Partnership secures Easts win
AFTER winning the toss South Services elected to bat first against Easts at Ellem Oval and the decision by their captain Tom Kroehnert appeared to be the correct one – that is until Tim Whalan and Nick Ada went on a batting rampage.
Chasing 194 for victory Easts were in trouble early at 3-26.
Enter Whalan and Ada.
The pair put on a match-winning partnership of 131 which captain Doug Harris described as ‘brilliant stroke-play’.
A good understanding between the wickets also helped propell the duo, with many twos turned into threes.
“We were in a spot of bother early then Tim and Nick came to the crease and batted beautifully,” Harris said.
“After we lost those early wickets I thought it was going to be a repeat of previous weeks but Tim and Nick stood up today.
“Tim backed up his excellent work behind the stumps ... he hit the ball crisp particularly down the ground. Nick was just brilliant, he stroked the ball to all parts of the ground and guided us to victory. It was a well-judged innings.
“The running between the wickets was probably the highlight ... it was fantastic.”
For Harris it was a welcome return to the winners’ circle after a poor run of form from his troops.
“It was a much needed win. It was good to see the boys stand up and deliver after copping plenty of criticism from myself in recent weeks,” he said.
Posting a score close to 200 will win you most limited over games but unfortunately for South they struck an Easts side desperate for a win.
South got off to a flier with openers Brett Woods (39) and Matt Peterson (57). Needing a breakthrough, Harris threw the ball to Jason Limbert with immediate results.
Limbert removed Peterson and soon after claimed the wickets of Chris Cleaver and Michael Fletcher to finish the day with 3-55.
“We weren’t sure if or when we’d get a breakthrough. Jason bowled a good line and pegged them back,” Harris said.
“Woods and Peterson put away the bad balls early and made us pay but to the boys’ credit we hung in there.”
Batting down the order, Tom Kroehnert remained 40 not out but in the end it mattered little.