Easts' keeper Tim Whalan fields the ball during the premier league game between Westlawn and Easts at Ellem Oval on Saturday afternoon. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Easts' keeper Tim Whalan fields the ball during the premier league game between Westlawn and Easts at Ellem Oval on Saturday afternoon. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

GDSC Easts captain Tim Whalan surprises everyone at the toss

GDSC Easts captain Tim Whalan surprised everyone when he won the toss and elected to field against Souths Services on Saturday, his gutsy move leaving most players and spectators bewildered.

Despite a shaky start, Whalan's decision turned out to be a masterstroke as his bowlers skittled Souths Services for just 119.

Whalan said the main reason behind his decision was player availability.

"This week we had a few batsmen unavailable so we weren't going to be as strong batting today," he said.

"On top of that we've got a few bowlers out next week so it just made sense to send them in."

Doug Harris was the chief destroyer for Easts, ripping through the Souths line-up and nabbing 6-21, including a hat-trick.

But it didn't look as peachy in the beginning as Brett Woods led Souths to 2-82.

The wicket of Jake Frame triggered a disastrous collapse; Souths losing 8-37 to be all out for 119.

Souths' captain Tom Kroehnert didn't mask his opinion of his team's batting performance.

"To be bowled out for that is very disappointing," he said.

"We were travelling well at 2-82 then next thing you know we're out in the field.

"They just didn't put any value into their wickets and they paid the price."



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