East regroups after bad start
AT McKittrick Park, the match between Easts and Coutts Crossing is delicately poised.
Easts’ decision to bat back-fired quickly when they slumped to 3-7 thanks to a sublime spell of fast bowling by Brad Chard.
Chard produced another five-wicket haul and has established himself as one of the competition’s premier paceman.
After losing three quick wickets, including their captain Doug Harris, Easts regrouped and managed to post a respectable score of 177.
Asked about the poor start, Easts captain Doug Harris said although it was disappointing he was proud of how his batsmen fought back.
“We got ourselves out of trouble with a few partnerships," he said.
"A lot of guys chipped in with 20s and 30s which was good to see from the middle order. I would have preferred if at least one batsman went on with the job after getting a start... it was a good recovery and a good fightback.”
At 2-41 Coutts are a long way from notching up their second win of the season and their batsmen will need to apply themselves against a strong Easts bowling attack.
“The game is still in the balance. Both teams have had their moments but were unable to take the game by the throat,” Harris said. “It is set up for an enthralling game next week.”