Eastwood continues their good start

Brian Jeeves

Basildon & Pitsea 2nd 94 (40.2 overs)

Eastwood 97 for five (30.2 overs)

Eastwood won the toss and elected to bowl

Eastwood won by five wickets

A five-wicket haul from Ryan Creasey went some way towards Eastwood recording back-to-back T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Four victories as Basildon & Pitsea were beaten in a low-scoring match at a sunny Belfairs Park.

Creasey returned five for 20 from an eyecatching 7.2 over-spell, while Rhys Tomlin and Brett Deeming took two apiece as the visitors were dismissed for 94. Wicketkeeper/batter, Bryan Jones showed some resistance, top-scoring for Basildon & Pitsea with 31.

Eastwood didn’t have it all their own way. Indeed, Daniel Gray Jr took three for 21 to leave the home side floundering on 34 for four. However, an unbeaten 25* from skipper Luke Harp, complimented by Cameron Hill’s dogged 22* saw them home in little over thirty overs.

Eastwood: Stuart Coussins, Cameron Hill, Ryan Creasey, Praghash Ganeshalingam, Brett Deeming, Luke Harp, Ciaran Turner, Alfie Jeeves, Akhil Dogar, Michael Stirrup, Rhys Tomlin

Basildon & Pitsea 2nd: Steve Ayres, Luke Daw, Daniel Gray, Bryan Jones, Elliot Noble, Michael Gray, David Bonnett, Scott Noble, Daniel Gray Jr, Arslan Sidhu, Aariz Malik

Elsewhere, Eastwood’s second string were beaten by six wickets by St Andrews at Hannakins Farm in a Division Seven encounter

Eastwood posted 149 /for eight, with Jack Leavy hitting 42 and Stephen Huckstepp 36. Josh Phillips took four for 36 for the home side.

St Andrews reached their target in thirty-six overs. Sean Jackson with a half-century. Nirmal Patel (9-1-32-3) was the pick of the Eastwood attack.

Eastwood’s third team recorded a 21-run Division Eleven victory over Willow Herb 2nd in a well-contested match at Blackmore.

Wicketkeeper/batter, Lee Carter continued his decent start to the season with an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls as the visitors scored 214 for five.

Iain Douglas hit 52* for the hosts. However, they fell short of their target. Phillip Bartlett took two for 35 for the victorious Eastwood side.

Eastwood’s newly formed fourth and fifth teams went head-to-head at Belfairs, showcasing a host of youth and experience.

This was the first time in fifteen years that the club had fielded five teams on a Saturday afternoon. the fifth team, under the captaincy of Mark Armitage, took the honours in a well-contested match.

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Brian Jeeves

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