Israel Simpson goes on the attack for Coutts Crossing against Easts.
Israel Simpson goes on the attack for Coutts Crossing against Easts. Brendan Ray

Harris hits 70 to bring Easts home

EASTS captain Doug Harris has been in excellent touch with the bat this season and against Coutts Crossing at Ulmarra on Saturday he was once again their glue that held the innings together.

Harris blasted 70 not out as Easts surpassed Coutts’ total of 118 with eight wickets in hand and plenty of overs up their sleeves.

“We rode our luck a bit when batting at the end but were concerned about another thunderstorm. A few balls just fell short of fieldsmen,” Harris said

“We had already lost time due to the weather so we were keen to get the runs and the win.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Coutts could not have got off to a worse start, losing both their openers for nought as East’s opening bowler Dane James ripped through their top order, taking 3-33 from his eight overs.

Nick Wood (22) and Dean Hambly (27) picked up the pieces of a crumbling Coutts innings before they departed in quick succession.

Easts all-rounder Nick Ada created more carnage with the ball late in Coutts’ innings, snaring three wickets for 22 runs.

Harris said his side was gaining more confidence each week which was evident by his side’s turn-around in the field. At the start of the season Easts struggled with their fielding and continued to put down regulation catches. In the past three games that has all changed, according to Harris.

“Our fielding has really improved. We have been taking some brilliant catches and on Saturday we again took some screamers,” he said.

Coutts are still looking for their first win of the season but Harris thinks a win is just around the corner. “They (Coutts) are not far away from a win. They are a good bunch of young guys who are lacking a bit of confidence at the moment. They have a real good bowler in Dan Collins who bowled well against us,” he said.



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