Devoy's five helps Easts sneak home in thriller against Sydney Uni


By Adam Bagnall.

First Grade Easts Dolphins snuck into the quarter-finals of the First Grade Limited Overs competition with a thrilling three-run win over Sydney University on Saturday.

The Dolphins lost the toss and were asked to bat in their first game back after the Christmas break, and they looked to have lost none of the form that saw them amongst the top teams before the break.

Easts managed to post 214 on a slow Waverley wicket and it proved just enough with Sydney Uni dismissed for 211 with two balls remaining.

A 57-run opening stand between Angus Robson (26) and Matt Condon (35) laid a solid foundation but in the tricky conditions it was Sam Robson’s 62 that proved the backbone of the innings.

The former England Test player’s knock came off 91 deliveries and included two 4s and 1 six, while captain Greg Clarence (50 off 68) provided vital support in a 68 run stand Though from 3-177, the Dolphins were not able to finish of the innings and were dismissed for 214 in 49.4 overs. 

Sydney Uni also made a bright start, putting on 62 for the first wicket, but a double strike by Shane Devoy pegged them back. The Dolphins kept up the pressure with quick wickets in a devastating period in which the Students lost 4/30 and saw them in deep trouble at 6/119, still 96 runs from victory. 

And when Devoy took his fifth wicket to finish with 5-41 off 10 overs - Easts appeared to have the game in the bag with Sydney Uni 9-172.

Former Dolphin Will Sommerville though gave Easts a fighter scare, smashing 43 off 33 at number 9 to reduce the equation to four needed off three balls, before he was caught at deep long on. Second Grade Easts destroyed Sydney University to claim a bonus point thanks to an outstanding performance from the seam bowlers.

Second Grade

The Dolphins dismissed the Students for just 52, with Tas Yazdani proving a point to selectors with 4-15 off 7.1 overs. 

Jonathan Smith also finished with remarkable figures of 3/6 while Jacob Taucher took 2-10. Taucher took 3 wickets each. 

The Dolphins took just 11.2 overs to secure a comfortable 8-wicket victory.

Third Grade 

Despite a fighting 57 to Alex Tunnadine, the Dolphins went down by 79 runs. 

Batting first, Sydney University made 211 with Palmer taking 3/23 for the Dolphins. 

In reply, Easts lost early wickets and couldn't quite get a partnership going until Tunnadine and Peacock put on 68 for the 7th wicket. 

Fourth Grade 

The Dolphins went down by 4 wickets after batting first and making 102.

Easts defended gamely with Students taking 43 overs to pass Easts’ score.

Harry Brooks took 3-25. 

Fifth Grade 

Sydney University won the toss and batted, making 162 in 45.2 overs, with David Nash picking up 4 wickets. 

Despite an unbeaten 52 to Steve Lewis late in the innings, the Dolphins went down by 41 runs. 

Sixth Grade 

In Sixth Grade an outstanding innings from 13-year-old Yianni Theodorakopoulos (75*) led Easts to a 77-run win over Pennant Hills.

An unbeaten 59 to Christopher Hulston also helped the Dolphins to 2-184 off their 40 overs and in reply Pennant Hills managed just 9/107.

In a great game for Easts’ juniors 12-year-old Freddie Walton took 3-23 and Harry Kyriazis took 2-11.

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