All change at Eastbourne Cricket Club

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It’s all change at Eastbourne Cricket club, with a new chairman, new players and several new faces on the committee – and plenty of traditional English cricket.

There is still a strong Women and Girls’ section, and the ladies continue their second season in the Sussex Women’s Premiership Cricket League and are competing well.

The club recently announced that it has managed to attract the prestigious Southern Vipers women’s team to play two matches on 31 July and 1 August at The Saffrons.

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Since the start of the season, to grow the ladies’ game, the club has been running free girls’ and ladies’ training sessions, for both hardball and softball on Monday evenings for two hours from 6pm at the Saffrons.

Eastbourne Cricket Club juniors | Submitted pictureEastbourne Cricket Club juniors | Submitted picture
Eastbourne Cricket Club juniors | Submitted picture

For younger cricketers the club is running a free regular community softball U5-U10 programme, Forward Drive, at the Saffs every Sunday morning 10.30am to 12pm, for boys and girls. It continues to provide lots of opportunities for young cricketers with a multitude of youth teams and competitions across all age groups, both hard and softball.

The adult game is flourishing with four adult teams offering standards from Sussex League Division 2 through to Division 12 East.

Last weekend results weren’t in their favour with the first and second team losing to Ifield and Brighton Dome Mission respectively and the third team missing out in a thriller by just 18 runs in a low-scoring game on a soft pitch.

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Club Chairman Simon Naish said: “You have to take the rough with the smooth.

"On the weekend of May 25-26, all four adult teams won their matches, our first team won at home against Rottingdean by nine wickets, the seconds beat Bexhill first team away by 16 runs, the thirds beat Mayfield third team by 50 runs and our fourth team beat Willingdon thirds by three wickets.

"It doesn’t happen every weekend, but it’s great when it does. What’s important is to be is supporting and encouraging all our players, promoting inclusion for all, especially our youth players, and looking at some of our younger players, its really encouraging to see so many participating and enjoying their cricket, it bodes well for the club’s future.”

This weekend coming sees Eastbourne first team take on Burgess Hill 1st XI at the Saffrons and the fourth team playing on Larkins field against Seaford 4th XI.

The second team travel to East Grinstead and the thirds are away at Willingdon, so it looks like being a great weekend of cricket.

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