Murray is Town’s nemesis in defeat

Gordon Pearson's 50 wasn't enough to stop Eastwood from falling to defeat against Attenborough.
Gordon Pearson's 50 wasn't enough to stop Eastwood from falling to defeat against Attenborough.

Eastwood firsts showed promise at their home encounter against Attenborough on Saturday, but poor catching and undisciplined bowling left them frustrated.

Eastwood lost the toss and batted first, new signing Adrian Marsh, putting on 41 and Jason Wooliscroft 38.

Together they held a solid partnership of 77 in 24 overs, before Marsh was caught mid-wicket by Andy Simkiss.

Wooliscroft was LBW off the bowling of Ian Wright, paving the way for Gordon Pearson to find form notching up 50. Experienced captain Neil Gregory backed it up with 49 not out, leaving a strong 235-5 as the target at close of innings.

Eastwood’s catching let them down though, as Attenborough’s opening batsman Tom Murray was dropped seven times, helping take him to 127 not out off 100 balls.

Eastwood’s opening bowler Ryan Elliott provided a breakthrough, taking two wickets in just three balls, including opening batsman Simkiss and Sam Clulow for a second ball duck.

Alec McKinley showed his experience, achieving 58 at a rate of one run per ball, forging a 142-run partnership with Murray until McKinley was stumped by Adam Leigh off the bowling of Steve Dockrell.

Attenborough continued to pile on the runs at an exponential rate, knocking off the target with ease in 31.2 overs.

With the 2nd XI fixture against West Bridgefordians abandoned, a club victory was left to the third XI.

Facing Kimberley’s 4th XI at Eastwood’s Hall Park, the home side won the toss and elected to bowl after a rain-delayed start that saw the match reduced to 30 overs per side.

Eastwood opened the bowling with the youthful partnership of Oliver Smith and Jared Bird, restricting the visitors to 96 for 9 with two and one wickets respectively. Rob Brentnall (3 for 18) and Kev Pearson (3 for 33) also contributed, and Bryan Towle produced a fine diving catch.

Eastwood got off to a flying start in reply, Tony Coupe batting through the entire innings with 37 not out.

Matt Pearson sustained his good form with a quick-fire 37, before leaving it to the dependable Towle to finish the job off and see Eastwood to a very comfortable win against their local rivals.

Eastwood’s Sunday XI firsts trekked to Coal Aston who batted first and were 99-2 at drinks before upping their game, Dave Rogers hitting 128 not out to set an impressive target of 300, just two wickets falling.

Eastwood began briskly with James Marshall smashing his way to 50 off of just 34 balls, before being bowled.

Neil Gregory scored 47 off 42 balls and Shaun Stocks provided the mainstay of the innings with a well-earned 70.

Solid partnerships helped Eastwood to a respectable 249 for 7 at stumps.

The Sunday second XI had a home clash against Edwinstowe who, batting first, limped through their innings despite Steven Beard’s 50.

Notable bowling performances contained the batsmen thanks to Eastwood’s Jake Humphries (4 for 18) and veteran Dave Summers (3 for 27) leaving Edwinstowe struggling to 143 all out.

Eastwood’s run chase was built around a chanceless innings led by Paul Rockley, who scored an strong 57.

Mark Stocks earned a rapid 24 before being stumped attempting an extravagant shot at the hands of Edwinstowe’s star bowler Tom Baggaley (5 for 38 off 8 overs).

Paul Summers, with 23 not out, saw Eastwood to a convincing win.