Wayward Easts lose direction
ILL-DISIPLINED bowling by Easts thwarted any chance they had of causing an upset against Harwood at Iluka on Saturday.
“We bowled 22 wides which is not good enough,” a disappointed Easts captain Doug Harris said.
“In fact, remarkably extras ended up being top score in the innings. You take the extras out of the equation and we are right in the game.”
Batting first Easts reached 3-80 before some excellent bowling from Matt Young saw them plunge to be all out for 123.
“Our game plan was to set up a good platform then cash in later in the innings,” Harris said.
“We made a point of trying to keep wickets in hand to allow the middle and lower-order to make an assault in the final overs but unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way.
“We got tied down in overs 15 to 20 and our middle-order, in an attempt to score quick runs, found themselves under pressure.
“Peter Hickey bowled well and dried up the runs... he and Matt Young managed to put the clamps on us which made the going difficult.”
Once again Harris proved to be the mainstay of the Easts innings and was unlucky to be dismissed attempting a sweep down the leg side off Young’s bowling which looked to have come off his forearm.
Harris made a patient knock of 35 and was well supported by opener Paul Grieves who held the innings together with a defiant 49.
Easts lost their last seven wickets for 26 runs thanks to some splendid bowling by the frugal accuracy of Matt Young (5-34) and Peter Hickey (0-6 off six overs).
Harwood’s innings got off to an indifferent start losing Nathan Ensbey for 0 before Geoff Simmons (25) and Luke Harradine (28 not out) kept the run chase on track.
Harwood survived a late scare when Harris picked up the wickets of Mark Ensbey (17) and Matt Young (15) which saw them slump to 5-102 and threatened to make a game of it.
However with the ever-reliable Harradine still at the crease Harwood cruised to victory to be 6-124 with five overs up their sleeves.
Harris said apart from the high number of extras he was fairly pleased with the all-round efforts of his bowlers in the contest.
“I was impressed with our opening duo of Adam Spies and Jason Limbert, who tasted his first game this year in the top grade,” Harris said.
“They beat the bat more often than not and bowled without any luck.”