Harris hits top form for Easts

A MASTERFUL century by Doug Harris has given Easts a glimmer of hope against Tucabia at McKittrick Oval.

Batting at number five, Harris notched up a neat 100 to guide his side to a competitive total of 192.

Regarded as one of the best batsmen in Premier League, the former Easts skipper hammered his highest score of the season but not before some anxious moments early on.

“Doug had a couple of chances early but after that he batted superbly,” former Tucabia captain Chris Adamson said.

“He gave nothing after he was set and has been the backbone of their side all season.

“Doug played a fantastic innings but I was also impressed with Tim Whalan with the bat.”

Whalan, who took over the captaincy from Harris, kept the runs ticking over while up the other end Harris hammered the Tucabia attack to all parts of the ground.

Tucabia enjoyed a promising start to the match but let their grip on the game slip as Harris and Whalan took control.

“If a couple of things went our way we could have easily bowled them out for less than a 100,” Adamson said.

“We got three quick wickets and mentally the players thought it was just a formality to bowl Easts out for a low score.

“Tim actually came in on a hat-trick ball and survived.

"Our ground fielding was ordinary but credit must be given to both Doug and Tim for the way they batted.”

Tucabia resume their innings next Saturday on 0-1 and with their final hopes on the line, will need their big guns to fire.

A lot will rest on the shoulders of Tucabia's big three; Matt Kroehnert, Bob McKenzie and Matt Blanch who are all overdue for big scores.

But with Easts strike bowler Adam Spies in career-best form and Harris regularly picking up wickets with his gentle off-spinners, the Tucabia batsmen will need to be on their games.

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