Easts return to form with round five-win

STEPPING UP: Tyson Burey landed a blow early to dismiss Nick Page for one in Saturday's game at the Sportsground.
STEPPING UP: Tyson Burey landed a blow early to dismiss Nick Page for one in Saturday's game at the Sportsground.

Easts returned to the winner’s circle after a month-long absence when they downed Guyra on Saturday. 

Guyra won the toss and went in to bat. 

Openers Troy Martin and Ryan Walker departed early with Jackson Gwynne landing the double blow. 

Easts bowler Tyson Burey dismissed Nick Page for one and Guyra were on the back foot. Matt Finley stepped up to the crease for the visiting side and managed his team’s top score of 27 before he was sent by Todd Francis. 

Francis finished with four wickets as Guyra were all out for 92. Easts captain Sam Uphill claimed one while Matt Jackson nabbed two. 

Easts stepped up to bat and their openers started much the same as Guyra’s with Dean Moore returning to the sheds with a duck and Aaron Whackett departing on two. 

Francis made his impact felt again with the bat as he soared to 38 while Clarrie Moran added 37 to chase down Guyra’s total and land the win. 

Uphill said they side made one change during the week with younger brother Luke’s performance in second grade last week too good to ignore. 

“Dean Waters was the unlucky one. He went back to second grade and batted very well back there so that was good,” he said. 

“Luke Uphill came up after scoring 100 in seconds and didn't get a chance to have a bat so that was also a good result. 

With a slight shake-up needed to kick his side into gear, Uphill said the rest of the first grade team could well face the possibility of a demotion to second grade should they not lift their game. 

“It's going to be that way all year. If our second grade keep going - they had a really good win on the weekend and beat a good TAS side and had a really strong batting performance - a few of us could get tapped on the shoulder and saying 'listen we need runs scored or you'll be in second grade,' which is a nice problem to have,” he said.