Easts cruise to victory
EASTS went into Monday's night's cricket game against Brothers as underdogs and came out winners.
In what was expected to be a one-sided game, Tim Whalan and his men proved the cynics wrong, cruising to victory with eight overs to spare.
Batting first, Brothers were all out for 99 thanks to some splendid bowling by Brendan Palmer and leg-spinner Brendan Cotten.
In reply, Easts never looked in trouble, reaching 5-101 with plenty of overs in the bank.
Palmer kick-started Easts' extraordinary wicket surge when he snared two quick wickets including the prize scalp of Andrew Lancaster who appeared to be on a mission to rush home to watch Junior Masterchef.
Cotten, a young wrist-spinner on the rise, picked up three wickets with a wonderful display of leg-spin bowling.
And according to Whalan, his delivery to dismiss Brothers captain Mick Summers was a pearler.
"Young Brendan impressed me and bowled very tight and the ball he bowled to Mick was well thought out," Whalan said.
"He decided to bowl ball an offie (off-break) and Mick didn't pick it.
"Also, Brendan (Palmer) is looking good after being out of first grade for a few seasons.
"He troubled the batsmen and took advantage of the new ball with his swing."
Whalan admitted the loss of Doug Harris this season has been a huge blow but added it was a chance to blood some new players.
"Losing Doug has left us short on experience but it's good to see some of the younger players stepping up," he said.
"We expect Nick Ada to be back for our next game. It's a good start to the season and we are also in a good position against South on the weekend."
Kyle Masters (31) and Shannon Connor (27) were the pick of the Easts' batsmen.
Defending champion Harwood will take on South Services next Monday night.