All Grades in the hunt for finals spots with a round to go08-Mar-2016
Despite picking up an early wicket in Bankstown’s second innings, the Dolphins were beaten by Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on Saturday.
The loss leaves the Dolphins in a precarious position, just one point away from a finals spot ahead of their one-day clash with Mosman at Waverley Oval next Saturday.
After making just 69 in reply to Bankstown’s first innings of 252, the Dolphins were always going to be struggling, but Daniel Magin made the early breakthrough with Bankstown on just 9.
A 123-run stand for the second wicket followed, pushing Bankstown further ahead but Jonathan Smith and Magin again got the Dolphins back into the contest with Bankstown sitting at 4/163.
Unfortunately two more strong partnerships took the game away from the Dolphins as Bankstown put on 72 for the fifth wicket and 62 for the sixth wicket, eventually closing the day at 6/311.
Daniel Magin finished with 2/66 and Smith took 2/60.
Nathan Rowe and Taz Yazdani have secured the Dolphins a comfortable victory after the pair ripped through the opposition with the ball.
The Dolphins entered day 2 full of confidence after James Kettleborough (150*) and Mark Morley (126) had given them a sizable first innings total of 352.
The Dolphins, full of confidence, proceeded to rout Bankstown for just 85 thanks to Rowe (5/52) and Yazdani (4/29).
Bankstown crumbled to 4/19 and never recovered with only one batsman passing 20 in the innings that lasted just 31.1 overs.
The Dolphins enforced the follow on and Bankstown reached 3/191 at the end of the day as the wicket flattened out.
Second Grade now sit in 5th position and with a couple of clubs hot on their tales, a win in the final round would be required to assure them of a finals spot.
Bankstown resumed at 3/77 chasing Easts total of 140. With Easts looking for early wickets on a flat Jensen wicket, Bankstown crawled to the total 6 down with wickets shared amongst the seamers.
Bankstown batted on after tea despite a generous offer from Easts to forge an outright result from the match with a sporting declaration.
Play was eventually called with Bankstown 7/190. Harry Brooks finished with 3/49.
Easts slipped from 1st place to 3rd on the ladder and play 2nd place Mosman in the final round. A win will secure 2nd place while a loss will likely move them down to 4th on the ladder and an away match first week of the finals.
Easts needed just over an hour to wrap up proceedings and claim maximum points bowling Bankstown out for 72 in the second innings, off the back of bowling the Bulldogs out for 51 in the first dig. Captain Matt Sarkies claimed 3/12 while Matt Tupper and David Dunne chipped in with 2 wickets each.
Easts just needed 2 overs to knock off the 4 runs to claim a 10 wicket outright victory.
The Dolphins still sit in 6th place with a win next round potentially moving them as high as 3rd position on the ladder dependent upon other results. A loss and bonus point victory to Sydney would see them miss out.
The Dolphins successfully defended their impressive first innings of 5/278, Jonathan Bank top scoring with 108 at the top of the order.
In reply Bankstown were unable to handle Zaeem Tapia whose 4 middle-order wickets paved the way for victory, while George Black took 3/39.
Fifth Grade has moved to the top of the ladder and are assured of a top 2 finish, with a 6 point win ensuring them of the minor premiership.
The Dolphins went down to the Georges River Sharks by 74 runs. The Sharks batted first and made 5/168 with Jackson Coutts taking 2/30 off 8 overs. In reply the Dolphins lost wickets too consistently despite the efforts of Joshua Genner (36) and were bowled out for 94.
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