Rain denies firsts but U11s win title

Eastwood under-11s won their league without losing a game.
Eastwood under-11s won their league without losing a game.
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Eastwood firsts were denied the chance to challenge a target of 172 against West Bridgfordians as rain eventually ended their innings .

The home side won the toss and batted first, but at 49 for 4 WestBridgfordians were struggling, despite an eventual 51 not out from Alex Sheriston.

James Longden contained them with a marathon spell of 13 overs straight through, returning figures of 3 for 57 and backed up by Ryan Elliott and Stephen Dockrell, each taking two wickets.

Despite a slow innings, Eastwood were given a respectable target of 172 to challenge.

But with weather against them Eastwood never gained momentum. Gordon Pearson put on 18 runs and skipper Neil Gregory 16, but the visitors only managed ten overs and 52 for 3 before the game was abandoned.

Eastwood’s 2nd XI home encounter against bottom of the table Bramcote was called off, leaving only the 3rd XI to play a full day’s cricket.

They took on Kinoulton 2nds away in a closely fought game.

Winning the toss, Eastwood opted to bowl first, led by youngsters Oliver Smith and Jared Bird. They were supported by Bryan Towle who earned 4 for 40, helping Eastwood reduce the home side to 165 for 8 from 40 overs.

In reply, Eastwood held a steady innings despite losing opening batsman Tony Coupe for just one run.

Towle provided a rapid 23 runs, Mick Pearson 35 and Callum Wilkins earned 23, but ultimately Eastwood didn’t do enough to secure a victory.

Frequently lost wickets combined with strong bowling from Kinoulton left Eastwood 127 all out, falling short of the target by 38 runs.

With rain calling off the Sunday 1st XI’s clash with Spital CC, just the Sunday 2nds played, at home against the Nomads.

Eastwood lost the toss and batted first. David Oliver was an early victim amid a slow start to the innings, with just 70 runs on the board after 20 overs.

But impressive batting from Danny Roberts added 82 after he was dropped twice at 49, and Stephen Dockrell notched up a well-earned 81.

The pair set Eastwood in good stead with a 100-run partnership, supported by Mark Stocks contributing an unbeaten 56 to give Nomads CC 250 runs to chase.

The Nomads never made a significant impact thanks to superb bowling from Paul Summers who claimed 3 for 21 and helped by Callum Wilkins (2 for 6). The visitors ended all out for 93.

Eastwood’s under 11s had a winning week, with the A team taking the league title in the Notts & Derby Border Youth League after a campaign in which they were the only unbeaten side.

It is the fourth time in the past five years Eastwood’s youngsters have won this title, competing against teams from Heanor, Langley Mill, Denby and Selston.

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

After dominating the league for years, only two members of the current team will be eligible to play next season to defend the title, Ellie Smith and Caitlin Worthington.

The team will play a cup game today (Friday) at Denby.

Eastwood Town CC welcomes new junior players. For details contact club secretary Ryan Esson on 07884 023521.