Dolphins get mauled by the bears


1st Grade
In what was a tedious two day affair, neither side was able to secure six points after a delayed declaration from North Sydney. However, there were some notable performances. Will Sommerville continued with his impressive season getting four wickets and was the standout dolphin in this two day game. He was well supported by Jono Smith, Nathan Rowe, and Daniel Magin, who all took one wicket a piece. At the start of day two, North Sydney continued to bat, ruling out a possibility of a first innings win being achieved by either team. Easts valiantly attempted to chase down the mammoth score of 384, but time was not on their side. Easts were left with just 75 overs to bat on day two after North Sydney proceeded to bat close to lunch in a bizarre decision considering draws result in zero points for both sides.

In their reply, Easts got off to a shaky start, and the Bears had the Dolphins 4 for 78 as they looked for fast runs. Sam Robson continued to impress, scoring 95. Jonte Pattison also scored his highest score for the Dolphins with 65 not out, and at the other end Magin also scored 42 not out. Easts will be looking to turn things around against Northern District next round which will also be the third of four preliminary matches as part of the one day competition.

2nd Grade 
Easts began well on day 1 restricting the North Sydney Bears to 224. The standout bowler was Tas Yazdani achieving season best figures of 4 for 18. Jacob Taucher and Jack Remond also had a fruitful day taking 3 wickets apiece. In reply the dolphins scored 9/328 with the standout batsman being, Adam Ezekiel who notched up his second century of the season scoring 117. He was ably backed up by Tom Gallop, Sam Reading who got 40 and 45 respectively. The Dolphins had a chance of an outright victory sending the bears back in. (9/90 second innings no information)
3rd Grade
In a return to Trumper, Third Grade lost the toss and were sent in and the Dolphins proceeded to build a respectable total built around 56 from Alex Brooks and a dominant 70 not out from Will Simpson. Most batsmen got a start as Easts were bowled out for 290 in the 67th over. North Sydney were 0-24 in reply at stumps.

Mid week rain gave Easts the advantage as the outfield was thicker and the wicket slower and JJ Coutts 4-53 and Harry Brooks 2-51 capitalised leaving the Bears reeling at 6-62. But in the next three hours the Bears built a 160 run seventh wicket partnership and with ten overs left in the day all three results looked possible, but two excellent pieces of fielding resulted in runouts. Coutts then dismissed the captain and with three overs left in the day Rueben Taucher claimed a sharp chance off Turk to get the Dolphins a much needed 6 points.

4th Grade
In a low scoring two day game for both sides, Easts were narrowly defeated by North Sydney. On day 1 the Dolphins were all out for 109. Andrew Yaxley achieved the highest score for the Dolphins, scoring 30. Good efforts and resilience were shown by Dominic Cook and Terry Mystakas who got 21 and 17 helping Easts give something to defend. Easts had to come out firing and Steve Lewis got an impressive 3 wickets off 10, while Tim Brown chipped in with 2 wickets as well, however 109 was just not enough to take home the victory.

5th Grade
It was a nail biter of a two day game against North Sydney, where Easts were narrowly defeated by the Bears. The Dolphins achieved an impressive score of 9 for 246 nonetheless. On day one, Kirk Rimmer wowed the team getting 101 off 124 gaining his second century in as many innings. Other notable standouts were Vedant Agrawal who scored 35. On day two, Liam Evans impressed, taking 4 wickets and bowling an impressive 10 maidens. David Dunne also contributed gaining 2 wickets. Easts fell agonisingly close with the Bears surpassing the score 8 down after an 80 run ninth wicket partnership.

6th Grade
The Dolphins achieved an impressive win over UNSW, scoring 9 for 285 after Thomas Federow scored 119 in his debut match for the Dolphins while Darcy Matthews scored 98. On day two this scored proved too much for UNSW as they were bowled out for 134.

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