Young guns fire as Easts post memorable 367
CRCA CRICKET: THE rise of talented juniors Jacob Ellis and Jackson Grieve is leading the resurrection of GDSC Easts from the ashes of Clarence River Cricket.
The pair featured heavily as Easts racked up 367 in the GDSC Premier League clash against Westlawn at McKittrick Park on Saturday.
It was reportedly the club's highest first grade total since before the pair were born, not matched since March 1992 when Easts scored 5 for 410 in a first grade semi-final.
Jackson scored 66, including a 187-run 4th wicket partnership with captain Ben Hill, and Ellis 61 as Easts plundered the bowling attack.
While he led from the front with the blade, Hill (87) was most impressed with the patience and tenacity of his two junior all-rounders.
"I was really happy with how the younger boys pulled it together in the middle order," Hill said.
"I thought Jacob batted with a lot of maturity, especially when he was under pressure up one end."
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It was a thankless day for Westlawn in the field as they toiled away in the stifling afternoon heat without luck and Easts capitalised on several opportunities.
With both sides searching for their first win of the season, it was a match that rested on the turning silver and when it came up Easts way the experienced captain licked his lips at the opportunity of dismantling the bowling on a flat deck.
With Tim White (9) returning to the opener's role, Hill slotted himself in at four in a move that paid immediate dividends.
Shannon Connor (22) showed early intent to continue his good form hitting three fours and a maximum. The confident 33-run opening stand took the pressure off the captain who was able to play his shots from ball one.
"It was a really good deck to bat on and we knew this kind of score had been coming for a few weeks," Hill said.
"We spoke before the match about putting together big partnerships and working in pairs to a good total. It was great to see that come off."
But even when Hill and Grieve fell within 15 runs of each other the batting side did not panic, with Ellis and senior player Andrew Latham (43 not out) consolidating the innings with a 96-run 6th wicket stand.
"We spoke about knuckling down for a few overs after each wicket to stem any chance of a flow before resuming an attacking form," Hill said.
The one shining light for Westlawn was the efforts of young gun Noah Green (5 for 55 off 14.4) who picked up the first five-wicket haul of his senior cricket career.
With a big total on the board it gives the Easts attack plenty to bowl at when the match resumes next week.
"We made sure the boys all knew the job is only half done," Hill said.
GDSC EASTS V WESTLAWN
At McKittrick Park
Toss: GDSC Easts
Umpires: Steve Millar, Jeffrey Thompson
GDSC Easts 1st Innings
S Connor c Rainbow b Hackett 22
T White c Cahill b Blanch 9
M Robins c Rainbow b Green 16
B Hill c Vidler b Green 87
JR Grieve c Blanch b Green 66
J Ellis b Cahill 61
A Latham not out 43
N Harris b Green 10
A Spies b Green 0
BJ Shaw lbw b Rainbow 2
B Palmer run out (N Green) 2
Extras (b 16, lb 9, w 18, nb 6) 49
ALL-OUT for 367
FoW: 1-33(S Connor) 2-35(T White) 3-36(M Robins) 4-223(B Hill) 5-236(JR Grieve) 6-332(J Ellis) 7-351(N Harris) 8-355(A Spies) 9-362(BJ Shaw) 10-367(B Palmer)
Bowling: N Blanch 22-4-80-1, AP Cahill 10-1-61-1, R Hackett 2.5-1-12-1, PJ Vidler 12.2-1-39-0, N Green 14.4-2-55-5, K Lawrence 4-1-16-0, L McLachlan 2-0-21-0, JP Rainbow 12-0-58-1