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23/05/2015 Home vs Woodcutters

Eastry started the weekend with a victory over touring side Woodcutters. After losing an early wicket, Eastry looked to rebuild and did so gradually with Woodcutters openers bowling tight lines. Seeing off the opening bowlers for the loss of just the one wicket, Eastry looked to kick on. Paul Welch played an uncharacteristic innings scoring and running quickly in an effort to get back in time to organise tea. The Lord had set a target of 225 but with regular wickets falling, the target was getting further away. A wicket in the last over brought Dave Waring to the crease and with a few swings he brought the total to within 1 of the target, much to the Lords disappointment. It was pointed out that the total 224 meant a chase of 225 and so the Lord was happier going into tea.
After tea, Eastry took to the field in high spirits, these were further lifted by an early wicket from Mathew Deveson. However Woodcutters fought back with both Isaac and Jessop reaching half centuries and putting Woodcutters in a good position. With Eastry getting nervous and the Lord questioning his own target, there was one last push and as the result of some tight bowling from D Swain the breakthrough came. As the old saying goes one brings two, and before long Woodcutters had gone from 122-1 with 20 overs left, to 171-9. The last Woodcutters batsmen of Clifton and Patterson showed some fight and frustrated Eastry with some intelligent batting getting their side to within 9 of the total. Desperate times called for desperate measures and so the Lord turned to James Mayland who had previously gone for 48 off 5 overs. But this time he was back with vengeance and marked out the long run, taking five balls to claim the final wicket.

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