Marsh’s ton aids Eastwood victory

Adrian Marsh was in fine form as Eastwood beat Long Eaton on Saturday
Adrian Marsh was in fine form as Eastwood beat Long Eaton on Saturday

Eastwood firsts had a battle on their hands as they journeyed to Long Eaton CC in a high-scoring encounter.

Eastwood lost the toss and fielded first. The home side were quick off the mark, with solid performances from their top order batsmen taking the side to 194 for 3.

Long Eaton’s openers Kieran Cooke and Andy Edge forged a 54-run partnership, with Tim Taylor putting on 83 before being caught by Eastwood’s James Longden.

But following the third wicket Long Eaton collapsed, adding only 37 runs between seven batsmen thanks to skilful bowling performances from Ryan Elliott (3 for 65) and Stephen Dockrell (4 for 79). At end of the innings, Long Eaton had set a worthy target of 231 for 9.

Although Eastwood lost an early wicket, strong partnerships saw Adrian Marsh and Adam Leigh put on 41, with Marsh and skipper Neil Gregory adding 71 runs together.

Marsh joined the club’s centurions, batting through to score 130 unbeaten and seeing the side to a triumphant finish with Dockrell (25 not out).

Eastwood knocked the target off with just three wickets down, in 44.5 overs.

Eastwood’s second team were challenged in their home clash with Hucknall.

Eastwood lost the toss and fielded first. Making a good start, Eastwood took steady wickets thanks to notable bowling from the experienced Dave Summers (4 for 42) and Luke Essen (2 for 53.

Hucknall’s Joel Wright and Jake Pates managed a 100-run partnership before well-taken catches by Rob Brentall (Wright) and Luke Essen (Pates).

Sloppy fielding and some missed chances from Eastwood helped the visitors to a total of 208 for 8.

In reply, Eastwood never got going, consistently losing wickets from the very start.

The middle order put up a fight, with Michael Cook and Alan Pearson each notching up 27. Despite a late surge from Rob Brentall with 38 not out, Eastwood didn’t do enough and finished the day on a disappointing 178 all out.

The Eastwood third team faced Stapleford away in a low-scoring game.

Stapleford batted first after winning the toss. The top scorer was Neil Gelder with 25 runs as the home side were contained thanks to fine bowling from Greg Hatherley (3 for 4) and Callum Reeve (4 for 26)

Chasing a target of just 76, Eastwood had high hopes of victory. However, the top order batsmen crumbled from the solid bowling of Hucknall’s Gelder (3 for 23), D Cooke (3 for 6) and Gary Dawson (3 for 4).

Eastwood’s most notable batsman was from Greg Hatherley on 18 not out and young Oliver Smith with 15.

The match finished with Eastwood scraping 55 runs, all out.