Eastern Hill’s earlier troubles this season could be a thing of the past after a strong attack against local rival Seymour put the A-grade side in the strong position of seizing an outright victory on day two this Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to field, the Eagles’ bowling line-up quickly went about business at Kings Park, dismissing the Maroons for 71.
Seymour’s Brett Gordon attempted to hold his side’s innings together, going into double digits, but it was all about the Eagles on Saturday.
Jake Sutherland was one to watch, picking up four wickets for a return of 11, while Dan Bergowicz and Ben Bryant were reliable support with two scalps of their own.
Eastern Hill coach Craig White said he was extremely happy with his side’s bowling performance on Saturday.
“I think it was a team effort. As usual, Ben was very consistent,” he said.
“With Jake, I think we're now starting to see what he is capable of. He’s hit his straps now and we're hoping he continues it for the remainder of the season.
“And Dan bowled really fast with the wind. It was a quick, fiery spell and his two wickets at the time were crucial.
“Generally Dan is our fastest bowler, but with the breeze he was a hell of a handful.”
While the Eagles have produced some honourable attacks this season, White said what stood out this time was the fact the team “never stopped attacking”.
“In the past we’ve let these situations slip and allowed partnerships to get momentum,” he said.
“This time we kept attacking, hence taking wickets at regular intervals."
And the Eagles were well on their way to securing the Maroons total by the end of day one, finishing on 1-54 at stumps.
With the Eagles’ biggest struggles coming from building batting partnerships this season, the home side looks in a strong position to go on and attempt an outright win.
Bryant looks in good nick with the bat, sitting on 31 not out, while Dan O’Sullivan (18) has also put together the solid foundations of a good innings.
With a big day of cricket set for this weekend, White said he was hoping his team would get some more “confidence out of their batting innings".
“Our first goal is to get the Maroons score,” he said.
“Then we’ll reassess after that. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves.
“While there is outright win possibilities, we’re not heading down that track as of yet.”