Easts bats rampant

EASTS cricket club has blasted its way into contention for an outright victory with a 266-run total against South Services at the Ulmarra Showground on Saturday.

Easts, sent into bat, wasted no time in building its massive score and by the close of play had dismissed Souths top three batsmen to leave itself in pole position to grab maximum points.

Easts opening batsmen Ben Hill (65) was quickly out of the blocks but Greg Watkins (8) and Tim Whalan (4) failed to keep up with their captain.

Hill and Doug Harris (42) shared a 57-run partnership before Harris fell to Kye Masters (3/47).

Matt Hartmann (60) and Rohan Hackett (34) plundered another 74 run partnership before Matt Peterson (4/83) and Zac Page (3/75) combined to quash their flow of runs.

Souths doggedly fought back to claim Easts last five wickets for 48 runs, but the damage had been done and Souths was facing a mountain to climb.

“We just waited for the loose ball and put it away,” Hill said.

“They made two early breakthroughs ... but we made a good start.

“We got some of their dangerous batsmen out and now we just have to bowl well and bowl straight.”

The challenge facing Souths was made even greater when opener Tom Kroehnert was bowled for a duck by Rohan Hackett (2/18).

Brett Woods (35) and Jason Thompson (14) settled into their task, but a terrible last over and a half saw both wickets fall and leave Souths struggling at 3/55.

“They (Easts) will be looking to get an outright, but at that ground who knows what can happen,” Souths captain Tom Kroehnert said.

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