East finish season with dogged effort

By TONY WHITE

"BETTER late than never," East Royal Tavern captain David Cox commented after his side held off South Services' bid for an outright win at J J Lawrence Field on Saturday.

After resuming at 4-35, East was dismissed for 79 ? 222 runs behind South ? and was immediately sent in to bat again.

The resistance of Rob Leek (10) in the first innings made an enormous difference, Cox said.

"Rob batted for an hour, about 20 overs, and saved us from being dismissed quickly," Cox said.

Jason Thompson finished with figures of 6-14 from 12.2 overs and was ably assisted by Ryan Lynch, 2-17, and Matt Peterson, 2-22.

East stubbornly resisted in its second innings. Cox was run out for 15 but Ben Hill (55no) and Rob McKenzie (51no) stayed at the crease until stumps. East made 1-133.

"We batted nearly two full sessions without losing a wicket. That's a record for us and showed with purpose, we can do it."

Due to results from other games South snared the minor premiership, a great result for the young team captained by Brett Woods.



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