Devoy stars in loss to Sutherland, Robson remains confident26-Jan-2016
Despite another fine bowling performance by spinner Shane Devoy, Easts Dolphins went down to Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.
After the weather prevented any play on day one, the Dolphins were sent into bat with several batsmen making good starts but unable to convert these into significant runs in a team total of 212.
The top order had no trouble getting to double figures, but only skipper Sam Robson (45) and Ian Moran (25) made it past 20. Sandy Rogers added a valuable 37 at the end.
Even Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (12) and NSW star Nic Maddinson (20) fell just as they were getting going.
The Dolphins needed early wickets and at 2/33, the situation looked more promising for the visitors.
A couple of frustrating partnerships threatened to take the game away from the Dolphins but Devoy (4-71) struck twice to have Sutherland at 4/163, still 50 runs away from victory and with the game hanging in the balance.
Unfortunately the Dolphins left their run too late, eventually going down by three wickets.
Dolphins skipper Sam Robson felt the weather was a factor in the game but remains optimistic about the Dolphins’ season.
"We lost the toss and didn't play at our best which was disappointing. There were a number of rain interruptions during our innings which probably didn't help us and meant we lost momentum at times."
"We fought reasonably well in the field and team spirit amongst the boys is very good at the moment so hopefully this will just be a minor glitch leading into the run in to the finals."
"There was a fair bit of spin in the pitch and it's great having a left arm spinner in any team. Devoy has had a great season and hopefully it can continue."
Taz Tazdani (4/51) had helped bowl Sutherland out for 210 on day one, and the Dolphins resumed at 4/59 at the start of the day, needing a good partnership to steady the innings.
Unfortunately Mehta went early for 17, but Kettleborough and Pillay set about rebuilding the innings.
The pair put on 69 for the 6th wicket and Jacob Taucher (17) made some handy runs late in the innings as the Dolphins were bowled out for 167, giving first innings points to Sutherland.
Kettleborough was the best with the bat, making 75 at the top of the order, while Pillay made 44.
No play was possible on day one, but the teams took to the field on day two with everything to play for.
The Dolphins won the toss and sent Sutherland in, and it looked to be a great decision after Thomas Skelly (6/49) helped skittle the opposition for 138.
Things didn’t start well for the Dolphins batsmen, losing their first wicket without troubling the scorers.
But a fine half century to Sam Pointer got the Dolphins going and along with Alex Tunnadine (29), it looked to be heading towards a comfortable win at 2-100.
But from there Easts lost 7-36, which left the final pair of Mike Peacock and Tom Skelly four runs to get for the win.
Fittingly after his six wickets Skelly got the team home.
In a remarkable display of bowling, the Dolphins swept through the Sutherland on day one for just 32. Jack Remond finished with 4/3, while Brooks, Powell and Sarkies picked up two wickets each.
The Dolphins made 154 in reply as Sarkies backed up his earlier work with the ball by making an unbeaten 50, while Steele Brown made 58.
In their second innings, Sutherland made 8/111 off 85 overs, Harry Brooks picked up 4 wickets as the Dolphins won on first innings.
No play was possible on day one, and on day two, Sutherland made 6/127 declared. In reply the Dolphins cruised to the target with seven wickets to spare, Matthew Coles finishing on 59 not out.
In the Triforce Sports Tim Creer Cup, the Dolphins won the toss and batted against Macquarie University and made a respectable 8/155. In reply they bowled the opposition out for 119 for a 36 run victory.
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