Young gun's knock sets up win
EASTS’ young batsman Shannon Connor was thrown into the deep end against Tucabia White on Monday night and came out on top in style.
Connor was elevated to the opening position by his captain Doug Harris and the left-hander kept his cool under trying circumstances
If having to contend with Tucabia’s opening bowlers and constant barbs from the fieldsmen was not enough, Connor’s innings of 40 was more remarkable due to an up-and-down McKittrick Park wicket.
“The pitch was not suited to one-day cricket; it had variable bounce from the first ball,” Harris said.
“Shannon hit a few in the middle, stuck to his game plan and played an important innings.”
Batting first, Easts scrambled to be all out for 117, which on a ‘dodgy’wicket proved to be more than enough runs.
“A score of 117 was pretty good, we were happy to get the runs on the board knowing it was not going to be easy to bat later in the evening,” Harris said.
Apart from Connor’s match-winning effort, Nick Ada coming in at the all-important number three position looked in excellent touch before he chanced his arm one too many times and spooned the ball to mid-wicket for 15. Harris batting down the order chipped in with a valuable knock of 18
Bob McKenzie bowled a tight spell of 3-8 from three overs, with Rodney Mitchell taking 2-23.
It was a night featuring East’s young guns, with opening bowler Adam Spies taking 3-10 from five overs as Tucabia limped to be all out for 92.
Easts always looked in control with the Tucabia batsman finding it hard to put bat to ball. Bob McKenzie (20) and Brett O’Conner (14) made solid contributions but in the end the Easts bowlers were too good.
“Adam set us up for the win, he got a couple of early wickets which put them (Tucabia) under pressure,” Harris said
Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson said he was pleased with his bowlers’ efforts but losing the toss played a big part.
“I thought we bowled well and 117 was definitely a gettable target,” he said.