Good weekend all round

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EASTWOOD Town Cricket Club enjoyed their most successful weekend of the 2011 campaign with all three senior sides producing positive results.

The first XI’s batting finally lived up to expectations as they secured a massive 105-run winning draw over Calverton.

After a rocky start for Eastwood, where they batted first and lost Adam Smith and Adam Leigh with the score on just 16, Eastwood pushed on with Jason Wooliscroft securing his third half century in five games and skipper Neil Gregory providing support at the other end.

The pair put on a magnificent 126 for the third wicket, which only ended when Gregory was caught in the outfield for 43 by Rich Lee while attempting to push up the run rate.

Eastwood were looking like they would only go on to post an ‘average’ score, as they had 146 runs with just a third of their innings left.

However, new recruit Gordon Pearson had other ideas, as he delivered one of the most brutal examples of power hitting seen at Eastwood in recent years.

Pearson blasted 82 in just 33 balls, which included eight massive sixes. His onslaught, together with Wooliscroft’s 74, propelled Eastwood past the 250 mark.

All rounder Dean Blake joined the party, hitting 40 in 20 balls as Eastwood posted their largest score of the season, a monstrous 309.

James Longden took two early wickets to put out any hopes Calverton had of chasing down their target.

Later on in the innings Eddie Lee impressed with 46 and Billy Bennett hit 48 runs, but no-one really took control for Calverton and they finished on 205 for 6.

Second XI

The second team’s excellent 2011 continued with a convincing victory over bottom of the table Epperstone.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Humphries was the star of the show for Eastwood, celebrating the end of his GCSE exams with a fine display of full fast bowling and career best figures of six wickets for just 17 runs to boot as Epperstone were bowled out for a modest 114.

This total was only achieved thanks to a battling 53 from Pete Foster.

Eastwood’s reply didn’t run completely smoothly as Epperstone made early inroads, dismissing Stuart Hill and Tony Coupe relatively cheaply.

However, James Marshall (31 runs) and an unbeaten 33 from Shaun Stocks saw Eastwood home without too much fuss.

Third XI

Eastwood’s thirds completed the set, maintaining their 100 per cent record in Division P against Great Dalby.

Great Dalby posted an impressive 199 thanks to 65 from a hard-hitting knock from left handed Paul Ward, and Harry Wells scoring 32 towards the end of the innings.

Greg Hatherley continued his good form with the ball by picking up another four wickets.

Eastwood started their reply cautiously against the new ball attack.

They added 52 for the first wicket before Jack Hatton was dismissed for 24.

Bryan Towle further helped the cause with a quick 36 before being clean bowled, but the mainstay of Eastwood’s innings was Mick Pearson who batted from start to finish with a fine unbeaten 85.

The win sees Eastwood stay clear at the top of the table.