Bowlers buoyant, batsmen blue
WICKETS tumbled at McKittrick Park as bowlers took the upper hand on a wicket devoid of any demons.
Easts eventually won the match against Coutts Crossing on a day which saw 23 wickets fall with both batting sides guilty of poor shot selection.
Chasing 174 for victory, Coutts started the day at 2-41 and were eventually dismissed for 99.
Seeking outright points Easts declared at 9-80 in their second innings with Coutts hanging on to be 6-65 at the close of play.
Easts captain Doug Harris said although the wicket was slow there were no excuses for either side on a day for the bowlers.
“Both teams were guilty of chasing the wide deliveries and hitting across the line on far too many occasions,” Harris said.
“The wicket may not have been ideal but the batsmen should have showed more patience and kept their heads down.”
“Our four seamers did a fantastic job particularly Damien Cameron who moved the ball around both through the air and off the seam... it was like he had the ball on a string.”
Cameron finished with eight wickets for the match and was well supported by Adam Spies who bowled at a good pace to take three Coutts scalps.
In a batting display both sides would rather forget, Easts’ Paul Grieves top-scored with 36 runs with Coutts Lewis Chevalley making a solid 26 in their first innings.
At 4-38 and with the prize wicket of Ken Willis back in the sheds Easts were a chance of picking up outright points until captain Tim Tilse (12 not out) and Lewis Chevalley (8 not out) kept the bowlers at bay.
“Tim and Lewis showed application at the crease, something the rest of the batsmen failed to do,” Harris said.
The match had little bearing on the race for finals spots.