Eastwood hold on for a losing draw

Eastwood captain Neil Gregory managed to bat out the latter overs to help his side to a draw.
Eastwood captain Neil Gregory managed to bat out the latter overs to help his side to a draw.

Eastwood firsts took on Southwell at home, on a wicket that proved tough to score on throughout the day.

Neil Gregory won the toss and elected to field on a green wicket, on which there was always something in it for the bowlers.

Southwell scored steadily, with Oliver Starbuck the top batsman with 60. They eventually reached 151-9 after 48 overs, Ryan Elliot being the pick of the bowlers (4-41 from 13 overs) helped by Luke Esson returning strong figures (2-41 from 9) and James Longden (2-32 off 12).

Eastwood’s reply began well with Jason Wooliscroft and Adrian Marsh getting the home side off to a good start.

After Wooliscroft fell, Marsh (51) was joined by Neil Gregory at the crease and the partnership developed nicely until Eastwood’s batting let them down for a second consecutive week.

Six wickets fell for just 30 runs, leaving Eastwood in huge trouble and faced with the option to stick, or twist and go for the win with one wicket remaining.

Skipper Gregory opted to bat out for the losing draw, which proved a sensible decision.

Eastwood finished up 125-8, with Gregory on 32*.

Eastwood’s second XI took on Risley in a close-fought encounter which was ultimately beaten by the rain.

Eastwood won the toss and elected to bat on a flat pitch.

Alan Pearson (65) and Tony Coupe (48) got Eastwood off to a fantastic start, setting a foundation of 130-1 off 30 and promising a big score was on the cards.

A collapse followed, leaving the visitors eventually bowled out for 197 in the final over.

Risley replied well with the run rate always staying close to the required rate set.

Mark Addison (66) and Alex Fitchett (61*) set their team up with 162-3 from 37 overs, requiring 36 to win before the heavens opened and the game was abandoned.

A wicket apiece was claimed by Dave Summers, Dan Noble and Mark Smith for Eastwood.

Eastwood third XI took on Breaston at Hall Park in a low-scoring affair.

Eastwood won the toss and opted to bowl on a poor track. Greg Hatherley (4-9 from 12 overs) and Jack Hatton (5-28) took no time in ripping into the Breaston batting line up, bowling out the visitors for just 66 runs.

Only skipper Beadling (28) offered any resistance.

Eastwood made hard work of their reply, finally knocking off the total in 30 overs for the loss of seven wickets. Hatherley (17) and Hatton (22) following up their good work with the ball to be the top scorers for the home side.