Easts choke under the bright lights

EASTS captain Doug Harris admitted his side 'choked' in its 26-run loss to Tucabia-Copmanhurst in the Wykes Tyrepower night cricket competition on Tuesday.

Under lights at McKittrick Park, Easts fielded well to reduce Tucabia-Copmanhurst to a 115-run total, but failed miserably with the bat to be rolled for 89.

Tucabia-Copmanhurst started poorly with opener Nathan Dougherty dismissed for a duck with only one run on the board.

Matt Pigg (11) and Matt Kroehnert (20) built some momentum before captain Bob McKenzie really started to pick up the run rate with a knock of 30.

Brendan Mitchell (13) continued to score runs, but his fellow tail-enders failed to make any impact as Alex White (3/6) picked up a number of quick, late wickets.

“We didn't have a lot of runs to work with,” McKenzie said. “It was the bowlers who certainly won the chocolates for us.”

Easts' run chase started well with openers Ben Hill (9) and Rohan Hackett (17) sharing a 33-run partnership, but the loss of four wickets for just four runs erased the early enthusiasm. Fraser Robinson (11) and Tim Whalan (15) kept up the scoring, but it wasn't enough.

“We choked ... they got on top of us and we couldn't recover,” Harris said.



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