Eastwood end the season on a high

Steve Dockrell scored two fifties over the weekend for Eastwood sides.
Steve Dockrell scored two fifties over the weekend for Eastwood sides.

Eastwood firsts finished the season in winning fashion, beating Keyworth by three wickets and ending fifth in the table.

Eastwood inserted Keyworth to bat and they totalled 235 for 8 in their 48 overs.

Ian Graham scored 66 and Steve Rendu finished with 43 runs. The pick of the bowlers for Eastwood were Shaun Stocks (4 for 69) and Ryan Elliott, who added a further three wickets to his tally in an impressive season.

Eastwood’s reply began in blistering fashion with 39 runs coming from the first two overs.

Adrian Marsh continued his rich vein of form with 39, while Mark Stocks and Stephen Dockrell both gained half centuries, but fell shortly afterwards, as Eastwood reached their total in 39.5 overs and completed an inconsistent season on a high.

Eastwood seconds fell to yet another defeat at the hands of Long Whatton in the final game of the season at The Breach.

Eastwood won the toss and and put Long Whatton in to bat on a slow pitch, restricting the opposition to just 50-0 at drinks thanks to tight bowling from Dan Noble and Andrew Pearson.

However, with wickets in hand Long Whatton took a strong grip on the game, scoring a further 140 runs in the final 22 overs to set a target of 190-7. Dave Summers and Alan Pearson took three wickets apiece.

Eastwood’s reply started strongly with Stuart Hill and Alan Pearson putting on 45 for the first wicket, but the middle order failed to contribute and left the home side a 86-7 at drinks.

Andrew Pearson (40) joined Bryan Towle (30) at the crease and batted superbly and aggressively to take the score to 155-7 but the final wickets tumbled shortly afterwards and Eastwood finished 167 all out, 24 runs short of victory.

Eastwood’s Sunday XI travelled to picturesque Ashover for their penultimate game which ended in a winning draw for the visitors.

Eastwood won the toss and batted but lost the opening two wickets of Shaun Stocks and Ryan Elliott cheaply.

Stephen Dockrell then joined Neil Gregory at the crease and punished the Ashover bowling attack, putting on 115 for the third wicket.

Dockrell fell for 59 and Gregory was bowled for a well-crafted 65. Eastwood concluded their innings on 207 all out.

Ashover were reduced to 70-7 from just 17 overs in their reply, due to spells from Dave Morris (3-23) and Mark Smith (2-21) but Eastwood could not remove either of the final pairing of Bolstridge and Saxton. and had to settle for a draw.

Ashover finished on 155-9 from 41 overs.