Knight holds off Coutts to give Easts hope
CRCA: GDSC Easts earned a reprieve last week when wicket keeper Brad Knight steered them out of danger with a well earned half-century before the rain called play off in the early afternoon.
With the side in dire straits at 4-6 Knight strode to the crease on a mission to conserve his wicket and see out the Coutts opening attack.
Despite the Easts fight back to see them end on 5-81, Coutts captain Luke Cox believes his side is poised to earn outright victory and claim maximum points.
“We were in a really good position there until the rain came along,” Cox said. “I believe we are an eighty per cent chance of getting the outright. They are not a very strong side.”
Cox admitted that his bowlers should have gone on with the early breakthroughs but praised Knight on his effort to hold up one end.
“We got a few early wickets but later on Knighty really got stuck in and held us off,” Cox said. “Our bowlers really struggled because of the humidity and the heat, we had short spells and no one could really get their rhythm going through the innings.”
Easts captain Ben Hill said he was confident in his bowling attack to pick up early Coutts wickets and possibly challenge for their first win.
“We are just hoping to put another fifty or sixty runs on the board and get stuck into their top order early,” Hill said.
“We’re pretty sure Coutts will come out blazing. If they come out like that we might get some loose shots and pick up some early wickets to put some pressure on their batting line-up.”
Coutts need to win the match to keep their finals playing hopes alive.