Both Eastwood sides send Calverton packing after vital victories

Eastwood Town Cricket Club completed a double over Calverton last weekend as both the first and second XIs recorded convincing victories over their counterparts.

The first team managed to run out victors by four wickets.

Calverton decided to bat first and this almost instantly backfired on them, with both openers back in the pavilion before the end of the seventh over.

Steven Leese compounded Calverton’s misery with a sharp piece of fielding which ran out Eddie Lee for 14,

Ryan Evans tried to hold together Calverton’s innings, but wickets kept falling at the other end as Eastwood held onto some sharp catches in the field and left Calverton in complete disarray at 78 for 6.

It wasn’t too long before Evans himself succumbed to the pressure and was caught by Gordon Pearson from Ryan Elliott’s bowling for 27.

Calverton’s tail enders managed to add some respectability to the innings, as numbers eight to 11 all contributed scores in their teens, but they were bowled out in the final over for 175.

The final dismissal was a rare wicket for skipper Neil Gregory who held on to a caught and bowled, having been bowling due to an injury to Dean Blake during the match. Jake Humphries picked up three wickets for 58.

Eastwood reply started catastrophically, with Jason Wooliscroft adjudged lbw to Billy Armstrong for a duck in the first over.

Leese (27) came in at three to join Mark Smith at the crease and the pair settled Eastwood’s ship before Armstrong (3-58) struck again, dismissing Smith for 16 and then picking the prized scalp of Gregory in his next over.

At 53 for 3 the game looked in the balance, but Adam Smith produced a fine knock to help Eastwood towards victory.

His first half century of the season ensured the middle order stayed firm, as Smith received great support from Adam Leigh (31) and together the pair put on a vital 70 run partnership for the fifth wicket, before Kyle Welch dismissed them both in quick succession.

However, Eastwood only needed another 20 or so for victory and a couple of lofty sixes by Pearson saw Eastwood home.

The win sees Eastwood climb to seventh in the table but other results in Division B mean that Eastwood need a couple of wins in the remaining few games to ensure safety.

Long Eaton sit directly below Eastwood in the table and are next week’s opponents.

Second XI

The second team continued their pursuit of the Division F title with a clinical victory away against Calverton.

Eastwood bowled superbly with conditions and a wicket ideal for batting to dismiss Calverton for 134, thanks to three wickets for Dwayne Buckley and stand-in skipper Shaun Stocks, along with two for Greg Hatherley.

Calverton could have bowled out for a lot less, but a spritely 37 from number nine Tom Wright added some respectability to the total.

Eastwood cruised past their modest target with nearly 20 overs to spare. Stuart Hill was the only casualty, caught deep in the outfield for 39. James Marshall and Tony Coupe finished unbeaten on 42 and 45 respectively.

The results sees Eastwood only a few points away from securing promotion with five games remaining.

Next week is the first of the two Division F title showdowns with Kinoulton.