HIGH SCORE: GDSC Easts Cricket Club president Bret Loveday, who has been sifting through club history, with last week's innings of 367.
HIGH SCORE: GDSC Easts Cricket Club president Bret Loveday, who has been sifting through club history, with last week's innings of 367. Adam Hourigan

A turning point for Easts?

CRCA CRICKET: It's been a long, lean period for GDSC Easts for the best part of two decades. But could that all be about to change?

Last week's grand total of 367 runs was the club's highest Premier League total since John Frame hit 124 in a major semi-final total of 4 for 410 in 1992, sending shockwaves of hope through the club.

"I got some texts saying we scored 367,” Easts president Bret Loveday said. "I thought it's a mistake, you've got to be kidding.

"We might've turned a little corner. But one innings doesn't make a summer.”

Loveday has not witnessed Easts raise a Premier League trophy since he joined the club in 2003.

"A couple of lower grade premierships and a night comp. But a bit of a barren era for the last 20 years.

"Maintaining player numbers and enthusiasm has been really difficult in the last few years. Like Souths this year, we only had 2nd and 3rd grade about seven or eight years ago.

"One of the main reasons we made it back into first grade was because Benny Hill stuck with us and attracted a few players. The fact we've kept on going just shows the spirit of the club.

"It's now a lot better side than it has been over the last couple of years and hopefully, touch wood, the next couple of years we might be on the way up.”

Loveday pointed out it was the association's three oldest clubs - Easts, South Services and Westlawn - that are currently struggling the most.

RECORD TOTAL: John Frame scored 124 in a total of 4 for 410 for Easts in the major semi-final against Brothers in 1992.
RECORD TOTAL: John Frame scored 124 in a total of 4 for 410 for Easts in the major semi-final against Brothers in 1992. Contributed

One of those - Westlawn - has the improbable task of chasing Easts' total at McKittrick Park today, as both teams search for an elusive first win of 2016/17.

Meanwhile, the wicket of dangerous Tucabia batsman Matt Dougherty (25no) will be the key to Coutts having any chance at all at Ellem Oval today.

Tucabia needs just 39 runs with seven wickets in hand to pass Coutts' total of 110.

Harwood will have another 17 overs to bat against Brothers after rain reduced the match to 61 overs per side. The premiers are currently 2 for 169 with Nathan Ensbey on 61 not out.



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