Dolphins with work to do after poor showing against the Tigers

04-Oct-2016 First Grade
On a good batting wicket on Saturday at Waverley Oval, Easts were beaten off the last ball of the match against last seasons' Grand Finalist's Sydney.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first the Dolphins amassed 7/245, with Test keeper Peter Nevill top scoring with 63. He was supported by Simon Chu who scored 52 not out and Peter Lazarus who notched up 33 in an opening stand of 71 with Nevill.
In reply, Sydney kept their run chase under control with a combination of some big hitting and crucial partnerships. But as the overs wound down, Easts put the brakes on. With one ball to go scores were tied with experienced all-rounder Ian Moran the bowler. Moran bowled a slow ball which the batsmen managed to get bat on and Sydney scampered through for a single to claim victory for the Tigers. With the ball, Will Somerville 2/42 and Daniel Magin 2/40 were the pick of the bowlers.
Second Grade
After last week’s victory in the season opener, Second Grade suffered a big loss to last season’s Premiers at Birchgrove Oval. Winning the toss, Easts batted first and got off to a solid start moving along to 0/41 and then 1/69 before the innings fell apart with the Dolphins eventually being bowled out for 125. James Deacon top scored with 39.
In reply, Sydney lost an early wicket but never looked threatened as the Tigers chased the Dolphins total down before 30 overs had been bowled to claim the bonus point and in doing so winning by eight wickets.
Third Grade
Third Grade put in a solid performance against last season’s Minor Premiers to register a 73 run victory at Trumper Oval. Easts won the toss and batted first with the top order setting a platform for a large total. The innings revolved around Ollie Maxwell’s 44 and Andy Coles who contributed 38. But as the ball softened, scoring became harder and Easts had to settle for 8/228.
In reply Sydney were on the back foot from the outset after losing an early wicket as the Easts bowlers stuck to their plans and the Tigers required run rate kept increasing. JJ Coutts and Jack Remond applied the pressure in the middle overs as Sydney fell to 8/95. A late innings revival with some lusty hitting projected the Sydney total to 155 as the visitors were bowled out in the 41st over. JJ Coutts picked up 3/32 as Jack Remond 2/20, Sam McNiel 2/25 and Patrick Turk 2/27 shared the spoils.
Fourth Grade
Easts won the toss and batted first at Ryde Oval and unfortunately didn’t have the greatest outing as they plummeted to 7/55. Some resistance from lower order batsmen Steve Lewis 31 allowed Easts to push closer to a three figure total as the Dolphins were bowled out for 96 in the 28th over.
With the Tigers 0/61, Easts were staring at a large defeat, but new comer Nikshep Mekala helped put the breaks on taking 3/12 in his Fourth Grade debut as Sydney passed the Dolphins total five wickets down.
Fifth Grade
Fifth Grade were at Snape for the first time this season and won the toss and batted and at 7/87 things weren’t looking great, but a good effort by the middle order pushed the Dolphins to 142 with Steve Towers compiling 48 not out. He was supported by Harry White 31 and Jack Fagan 20.
In reply Sydney chased the total down built around a large second wicket partnership. The Tigers ended up passing the total with five wickets in hand. Luke Course 2/30 and Jackson Coutts 2/16 were the pick of the bowlers.
Sixth Grade
Sixth Grade played their inaugural match in the Metropolitan Cup and fielded a young side against Blacktown at Trumper Oval on Sunday. Easts batted first and compiled 7/173 off their 45 overs off the back of 55 from opener Yianni Theodorakopoulos with James Dunn and Shreyan Deshpande offering support.
Blacktown responded with intent chasing the total down in 30 overs with nine wickets in hand.

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