Local derby sees Eastwood lose out

Eastwood Town under-11s have been crowned Champion of Champions.
Eastwood Town under-11s have been crowned Champion of Champions.

Eastwood firsts showed promise but crumbled at their home clash against Kimberley 2nds on Saturday.

Eastwood fielded first and Kimberley’s lower order batsmen scored consistent runs to reach 136 for 4, until challenged by Stephen Dockrell (4 for 52) and Luke Esson (3 for 41), supported by Ryan Elliott (1 for 43) and James Longden (1 for 21).

Kimberley ended up 189 all out after 46 overs.

In reply, Eastwood set off poorly with an early wicket, but Shaun Stocks continued his form scoring 78, captain Neil Gregory helping with a steady 31.

At 144 for 3 Eastwood had high hopes of victory, but the middle order batsman showed little resistance, losing five wickets for just seven runs to be all out for 173.

Eastwood 2nd XI took on Wilsons in a tough away encounter and, fielding first, paved the way to a reasonable start thanks to Dwayne Buckley and Dan Noble, but Wilsons’ batsmen took the initiative and scored at a high rate to set a daunting total of 240.

Eastwood’s run chase never really got going, losing wickets early, cheaply and consistently. Noble and Buckley put on a 60-run partnership, with Noble scoring 40, but it was not enough and Eastwood ended all out for 139.

Eastwood 3rd XI played Flintham seconds away and opted to bat first.

After losing Jack Carnell early, Dave Oliver and Greg Hatherley set about rebuilding the innings with a fine partnership of 53.

Oliver Smith, aged 14, scored his first senior half century, adding 53 runs to the total. Mark Carlin came to the crease and annihilated some poor bowling from Flintham on his way to a quickfire 74 as Eastwood finished on 256 off 45 overs.

Flintham struggled to make an impact, losing wickets at regular intervals. Outstanding catching from Hatton restricted Flintham’s momentum, along with impressive bowling from Carlin (4 for 25) and Hatherley (3 for 28).

The game finished with Flintham all out for 127 from 38 overs.

The Sunday second team were at home to Welbeck 3rds.

Eastwood batted first, earning a competitive 190 thanks to James Marshall and Stephen Dockrell both scoring half centuries.

Welbeck’s reply was short-lived, with Greg Hatherley taking five wickets for nine runs in a match-winning spell.

Eastwood’s Under 11s added to their recent league victory by scooping the Champion of Champions trophy as the only unbeaten side. The win distinguishes them as the best U11 team across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Coached by Mark Smith, the team consists of Jack Bamford, Codey Cartlidge, Ellie Smith, Finley Hayes, Caitlin Worthington, Sam Humphries, Anthony Pulford and Angus James.

Eastwood Town CC will host an inter-club friendly match on Sunday (21st) from 2pm at The Breach.

Players across the club’s five adult teams will don fancy dress, and spectators can enjoy a barbecue, games and music accompanying the game. All are welcome, and the bar will open from 2pm.