01-Nov-2016 FIRST GRADE
The Dolphins have won their second game on the trot to push them to within a win outside of the top six after Ian Moran made 173 not out to steer Easts home against Sutherland at Waverley Oval on Saturday. On a windy day one, Easts won the toss and sent competition leaders Sutherland in who made a competitive 343 with Henry Thornton (4-60) and Will Somerville (4-109) getting amongst the wickets. Easts lost the wicket of Adam Ezekiel on stumps to be 1-6.
On day two Easts were reeling early at 3-49 and a partnership was required to steady the ship. With former England Test opener Sam Robson at the crease with Moran, the Dolphins got their chase back on track with a 90 run partnership before Robson fell for 59. Moran was then joined by Simon Chu who put on 140 for the fifth wicket as Easts moved closer to the required total. Moran bought up his ton off 116 balls and moved through to 173 not out when Easts passed Sutherland’s total with five wickets in hand. Moran’s innings included 23 fours and a six, and during his innings Moran passed 12,000 career First Grade runs and moved into fourth place in the all time First Grade run scorers in the 123 year history of Sydney Grade cricket.
At Glenn McGrath Oval, only 48 overs were able to be bowled on day one due to inclement weather, but that was enough for Easts to impose themselves on the Sharks bowling them out for 157 despite a frustrating last wicket partnership. Jono Smith (4-38) and Jacob Taucher (3-49) did the damage with the ball. Easts went to stumps at 0-15.
With 120 overs to play on day two the game was on an even keel at one stage with Easts 7-114 in reply, but in an all-round performance Jacob Taucher scored 47 to help steady the ship with Sam Reading. Easts were eventually bowled out for 200, giving them a 43 run first innings lead. In Sutherland’s second dig it was Nathan Rowe who was the destroyer taking 6-47 as the opposition were bowled out for 139 in 48 overs. Rowe was backed up again by Jono Smith who took 2-13. This left the Dolphins with 97 runs to score in the remaining ten overs of the match for an outright result, which was led by Tom Gallop who hammered 63 off 37 balls. With one run required off the last ball of the game to get maximum points, Gallop was run out at the bowlers end and the Dolphins had to settle for a first innings win.
Third Grade suffered a disappointing four run loss after a dramatic batting collapse after tea on day two at Trumper Oval. Easts won the toss and sent Sutherland in on day one and bowled them out for 206 with Matt Sarkies (4-40), Harry Brooks (3-36) and Angus Palmer (2-34) amongst the wickets. Easts went to stumps at 2-39 with the match evenly poised.
The Dolphins found themselves in trouble early at 4-66 after two early wickets, but a 111 run partnership between Andy Coles (87) and Prinya Kham (48) put Easts in command. With only another 30 runs required for victory, with six wickets still in hand Kham was dismissed which started the collapse which saw Easts loose six for 26. Despite the efforts of Coles and Kham, only three batsmen passed double figures in a disappointing chase. Third Grade will be looking to turn their form around quickly as they face up against Sydney Uni next round in last season’s Grand Final replay.
Fourth Grade registered their second win of the season with a comprehensive win at Tonkin Oval. Winning the toss, the Dolphins sent the Sharks in and dismissed them for 145 thanks to a five wicket haul to opening bowler Steve Lewis who returned figures of 5-31 off 16 overs. He was backed up by leg spinner Pat Turk who took 3-20.
Easts made no mistake chasing the total down with the loss of only three wickets. The chase revolved around Rueben Taucher who top scored with 68 who also shared an unbeaten 81 run partnership with captain Michael Quinn who finished 36 not out.
Fifth Grade also suffered a heart breaking narrow loss going down by three runs attempting to chase Sutherland’s 235 at Snape Park. Easts sent Sutherland in on day one and the opposition compiled 235 after being bowled out, right on stumps with Andrew Yaxley (4-49) and Nikshep Mekala (3-28) amongst the wickets. James Hooke offered support with a tidy 2-36.
On day two the pendulum kept swinging back and forth between the two sides as the Dolphins searched for six points. The chase was centred around the efforts of Terry Mystakas who top scored with 57 and later Steve Towers who made 43. With three wickets in hand and only four runs required for victory the Dolphins lost three for none after skipper George Black was run out, leaving the number ten and eleven exposed.
Sixth Grade suffered a significant loss to Sydney Uni at Trumper Oval after the students posted 334 on day one. This total was compiled despite the efforts of Jackson Coutts who took 4-42 and Nick Lawrie who chipped in with 2-18.
On day two Easts were skittled for 134 with Shreyan Deshpande continuing his good form with a well compiled 59.

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