Tough weekend for Eastwood CC

Eastwood second XI player James Marshall scored 55 and took a superb diving catch.
Eastwood second XI player James Marshall scored 55 and took a superb diving catch.

Eastwood firsts had a disappointing weekend, losing for a second consecutive week in a home encounter against the Hyson Green Carrington Carribs.

Eastwood won the toss and opted to bat. Opener AJ Marsh made an early departure, with Eastwood never really making an impact against the bowling supremacy of the visitors’ Waheed Kayani (3-9), Ikram Ulhaq (2-19) and Naveed Kanwal (4-42).

Pick of the batsmen was Danny Roberts (25), with skipper Neil Gregory adding 16 and 13 from Mark Stocks taking Eastwood to a low score of 97 from 35.2 overs all out.

In reply the visitors knocked off the total with relative ease. Opening batsman Sohail Ahmed scored 34 not out and with a steady run rate contained, with help from Mark Smith (1 -12) and James Longden (1-14), Hyson Green reached the target with six wickets in hand and in 23 overs.

Relegated Eastwood seconds travelled to Bramcote in an attempt to restore some pride, but a further consecutive defeat followed.

Eastwood won the toss and batted first on a good track. However, Bramcote took wickets at regular intervals with only James Marshall (55) showing any resistance with the bat.

Eastwood were bowled out for a disappointing 126 in the final over.

Bramcote’s reply started in a nervous fashion with Dan Noble bowling superbly and taking 3 for 13, one of which was a superb diving one-handed catch at first slip by Marshall.

Bramcote reached 74 for 4 but pushed on confidently after drinks, reaching their total with just 27 overs bowled.

Eastwood seconds will now drop back to Division E next season.

Eastwood Sunday firsts hosted Ashover at the Breach in a mid-table clash which ended in a further defeat.

Ryan Elliott won the toss and elected to bat on an extremely slow pitch.

Accurate bowling and poor shots contributed to the top five being dismissed cheaply and Eastwood were struggling on 97 for 6 at drinks.

A well-crafted 36 from Stephen Dockrell and an exceptional 34 not out from Luke Esson gave the score some respectability and Eastwood closed on 148.

Ashover’s reply was steady and disciplined and always kept up with the rate required.

Stephen Hatherley picked up two quick wickets with a short spell of sharp bowling towards the end, but the visitors comfortably reached their target with two overs to go.