Eastwood ease to win at Collingham

Eastwood firsts were back on form as they faced Collingham away and recorded a comfortable victory.

A poor start for Eastwood saw three early wickets sacrificed, but the visitors managed to steady the ship and establish a good run rate.

At 100 for 5, Eastwood looked unlikely to set a daunting target, but skipper Neil Gregory scored 92 and forged a partnership with Stephen Dockrell to put on 70.

Strong lower order batting, with a notable performance from Ryan Elliott, helped take the total to 226.

Collingham’s run chase was restricted with some inspired bowling from Elliott (3 for 30) in a solid opening spell.

Pick of the bowlers also included Luke Esson (4 for 15) and James Longden (3 for 27).

The bowlers were supported by fine fielding, which included four well-taken catches from captain Gregory, leaving the home team on 83 all out and Eastwood with a convincing victory.

Eastwood’s 2nd XI had a tough home encounter against Gedling & Sherwood.

Fielding first, Eastwood got off to a good start with an early wicket. But batsman Matt Oliver set up the innings, being dropped by sloppy fielding five times on his way to 125 runs, with Eastwood struggling to contain the quick-scoring openers.

Eastwood’s bowlers Mick Cook and Dave Summers took two wickets each, but Gedling & Sherwood managed to amass a formidable total of 278.

In reply, Eastwood began rapidly, scoring 71 off 10 overs thanks to Mark Smith’s 68 and Stuart Hill adding a quick-fire 47. The middle order batsmen all chipped in, but the total was too great and Eastwood finished on 209 for 9 at stumps.

Taking on Thurgarton 2nds at home, Eastwood third XI fielded first. Despite Dwayne Buckley putting in an outstanding performance, taking seven wickets for 22 runs, steady batting from Thurgarton notched up 156 by the end of their innings.

Eastwood’s run chase was unimpressive, with skipper Jack Hatton the pick of the batsmen, scoring 28. Poor batting left Eastwood all out for 110.

On Sunday, and with no league fixture in the calendar, a selection of Eastwood’s five adult teams played each other in a fancy dress friendly.

In a closely-contested match, ‘Pukka’s Pie Chukkas’ took on ‘Marsh’s Miserable Men’ in a 30-over challenge, with Marsh’s XI winning by six runs.

Players included Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Minnie Mouse, 118 man, Beetlejuice, an Oompa Loompa, a Smurf, and several in dresses and women’s attire and wigs. Losing skipper Mark Carlin took his forfeit of a dip in the chilly Breach brook.

Eastwood’s under 11s have finished their season by scooping the treble, adding the league cup to this season’s silverware and consolidating their slot as the only unbeaten team.

The league cup follows wins as league title-holders and Champion of Champions, led by coach Mark Smith, who is retiring from his position after ten successful years at the helm.