Poor start continues as Gedling take the points

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Eastwood’s first eleven suffered their second miserable result in two weeks as they were crushed by an in form Gedling and Sherwood side.

Eastwood were stuck in to bat by Gedling skipper Steve Carmody and the new look top order again struggled with only Adam Smith getting in the runs with a knock of 27 as they stumbled to 63 for 4 from the first 20 overs.

The next five overs saw Stuart Hill and Neil Gregory fight back for Eastwood as they put on over 50 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, the momentum quickly shifted as Hill needlessly picked out John Piggot on the legside boundary for an easy catch for 27. Eastwood needn’t have been too worried at this stage, with plenty of batsmen and time left in the innings.

Gedling’s slow right armer Ozzy Qayyum had different ideas, as he clean bowled Ryan Elliott to a careless shot, and after a brief revival with Gregory adding 28 runs and Mark Smith contributing 21, Qayyum quickly wrapped up the tail, finishing with figures of 4 for 39 as Eastwood were all out for a below par score of 165.

Eastwood’s reply needed to be virtually flawless and when Guernsey opening bat Matt Oliver was dropped in the second over, their chance slipped by.

From here, Oliver launched a breathtaking attack, despatching all bowlers to all areas of the park in a rapid and unbeaten 101 which ensured Gedling cruised to their target with more than 15 overs to spare, Mark Smith and Ben Marvin each picking up a wicket for Eastwood.

The second team’s match against Kirkby Portland was cancelled due to the weather.