Dolphins fall out of top six despite Lazarus century02-Feb-2016
By Adam Bagnall
Peter Lazarus’ century at the top of the order wasn’t enough for Easts Dolphins who fell out of the top six with a loss to Blacktown at Waverley Oval.
Lazarus made 104, his second century of the season, and along with Matt Condon (36) the Dolphins made a bright start, putting on 53 for the first wicket.
Lazarus and Angus Robson (69) then put on a 156-run stand and skipper Ian Moran (50 off 47) pushed the Dolphins towards 300. Some handy contributions from Magin (18) and Devoy (17) gave the Dolphins a formidable total of 9/320 off 88 overs.
The Dolphins struck early with the ball and had Blacktown at 1/32 before a strong partnership saw the opposition put on 116 for the second wicket and swing momentum Blacktown’s way.
The Dolphins fought hard, but were unable to maintain the pressure and Blacktown passed the target in the 85th over with three wickets in hand.
Despite the loss, the Dolphins remain in the hunt for a finals spot and play fourth-placed Randwick-Petersham next week.
The Dolphins travelled to Joe McAleer Oval with both teams looking to break into the top six on the ladder.
Blacktown won the toss and the Dolphins were asked to bat first.
Ben Bryant (93) and Kevin Pillay (81) recovered a sluggish start and saw the Dolphins make a competitive 7/251 off their 50 overs.
With the Dolphins all over Blacktown at 7/81, still 171 runs from victory, the weather stepped in and the match was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method, giving the Dolphins a bonus-point win.
In a rain-affected match Easts Dolphins made an excellent 5/272 on the back of Michael Maclennan’s unbeaten 136. The innings also saw 'Mudguts' surpass 8000 runs for the club - an outstanding achievement.
Deacon also made 52 as the Dolphins overcame a shaky start to post an excellent total.
The rain arrived after 35 overs had been bowled of Blacktown’s innings with the score at 8/109. Great bowling by Brooks (2/19), Palmer (2/18) and Remond (2/21) kept the Dolphins on top and they earned a bonus point win to go top of the table.
Fourth Grade's season of misfortune continued as they were denied a near certain victory by the weather.
Blacktown batted first and made 114 off 41.4 overs but just 7.5 overs were bowled in the Dolphins’ innings and the match was declared a draw Easts on 1/40.
Steve Lewis took 4-25 with the ball.
An 81-run opening stand between Jono Bank and Angas Macdonald set up the Dolphins innings as they made 182.
In reply, spinners Mitch Clayton (4/42) and George Black (5/30) saw Blacktown collapse from 2-100 to be all out for 154.
In Tim Creer Cup action, The Dolphins restricted Burwood-Briars Gold to just 65 on the back of Jackosn Coutts’ 4/16.
In reply the Dolphins cruised to a 6-wicket victory in the 20th over, with James Dunn making 28.
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