Eastwood Town CC’s season got underway with a nervous one wicket win at home at the expense of West Bridgfordians on Saturday.
Eastwood won the toss and elected to put West Bridgfordians into bat, the visitors racing to 74-2 thanks to Henry Straw’s 67.
Luke Esson managed to pick up both scalps from his opening spell as he finished with 3 for 49.
Eastwood introduced some spin/medium pace into the attack in the form of Stephen Dockrell (2 for 45) , Shaun Stocks and Rob Brentnall (2 for 24) which was key to slowing the run rate down and after 30 overs West Bridgfordians were 122 for 3.
However, with wickets in hand, theywere able to throw caution to the wind with 59 runs coming from the last eight overs, Alex Sheriston finishing with 49 not out as the visitors posted 222-9.
After the break Eastwood got off to a flying start with 38 runs coming off the first six overs but wickets gradually began to fall leaving them staring down the barrel at 108 for 5 and the top five back in the shed, Sheriston the thorn in Eastwood’s side with 3 for 44.
A steadying innings of 29 from Dockrell edged them closer to their target and a fine innings from Ryan Elliott of 81 not out propelled Eastwood to victory with just two balls to spare.
Eastwood 2nd XI were away at Sutton Bonington fand it was a humbling day for the visitors who lost by ten wickets.
They were all out for 134 from 33 overs with the pick of the batsmen the maturing Mark Carlin with an in-form 42 supported well by Nick Grainger (37) and Bryan Towle (27). Lee Weedon for the home team finished with an impressive 5 for 39 and Ian Stone picked up 3 for 25.
Eastwood at the break were hopeful of making early in roads and pulling off an unlikely win but this was blown away by Sutton’s opening pair James Wilkes (74 not out) and Lee Weedon (51 not out) who romped to victory off just 21 overs
Due to numerous absentees and late drop outs Eastwoods 3rd team had to forfeit their game, though with the football season coming to an end they are quietly confident this will not be the case in future weeks
Eastwood’s Sunday XI at home to Grassmoor CC did not fare any better than the seconds the previous day.
Eastwood won the toss and elected to field but a good innings of 90 from opener A Bedford helped Grassmoor amass 243 for 7 from their 40 overs, Shaun Stocks taking 3 for 32.
In reply the Eastwood chase stood little chance with the score only on seven when they lost their third wicket, although Mark Stocks hit 34 to steady the ship and young Oliver Smith showed great signs for the future with 31 down the order but Eastwood were eventually all out for 133.