the crease and when Tomsett was finally caught by Matt Simpson off the bowling of Nathan Roberts, Eastbourne had amassed 135-2.

Dominic Shepheard (14), Luke Tomsett (19) and Luke Gallichan (4) all enjoyed time with Jackson before Michael Munday bowled the youngster on 62.

And it was always going to be a tough chase for the visitors even before Chris Borsoi scored 31 at number seven.

The total of 272 proved an impossible ask despite Ben Shoare’s 20. Craig Eaves claimed that scalp and Matthew Cooke took the wickets of John Burroughs and William Beer for no runs.

James Johnson (32) gave some hope to an unlikely recovery, while Williams (16) and Roberts (18) tried to dig in.

Ben Barter took the wicket of Williams and was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed five wickets at the cost of just 30 runs from his nine overs.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with Barter also taking the wickets of Johnson, Craig Gallagher, captain Sam Attfield and Simpson.

But it was David Twine (10-2-31-2) who grabbed the final wicket of Roberts as the visitors found themselves all out for just 111 after only 32 overs.

The perfect start for Eastbourne against a side who narrowly missed out on the league title last season.

Staying up is seen as the target but victory over last season’s third-placed finishers suggests something special could be on the cards.

On this showing, Eastbourne appear to have taken the superb form they showed in the second half of the last campaign into the start of this season.

And they will have the chance to keep the run going as they travel to newly-promoted Billingshurst next Saturday.

The action gets underway at 12:30, Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst.

Team v Horsham: M Tomsett, D Wells, C Jackson, D Shepheard, L Tomsett, L Gallichan, C Borsoi, M Cooke, D Twine, B Barter, C Eaves.