Eastwood cricketers showed their strength on Saturday with all three teams securing impressive wins, continuing a solid start to the season.
The first XI hosted Gotham Village, winning the toss and opting to bat. Adrian Marsh helped a sharp start with 26 runs off 24 balls.
A stunning 138-run win was produced thanks to notable performances from captain Neil Gregory (75) and Adam Leigh (77), forging a 125-run partnership, Leigh’s tally including four sixes and six fours.
Steve Dockrell joined forces with Gregory to forge a 44-run stand over five overs, leaving an imposing target of 262 which was always going to a tough call for the visiting side.
Ryan Elliott’s right arm fast secured two important wickets in two balls, breaking through Gotham’s upper order.
Seventeen-year-old Dan Noble impressed in just his second match for Eastwood’s first team with a superb outswinging delivery which removed the stumps of Gotham’s experienced Gary Kerslake.
Spin bowler Dockrell buried the visitors’ hopes of a losing draw, putting in a stand-out performance to take 6 for 13 to win the game.
Eastwood’s second XI were rewarded for their trip to Kinoulton, although a low scoring game made for tense viewing for the away supporters.
Eastwood won the toss and chose to field, with Alan Pearson earning five wickets from 27 runs on his 58th birthday. Added pressure from Andrew Pearson made for consistent wickets, leaving the home team 107 all out.
Kinoulton’s top scorer M Tariq was run out thanks to some fine form by Eastwood fielders.
Eastwood saw Kinoulton off for 110 for 8, with Danny Roberts notching up 39 not out to see Eastwood home.
With promotions for the past consecutive two years, the win puts Eastwood seconds at a well-earned third in their league.
Eastwood’s third XI completed the club’s Saturday clean sweep in style, competing against Stapleford at their Hall Park home ground.
A solid display put 77 runs on the board on what was a difficult pitch.
Experienced opening batsman Tony Coupe batted through the innings, achieving 36 not out.
Stapleford only managed to scrape 35 all out as a result of fine bowling from Greg Hatherley (5 for 16 off nine overs) and skipper Rob Brentall (4 for 6 off 4.2 overs).
The win puts Eastwood third XI fourth in their table.
The Sunday first XI got off to a slow start against Edwinstowe at home, batting first and setting a target of 147. Mark Smith held the innings together with a solid 40, and Shaun Stocks got a steady 30.
Captain Dwayne Buckley took two well-timed wickets after a sharp opening spell by Ryan Elliott. Dan Noble took a further wicket but to no avail, with the visitors winning with three wickets remaining.
The Sunday seconds faced Kiveton Park away, losing the toss and fielding first.
At the half way mark, Kiveton only had 75 for 3 on the scoreboard, helped by two wickets from Jack Hatton. But some lofty blows from Kiveton’s Firth, who batted well for a solid 60, took the target to a daunting 203.
Eastwood’s innings got off to a steady start, Alan Pearson scoring a credible 78.
With 45 needed from the last five overs, the game could have gone either way, but thanks to some aggressive hits from Steve Dockrell and Dave Oliver, the target fell to a nail-biting nine needed from the final over.
Two quick fours and a well-run single then saw Eastwood home with one ball to spare.