Eastwood firsts continued their winning ways at Hyson Green on Saturday, in a thrilling encounter that saw expertise in the field with eight catches taken.
Eastwood won the toss and elected to bat. Despite opening batsman Adrian Marsh going for a golden duck, an 88-run partnership between captain Neil Gregory and Jason Wooliscroft kept Eastwood firmly in the game.
An Eastwood success looked shaky at 112 for 5, but Steve Dockrell had solid support from Ryan Elliott and Dwayne Buckley. Dockrell managed to notch up 66 unbeaten, taking the total to 201 for 7 at the end of the innings.
Hyson Green came out blazing with a quickfire 30 from skipper Shabir Dad, before his demise due to a fine catch from Daniel Noble.
A couple of wickets had the home team nervous at 55 for 4. A steady partnership from Hyson’s Shahid Khan and Ikram Ul-haq put 42 on the board, but Khan fell to a well-taken catch from Buckley.
The pressure mounted on seasoned player Ul-Haq, before Eastwood’s catching supremacy saw him out for 49.
Hyson collapsed with consistent wickets taken thanks to Ryan Elliott (3 for 32 off 12) and Dockrell (2 for 39 off 12).
Eastwood finally wrapped it up for 189 all out in a tense finale, Gregory taking a fine catch off Buckley to secure the win with just one over remaining.
Eastwood’s second XI hosted Thrumpton and after losing the toss, fielded first.
A second ball drop from Paul Rockley paved the way for an 80-run stand from Thrumpton’s Zahid Iqbal and B Richardson.
However, Eastwood managed to make strong inroads, reducing the visitors to 89 for 4 with two sharp run outs.
The visitors fought back with skipper Joe Richardson achieving 58,with support from J Scully on 44
Eastwood’s Martin Worsley tried to contain them, returning solid figures of 4 for 47. The total of 214 left Eastwood’s batting order with a formidable challenge ahead.
The run chase began reasonably with Mick Cook and Alan Pearson both posting steady scores and skipper Mark Stocks caught out for 25.
The lower order showed little resistance, and Eastwood struggled to a disappointing 138 all out.
Eastwood’s third XI staged the club’s stand-out performance on Saturday as they won at Wymeswold.
Eastwood batted first but veteran club chairman Alan Hill was forced into retirement after just 18 runs, but Matt Pearson’s maiden half century and Kevin Pearson (no relation) with 46 helped Eastwood to a total of 248.
Wymeswold never gained momentum during their innings, Jared Bird, Greg Hatherley and Bryan Towle all in the wickets to bowl the hosts out for just 98 to seal a convincing win.
Eastwood’s Sunday first XI produced a stellar performance at Frecheville.
Eastwood won the toss and James Marshall and Shaun Stocks opened the batting, a solid 50-run partnership headed up by Stocks with 36.
Danny Roberts steadied the ship with a well-earned 44, supporting Mark Carlin’s solid 46. Skipper Ryan Elliott wowed the crowds with a quickfire 56 not out from 18 balls and Eastwood finished on 275, putting the game beyond Frecheville’s reach.
First-class bowling from Daniel Noble (3 for 32) and Paul Summers (2 for 28) did the damage as Frecheville were all out for 114, handing Eastwood Sunday firsts their fifth win of the season and securing the top league position.