A five-wicket haul and a quick-fire 29 by Josh Hicks helped Eastern Suburbs to start the 2017-18 season with a 116-run win against Kurri Weston at Kurri Central on Saturday.
Hicks clubbed 29 as an opener and then ripped through Kurri Weston’s middle and lower order as the Warriors were all out for 96 chasing Easts 7/212.
Easts captain Andrew Vickery was delighted with the opening-round victory but even more pleased with how the team had gelled.
“There were a few new faces in the line-up with Jack Bennett coming across from Kurri Weston and Jayden Park and Lucas Sargent returning from playing in the Sydney and Newcastle comps,” he said.
“It was really great fun, it was a really enjoyable day of cricket.
It was a good all round match by Josh, he took a couple of catches as well as getting runs and a five-for.
“Jack Bennett took a screamer to get Daniel Foster out after he had hit a giant six.
“The way we started we probably were on target for 250. I thought we were probably a bit short, but 212 is not a bad score on the opening day with a couple of good partnerships along the way.”
Jack Stoneman anchored the innings with 44 and there were good contributions from Park, 40, and Vickery 33.
Dallas Crane finished with 3-16 knocking over Kurri Weston’s top three and Brendan Allan and Park got one each.
For Kurri Weston Alex Seamer finished with 3-55, Josh Stockwell snared 2-34. Casey Capper scored 23 and Tim Harding was 16no.