Easts set the bar too high for the Baa Baas to run down

COMEBACK: Dean Moore top scored for Easts with 67 in their win over the Barbarians on Saturday.
COMEBACK: Dean Moore top scored for Easts with 67 in their win over the Barbarians on Saturday.

A dominant batting performance by Easts’ top order set the tone in their game against Barbarians on Saturday.

Sam Uphill’s side were sent in to bat and hit the ground running with Dean Moore and Dean Waters soaking up time at the crease. 

Waters was dismissed for eight before Aaron Whackett came in to score 49. Moore topped the scoresheet with 67 while Nathan Porter bagged 52.

“I think everyone batted well, Dean Waters especially. His score doesn't show that he batted well but he batted a long period of time in tough conditions so that was good,” Uphill said. 

“Especially to see Aaron and Nathan score runs, that's always good. They're big confidence players so to get them off to the right start this season is always nice.”

Uphill declared on 7-239 and then it was up to the side’s strong bowling attack to finish the game off. 

Barbarians have plenty of power hitters in their side and put up a “fair fight” in chasing down their opponent’s total. 

It wasn’t enough as they reached a 118-total with Easts sharing the wickets around. 

Uphill finished with 2-23, Jackson Gwynne 2-9, Todd Francis 1-11, Matt Jackson 2-43 and “pick of the bowlers” Mitch Gwynne with 3-32. 

“It wasn't easy, especially when the rain started to come, we were starting to panic a little bit but it was nice to get those last couple of wickets and get the result,” Uphill said. 

“He [Mitch Gwynne] bowled really good lines, he stayed consistent especially when the boys were trying to get up him, he stayed on the right areas and got rewarded.”