Eastry won the toss and put Canterbury into bat on a fast drying track. Matt Deveson and Dave Waring took the new ball, with Deveson picking up two early wickets despite being erratic with his line and length. Canterbury struggled to adjust to the pace of the pitch and fell to a score of 79-7, with metronomic precision bowling from Andy Betts, and Mark Graves’ penetrating seam bowling picked up 3 wickets in his 6 overs. After a lower order rally from Minter and Apps, Canterbury finished on 145 all out which many believed was a very good score for the pitch.
In rapidly decreasing temperatures Eastry took their turn to bat and openers Aaron Friend and Kevin Deveson went about creating a solid platform to chase down Canterbury’s total. After three quick wickets Eastry were in a precarious position at 45-4, however a partnership of 46 from Gareth Friend and Matt Deveson steadied the ship at a score of 91-5. After a tense final 10 overs, in which Eastry required 4 an over, Matt Deveson managed to hit the winning runs with only 6 balls to spare, sealing a well deserved victory for Eastry and capping off a great contest.