Tough weekend for Eastwood CC

Eastwood faced Attenborough away and despite losing the toss and batting first, made 70-0 off the first ten overs.

At the halfway mark the visitors had amassed 100 for only two wickets lost, but a rain-affected game meant the run rate took a hit during the break.

A solid 97 from AJ Marsh was supported by skipper Neil Gregory contributing some big hits (23), with Mark Stocks adding 25 to take Eastwood to a total of 195 off of 48 overs .

A good start from Eastwood’s bowlers had Attenborough worried at 65 for 5, but Eastwood couldn’t contain free scoring Sam Clulow, who scored 105 not out.

Notable bowling came from Shaun Stocks (3 for 22) but it wasn’t enough and Attenborough secured victory by four wickets.

Eastwood second XI’s poor run of form continued as they slumped to a third successive defeat at home at the hands of West Bridgfordians, missing over 15 regular players from their side.

On a damp day the match was reduced to 32 overs per side.

The home team won the toss and elected to bowl with the opening partnership of Martin Worsley and Callum Reeve doing well by restricting the visitors to a very slow start without looking particularly threatening.

With wickets required the experienced duo of Alan Pearson and Rob Brentnall were called upon, both bowling well and picking up a couple of wickets apiece.

However, the strength of the Bridgfordians batting line -up proved too much as they reached a good total of 160 for 6 off of their 32 overs.

In reply, Eastwood’s lack of depth proved to be their downfall. While the visitors bowled tightly and showed their strength with some unplayable deliveries, it was poor shot selection and the lack of depth that ultimately cost Eastwood dear, being bowled out for less than 100 for the third week running.

The third XI’s game against Kimberley was called off.

Eastwood’s Sunday side were challenged in their home clash against Frecheville Community CC 3rds.

Fielding first, the pick of Eastwood’s bowlers was Jack Hatton (3 for 30), supported by the young Oliver Smith (2 for 43).

With some solid batting, the visitors managed to score 188 from 40 overs.

Despite an 85 from Shaun Stocks and Neil Gregory adding 59, Eastwood’s run chase collapsed with the home side all out for 177.