Shaky start but seconds get victory

With the first team game at The Breach cancelled, Eastwood Town second XI recorded their second victory of the season by two wickets in a tightly-fought contest away at Lenton & Willoughby.

Captain Alan Pearson won a hugely important toss and did not hesitate inserting the home side into bat on a damp wicket.

With 32 overs a side agreed, Daniel Noble (3-15) and Ryan Elliott (3-34) took the new ball and both bowled accurate and fruitful eight-over spells, ripping out the top order and leaving Lenton & Willoughby on a precarious 55-6 after 16 overs.

The tail showed slight resistance for the home side, however Lenton limped to what appeared to be an uninspired 84 all out from 24 overs.

Eastwood’s openers, confident of victory, came to the crease but could not have envisaged a worse start.

Fantastic opening spells from Pickerell (4-16) and Boot (3-14) coupled with an array of poor shots meant a swift end for Marshall, Towle, Stocks, Pearson and Elliott, leaving Eastwood devastated at 9-5.

With the home side sensing an unlikely victory they continued to pile on the pressure, removing the middle order with no performance of note, and with Eastwood at 37-8 there looked to be only one outcome.

Down and out at this point, Eastwood’s Oliver Smith joined Rob Brentnall at the crease for a heroic partnership which could prove vital at the end of the season.

Brentnall (31) and Smith (17) confidently took the game to the home side with some fine shots to all parts of the ground putting on a match-winning 47 and keeping the mass of spectators on the edge of their seats to the very end.

Eastwood reached their target in 25 overs, a victory which moves them to forth in the table.

Eastwood’s second XI take on Gedling and Sherwood’s first XI at The Breach on Saturday.

Eastwood’s Sunday XI took on Coal Aston at The Breach in a one-sided encounter which Eastwood lost comfortably by seven wickets.

Eastwood won the toss and chose to bat on a spongy wicket and slow outfield, on which runs were hard to come by.

Mark Carlin (26) offered some resistance to some tight bowling spells and there were many starts by the Eastwood batsmen that never transpired into a big score.

Eastwood were eventually all out for 111 in the 36th over.

Coal Aston wasted little time in their reply, reaching their total in 14 overs for the loss of three wickets.