Within a hairs breadth

On a surprisingly sunny opening game of the season, Eastry were in good spirits after a pre-season which managed to avoid any major injuries. Canterbury won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked like a solid, dry track.
Guest skipper for Eastry was Roger Hill and he sent out Aero and Kevin The Groundsman to set the tone. With both trying to re adjust after a winter of indoor cricket it took a few overs to get up to speed. Aero started to find the boundary while Kevin nudged and nurdled picking up singles fighting through the pain of having to borrow shoes slightly too small. Before they could establish a partnership Canterbury found a breakthrough dismissing Aero for 20 bringing Harry Kenton to the crease. Harry soon picked up the pace with some power hitting along the ground causing a few fields to duck and dive to avoid a few irregular bounces from an uneven outfield. But just a Harry was kicking on he was deceived by a good old fashion straight ball. Eastry batsmen continued to progress with a few decent shots and also some unconventional from Paul Welch. The innings finished with Albert honing his vision and a usual cameo from Mayhem, settling for a 249 total.
Canterbury’s chase took an early set back when Dave Waring was asked to bowl from the pavilion end and rewarded Roger for his bold decision with a wicket in his first over. With Canterbury digging deep to steady the innings Roger looked to change it up and made another bold decision asking the returning Greeny not to bowl his new found pace weapon but return to the old trusted leg spin. Robson and Trafford both passed 50 with two different styles. Eastry were still unable to make the break through despite Greeny eventually unleashing the new weapon off a run up rivalling Matt Deveson. 20 overs were called and Eastry had a chance to regroup and mount one last push introducing Harry to the attack picking up 4 wickets. Once the breakthrough was made Eastry went into attack and found themselves needing only a couple of wickets to secure victory. But with a resilient tail, the final wicket did not come in the dwindling light.


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