Tuggeranong batsman Michael Barrington plays defensive game against Eastlake at Kingston Oval. Photo: Jay Cronan
IT LACKED his trademark aggression but a grinding half century from Adam Tett helped Eastlake get its one-day title defence off to a winning start against Tuggeranong at Kingston Oval on Saturday.
With the Demons in trouble at 3-23 batting first, Tett's composed unbeaten 68 from about 140 balls proved decisive in difficult batting conditions.
It allowed Eastlake to post 7-166, a total Tuggeranong (119) never really threatened to chase down after openers Michael Wescombe and Matt Floros were both dismissed for ducks.
The victory was sweet revenge for Eastlake after it lost to Tuggeranong in the semi-finals of last year's two-day competition.
''Adam batted fantastically today, he was the pick of the batsmen by a mile,'' Eastlake captain Michael Spaseski said.
Tuggeranong skipper Michael Barrington said the fact none of its batsmen played a similar anchoring role was costly.
In other matches, Weston Creek Molonglo chased down ANU's 7-206 in the 46th over, Norths had a 15-run win over Wests and Queanbeyan (9-234) also got off to a winning start against Ginninderra (178).