Eastwood suffer defeat at Bottesford

Eastwood Town CC 1sts suffered a 65-run defeat on Saturday in the South Nottinghamshire Cricket League Division B.

Playing away to Bottesford Town, they were asked to bowl first after their hosts won the toss.

Bottesford’s Nick Silverwood (72) and Dave Allen (53) made substantial contributions at the top of the order as their side began to build towards a very handy target.

Jim Ward chipped in with 44 and there were a total of 47 extras to boost the score, which eventually reached 255-8 in 48 overs.

For Eastwood, Shaun Stocks took three wickets while Oliver Smith and Stephen Dockrell claimed two apiece.

In their reply, opener Adrian Marsh got things off to a good start with a brisk 43 from 49 balls.

The most substantial innings came from Gordon Pearson in the middle order.

He made 56 from 55 balls, a knock that saw him hit four fours and four sixes.

But no one else was able to get beyond 11 as Bottesford’s bowlers applied the pressure to the middle and lower order.

In the end, Eastwood were dismissed for 190 in 41.5 overs.

For Bottesford, Alasdair Culpin was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-29 from 11 overs.

The defeat means that Eastwood are now in seventh in the division, with 96 points from their 11 games so far this campaign.

On Saturday, they will host Kimberley Institute 2nds in an eagerly-awaited local derby encounter.

n Selston Town CC 1sts are very handily placed in second position in Division 5N of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

On Saturday, they took on Allestree and lost by 53 runs, only their fourth defeat in 13 league matches to date this season.

Batting first after winning the toss, visitors Allestree eventually were dismissed for a very handy score of 241 from 45.2 overs.

Tom Windscheffel (62) and Andrew Layton (82) were the star performers with the bat for Allestree.

For Selston, James Bailey was in excellent form with the ball, returning the fine figures of 5-36 from 12 overs.

Paul Stovey took two wickets.

In reply, Selston Town started brightly but were eventually dismissed for 188 to lose the game in the 34th over.

For Selston, Christian Pratt scored 35 at the top of the order, James Lindley supported with 20 and Stuart Egan top scored with 53.

Selston are now two points ahead of second-placed Ashover.