Eastwood produce stunning fightback to earn a tie

Eastwood Town CC produced a stunning late fightback to secure a tie in a tense encounter against Plumtree at The Breach.

Plumtree batted first and their top order looked really strong as they posted a formidable total.

Steve James and Michael Tew had set the platform for Plumtree innings with a pair of brisk 40s, before 57 from Robert Tapp and an unbeaten 46 from Alamgir Khan at the close of the innings meant Plumtree had scored a daunting 263 for 5.

Luke Elderkin was arguably the pick of the Eastwood bowlers, grafting away in conditions good for batting to finish with three wickets.

Eastwood lost Jason Wooliscroft early on in their reply before Mark Smith (24) and Adam Leigh (34) provided some stability to the innings.

However, this came at a cost, and at the halfway point Eastwood needed more than eight an over to claim victory.

They needed a catalyst to get their innings going, and Gordon Pearson again produced the goods with his 69 from just 36 balls which gave Eastwood half a chance of chasing down their target.

At 176 for 5, work was still required, with 23 from Steven Leese and 37 from skipper Neil Gregory keeping Eastwood going.

Khan, however, was picking up wickets for Plumtree, claiming 5 for 74 and leaving Eastwood needing 17 runs from the last two overs with just two wickets intact.

Dwayne Buckley hit a big six helping Eastwood score 12 in the penultimate over, but he got out with Eastwood needing three to win with two balls left.

The last batsmen managed to scramble two dramatic singles from the final two balls meaning a tie and good points hauls for both teams.

Eastwood face bottom of the table Long Eaton next weekend and will fancy their chances of a victory and a march up the Division B table.