Lowly Keyworth stun Eastwood

Neil Gregory scored 35 against Keyworth but his side ultimately fell to defeat.
Neil Gregory scored 35 against Keyworth but his side ultimately fell to defeat.

Eastwood firsts had a disappointing weekend as they were defeated by bottom of the league Keyworth CC at home.

Eastwood won the toss and opted to field due to a bowler-friendly wet wicket.

Rising star Ryan Elliott helped contain Keyworth’s batsmen with figures of 4 for 39 off 13, supported by James Longdon (3 for 50 off 14 overs). Together the duo saw off Keyworth’s top order at 30 for 3.

Eastwood’s committed vice captain Adam Leigh returned to the side following injury and made an important catch to limit Keyworth’s D Strong to 24 runs, despite nursing a broken thumb.

Impressive fielding from Shaun Stocks backed up the bowlers, and Eastwood were left to chase 190 for 9.

The reply began unsteadily with an early departure for Eastwood’s Jason Wooliscroft.

However, opening batsman Adrian Marsh found form, amassing 79 runs.

Marsh forged a 95-run partnership with skipper Neil Gregory, who notched up 35 before being unluckily run out.

Despite managing a respectable start to the innings, Eastwood’s batting soon collapsed. The last recognised batsman Ryan Elliott began solidly, with 18 runs off 22 balls, but lofted a shot and was punished with a catch from Keyworth’s D Hillier.

Eastwood lost nine wickets for just 42 runs, leaving them all out for 156.

Eastwood’s second XI ended their unlucky spell, journeying to Leicestershire for a clash with Long Whatton.

With a damp wicket, Eastwood won the toss and fielded first.

In a slow starting game, the experienced Dave Summers put in a strong performance of 5 for 26 off 8 overs.

Other notable bowlers included Andrew Pearson (4 for 41 off 12) and Luke Esson (0 for 50 off 12). Long Whatton struggled to make a major impact, posting 173 at close of innings.

Eastwood’s run chase was a consistent, strong team effort, hampered by opening batsman Stuart Hill going for a duck with a controversial LBW decision.

Tony Coupe performed well with 32 runs, matched by veteran Alan Pearson. A 48-run partnership was delivered courtesy of Matt Pearson (26) and Bryan Towle (22 not out) and skipper Mark Stocks contributed a respectable 26.

With no significant challenge from Long Whatton’s bowlers, Eastwood knocked off the target in seven wickets.

Eastwood third team’s home encounter against Madni CC was abandoned due to pitch condition.

The only Sunday fixture, for the first team, was cancelled due to Shirebrook CC being unable to field a team.