Mixed day for Eastwood

Eastwood finally got their season started at the sixth time of asking with mixed success, having a win and a two defeats for their Saturday teams.

The first XI lost the toss and were put into bat at Gedling Colliery, scoring a pedestrian 65 from their first 28 overs.

But the arrival of Gordon Pearson to the crease provided the catalyst for Eastwood to explode during their final 20 overs.

Pearson smashed 63 from just 36 balls, and with good support from skipper Neil Gregory (45) and keeper Steven Leese (34), Eastwood managed to get their score to 211 from the allotted 48 overs.

Gedling suffered an early setback when Lee Gomersall nicked a James Longden ball to Leese with the score on just four, but Shane Pidgeon and Rhys Hayes helped Gedling past 50 without further casualties.

Two quick wickets for Luke Elderkin and an lbw for Mark Smith put Eastwood firmly back in the game at 62 for 4, before a half century for Steve Burton and 34 for his brother Jeff steadied the ship.

Chris Berry (31) and Dean McEwan (23) then held their nerve with a stand of 38 for the seventh wicket, and despite two late wickets for Longden (3-40), Gedling passed their target with three overs to spare.

Second XI

Eastwood’s seconds won the previous week against Farndon and were hoping to carry that momentum forward against Hickling.

Hickling batted first and managed a respectable 156 from their 45 overs, opener Fisher top scoring with 44, Playle with 38 and 25 from Hell.

Hickling looked likely to post a much larger score being 117 for 3 with ten overs left, but three wickets each for Shaun Stocks and Paul Summers restricted Hickling to 156.

Stuart Hill got the Eastwood reply off to a good start with a quick 31, but the rest of the top six stuttered, save for Mick Cook’s 47.

At 118 for 5 the game was in the balance but a couple of quick wickets for Playle (5-36) meant Eastwood were struggling.

Summers hit an unbeaten 18but there was no support from Eastwood tail, and the final wicket fell one agonising run short of Hickling’s total.

Third XI

The thirds had a better Saturday, easily beating Radcliffe by ten wickets.

Radcliffe were dismissed for just 97 with two wickets each for David Oliver, Liam McClusker, 13-year-old Oliver Smith and skipper Rob Brentnall.

Eastwood knocked off the runs in 32 overs without the loss of a wicket.

Steve Dockrell was 55 unbeaten and Mick Pearson 29 not out.