Having lost the toss, Eastry were put into the field on what looked a docile track. However, Eastry were instantly rewarded by some hostile opening bowling courtesy of Matt Deveson. Eastry’s early inroads had put them firmly on top, but the combination of two Chapmans at the crease helped Sandwich stop the rot. Ben Chapman went on to carry his bat with a classy 71 not out. He was left standing alone though as he ran out of partners to stick with him. Harrison Smith gave a little impetus for the tail to wag, but Collins and Green helped limit the visitors to 138 all out. Eastry were commendable in the field with some sharp catching and precise bowling, providing a very gettable target.
In reply, Eastry succumbed almost instantly to overconfidence, losing numerous wickets within the first few overs. Matt Sear was the only one able to restrict the Sandwich onslaught with a new personal best of 8. Tight fielding and consistant bowling, aided by the occasional dubious decision ensured Eastry capitulated after reaching the 100 mark. This in itself was due largely to a last wicket effort from young Michael Eastman, becoming Eastry’s top scoring batsman on the day.
Harry Kenton – 04/06/2013