Firsts still bottom but rest do better

Eastwood Town’s First XI lost a crucial game in their battle against relegation from Division B last weekend as they lost to Collingham by two wickets in a tense and tight encounter.

Eastwood batted first and got off to a flyer thanks to Gordon Pearson, who added a rapid 24 before being bowled by Thomas Barker in the fifth over.

Three more wickets fell cheaply afterwards, which left Eastwood in a tricky position at 65 for 4.

However, there was still plenty of time left in the innings and a patient 68 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Jason Wooliscroft and Steven Leese got Eastwood back into the match.

Leese was the man to depart, caught by Oliver Dyson off the bowling of veteran Dave Pipes for 27.

Wooliscroft continued his lengthy stay at the crease before picking up his pace towards the end of the innings, but was unfortunately caught out in the deep for a fine 63.

At the point of Wooliscroft’s departure Eastwood were well-placed with four wickets and five overs left, however the Eastwood lower order only added a further 12 runs as they collapsed, setting a target of 195.

Tom Barker picked up four Eastwood wickets and Mick Coote finished with three.

Eastwood have struggled to take early wickets with the new ball at times this season and this match was no exception as Collingham managed to get to 47 before Dwayne Buckley struck, catching James Cousins on the pads for 20.

Skipper Neil Gregory slowed the pace of attack down with the gentle swing of Mark Smith and he took three wickets early on in his bowling spell before breaking up a promising fifth wicket partnership as Jono Todd nicked a ball to Leese after adding 21 with the bat.

Hitesh Godhania ripped through two Collingham batsman the over after Todd’s departure to leave the Lincolnshire club in disarray at 129 for 7, but Tom Barker remained calm at the crease and added an unbeaten 44 to steer Collingham home.

There was a scare late on as Collingham lost an eighth wicket, but Karl Tew hit 16 to calm nerves and consign Eastwood to yet another defeat.

Second XI

The seconds waltzed past Beeston & Toton Sycamore, skittling them for just 105 thanks to three wickets for Dave Summers and two apiece for Ben Marvin and Paul Summers.

Beeston looked at one stage to be on course for a really low score, finding themselves 22 for 6 before Tom Fullwood added 35 and Dave Hoon chipped in with 40.

Stuart Hill got Eastwood’s reply off on track with a brisk 25, and 42 runs from James Marshall and 24 more for Tony Coupe saw Eastwood home without too much strife.

Third XI

Eastwood’s third team stole the show as they destroyed lowly Collingham thirds.

Collingham were bowled out for a paltry 51 on a wet wicket at Hall Park, thanks to four wickets for Greg Hatherley and three for Jake Humphries.

Bryan Towle helped Eastwood knock off their total in under 15 overs with a brisk 27.

The win sees Eastwood stay top of Division P.