Eastwood slip despite a dogged response

Brian Jeeves

Eastwood v High Roding 2nd – T Rippon Mid Essex League Division Four – Belfairs Park – Report

High Roding 2nd 132 (42.2 overs)

Eastwood 118 (43.5 overs)

Eastwood won the toss and elected to bowl

High Roding 2nd won by 14 runs

Eastwood recovered from 29 for seven to run High Roding’s second string close in a hard-fought T Rippon Mid Essex League Division Four encounter at Belfairs Park.

Eastwood appeared to be in a reasonable position after restricting the visitors to 132. Skipper Luke Harp traded gloves for the ball and returned three for 30, while Syam Samudrala claimed two for 23. Michael Stirrup, Rhys Tomlin and Alfie Jeeves were also amongst the wickets, while George Haddon was the pick of the High Roding batters with 38.

But the chase proved problematic for the home side who lost wickets regularly during the opening stages of their innings. Will Davis (9-2-11-4) and Amit Tulaskar (7.5-4-17-3) did most of the damage for the visitors.

Nevertheless, the hosts refused to throw in the towel. Stirrup and Jeeves batted superbly at the tail to carry their side close. Stirrup hit a well-deserved half-century which included five 4s and two 6s, while Jeeves’s supporting role gleaned 20 off a dogged 83-ball innings.

Eastwood: S Huckstepp, C Hill, R Creasey, C Turner, L Harp, S Samudrala, J Leavy, J Patel, A Jeeves, M Stirrup, R Tomlin

High Roding 2nd: A Duke, Joe Murphy, Jon Murphy, H Warnes, G Haddon, W Davis, R Pilcher, N Kumarapperuma, H Welland, C Smith, A Tulaskar

Eastwood 2nd slipped to a Division Seven defeat at Beaulieu Park 2nd, despite a solid 63 from Matt Feather and four for 41 from Jabir Abdul Hameed.

Eastwood 3rd continued their impressive Division Eleven start with a comfortable seven-wicket success over Great Baddow 3rd.

Billy Gibbons returned 7-2-22-3, while Phil Short had 8-1-14-2. Connor Stewart then carried his side to victory with a superb unbeaten 73*.


Brian Jeeves

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