Doug Harris shines for Easts
DOUG Harris is more noted for his batting, but this season the Easts captain is fast becoming a frontline spinner and an important cog in his side’s attack
Against Westlawn at Ellem Oval Harris weaved his magic taking 6-58 in a marathon spell of 27 overs.
“There wasn’t a great deal in the wicket... the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat,” Harris said. “We needed to bowl a tight line and because we were getting behind in the over-rate I decided to bowl myself to get through the overs.
“Westlawn are renowned for their aggressive batting so we had to bowl good line and length and limit their opportunities.”
Harris added the wicket of Brendan Purser was a defining moment in the game.
Westlawn, still in party mode after their victory against Brothers on Friday night, scrambled to 189 which in retrospect may be enough against an Easts lineup which has been under the pump all season.
Solid contributions from Simon Wilson (29), Rohan Hackett (35) and Jason Chevalley (30) ensured Westlawn reached a competitive total.
At stumps Easts were 0-3 with Trevor White (1) and Connor Finney (2) the not out batsmen.
In a guest appearance for Easts, the mercurial Greg Watkins opened the batting but fell to a Rohan Hackett thunderbolt. Harris said it was a difficult time for the openers to bat late in the day.
“We had to face one over before stumps which isn’t easy, losing a wicket was not an ideal start,” he said.