1st Grade vs Hawkesbury
Easts Dolphins suffered a first innings loss at the weekend, despite twin centuries from Sam Robson and Steffan Piolet.
In the two-match that was reduced by rain on the opening day, Easts declared at 4-248 but Hawkesbury chased the target with three wickets to spare.
With only 120 overs to get a result, Easts batted first but were in early trouble after the loss of Matthew Yiend and captain Adam Ezekiel.
But Robson and Piolet came together and put on a 197-run stand that swung the match Easts’ way.
Piolet was first to notch his ton and was eventually dismissed for 110 including four sixes.
It was the Warwickshire import’s second century for the season, which is coupled with his contribution of 22 wickets for the season.
Robson remained unbeaten on 117 when Easts declared after 59 overs, knowing that they would need to dismiss the Hawks to gain first innings points.
The Hawks made a strong start, progressing to 2-128, but a double breakthrough from opening paceman Nathan Rowe (3-50) sparked a collapse.
The steady fall of wickets saw the Hawks at 7-188 and Easts looked set to claim victory.
But a rearguard action from Hawks captain Shane Mott saw the visitors reel in the target with two overs to spare in the day.
Easts captain Adam Ezekiel said the game was yet another frustrating chapter in the season.
“We’re very disappointed with how things are going and embarrassed,” Ezekiel said.
“But there have been about 7 or 8 games this season, like this one, where we have been in a winning position and just haven’t closed it out.”
“It’s very frustrating.”
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