Blue cruise to win over Easts
EASTS’ batting woes continued on Saturday after they were bundled out for 86 runs against Tucabia Blue at Ulmarra.
Easts captain and newly appointed captain of the Clarence Valley Cricket Association First XI, Doug Harris, was despondent to say the least after his top-order failed to deliver.
“Our batting in the top order, apart from Nick Ada, was horrible ... just horrible,” Harris said.
“To be bowled out for 80-odd was very disappointing. We batted first and misread the wicket.
“There ended up being a bit in it.
“Nick got 27 and again looked good and Tim Whalen stayed around and toughed it out. Other than those two it was a pretty poor performance.”
Tucabia Blue’s bowlers gave nothing away on a wicket which provided assistance to their seamers.
The bowling honours were shared between Josh Gorman (3-31), Greg Mears (3-31) and Ryan Whitton, who bowled a tight spell of 3-11 from five overs.
In reply, Tucabia Blue passed Easts’ modest total with seven wickets in hand and 22 overs remaining.
Matt Dougherty continued his good form with the bat, top-scoring with 30, while opener Dan Cootes remained 23 not out.
Nick Ada was the pick of the Easts bowlers with 1-19 from three overs.
Easts need to turn their season around quickly if they are to feature in the finals series. The Christmas break may be what’s needed to regroup and evaluate their recent slump in form.