Wet wicket has batsmen stumped
BATTING techniques were tested at McKittrick Park on Saturday, with 22 wickets falling in a day of carnage.
In a match dominated by the ball, wickets tumbled as both Easts and Tucabia Blue tried to come to terms with a wicket offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers.
In reply to Easts’ first innings total of 60, Tucabia fought hard and scrambled to 80 to take crucial first innings points.
At stumps Easts were 2-14 in their second innings, which has given Tucabia Blue a chance to push for outright points and an opportunity to leapfrog Tucabia White into fourth position on the table.
The toss of the coin on rain affected wickets is all important and unfortunately for Easts captain Doug Harris his batsmen’s skills were tested on a pitch providing sideways movement and irregular bounce.
“Water looks like it might have leaked through the covers and soaked into the pitch which made batting difficult,” Harris said.
“In the end we did well to get to 60; at one stage we could have been all out for about 20 but Connor Finney batted well and held the innings together.
“Josh Gorman was the pick of their bowlers and took 6-50 ... he was hard to handle.”
Despite chasing a meagre score of just 60, Tucabia also found the going tough and at one stage were 7-50.
“Amazingly we were right in the game when we had them seven wickets down. They were able to get over the line and we failed to take our chances,” Harris said.
“Aidan O’Brien bowled a splendid spell.”