Eastwood ease to win at Bridgford

Adrian Marsh hit an unbeaten 72 to help Eastwood to victory over West Bridgfordians
Adrian Marsh hit an unbeaten 72 to help Eastwood to victory over West Bridgfordians

Eastwood firsts claimed a crushing and vital victory against West Bridgfordians and remain in the promotion hunt in Division B.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat on what looked like a good pitch.

James Longden (2 for 21) and Ryan Elliott both bowled tight opening spells restricting the visitors to just 31 for 4 at drinks.

The visitors struggled to take off the shackles and a fantastic spell of spin bowling from Stephen Dockrell (5 for 16) eventually led to West Bridgfordians finishing on a hard fought 107 from 45 overs.

Eastwood’s reply began in a cagey fashion with the wickets of James Marshall, Shaun Stocks and Gordon Pearson being given away cheaply.

But Adrian Marsh initiated a brisk pace and, alongside Neil Gregory, brought the victory home for Eastwood, finishing on a well crafted 72 not out.

Eastwood travel to top of the table Attenborough next week after moving up to third position in Division B.

Eastwood second XI travelled to third-placed Thrumpton and after winning the toss skipper Rob Brentnall elected to bat on what looked an indifferent pitch.

Eastwood lost the early wicket of Dan Noble, bringing together Mark Smith and Bryan Towle who grafted hard to bring the score to 42 for 1 before Smith (12) chipped a catch to mid-off.

Eastwood then lost wickets regularly and when Towle went for 34 to the left arm spin of M Aleem, the last few batsmen failed to trouble the scorers and Eastwood fell to a disappointing 93 with the home team spinner picking up 5 for 12.

Trying to recreate the magic of last week’s bowling effort Eastwood started promisingly, with Martin Worsley picking up the first wicket of the innings with only his second ball, and Noble claiming the other Thrumpton opener shortly after.

This brought Joe Richardson to the crease and some wayward bowling allowed him reach 44 not out to guide his side to a relatively easy victory.

The third XI took on Wymeswold at Hall Park in a low scoring game which saw Eastwood suffer a heavy defeat.

Batting first, only two batsmen managed to make double figures - Steven Hatherley (13) and Jake Humphries (24), with the rest struggling against notable bowling from Jack Shelton (4 for 10) and P Parkes (4 for 21). Eastwood ended the innings all out for 58.

Despite Humphries making good inroads with two wickets for 10, the low target set by Eastwood was knocked off with ease by Wymeswold who won by eight wickets in just 16.3 overs.