Easts clean sweep UNSW thanks to tense First Grade run chase


First Grade

An Ian Moran century was the highlight as the Easts Dolphins continued their push for a finals spot by chasing down 359 against UNSW at Waverley Oval.

The Dolphins have scored more runs than any other side this season, and the win has them just one point off a finals place with two games to play.

The home side won the toss and returning skipper Greg Clarence sent UNSW in, which looked to be the right call after Daniel Magin made two early breakthroughs and, along with Moran, helped the Dolphins to a dominant position at 3/23.

UNSW fought back with a 143-run stand for the fourth wicket but two quick wickets gave the Dolphins the upper hand at 5/182.

Another strong partnership threatened to take the game away from the Dolphins but a wicket to Sandy Rogers and a run-out by Thomas Gallop gave them plenty of momentum as they looked to expose the tail order batsmen.

Yet another frustrating partnership delayed the end of the innings, but when wickets came, they came quickly and UNSW lost their last three wickets for 26 runs, finishing on 359.

The home side needed a good start to have any chance of reeling in the target but lost Lazarus for a duck early on. Nightwatchman Rootes made 5, but at the other end, Angus Robson was dominant.

Ezekiel arrived at the crease and they put on a 52-run stand before Robson fell for a well-made 76.

At 3/106, still 253 runs behind, the Dolphins needed a big partnership to rescue the match.

Moran, who earlier this season passed 11,000 first class runs, combined beautifully with Ezekiel and they added 142 for the fourth wicket until Ezekiel went for 57.

When Moran fell for 103 shortly after, the Dolphins found themselves exactly 100 runs behind, and only 5 wickets in hand, but a timely 49 not out to skipper Greg Clarence rescued the innings and he saw the team home with two wickets to spare.

Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence made his return in the game and offered his thoughts post match.

“We were able to build enough partnerships throughout the first two sessions to control the scoreboard. As a team we knew if we batted the day we would be very hard to stop from getting the runs.”

“We're Always looking to improve our fielding and taking those half chances so that will be a strong focus in the lead up to what is traditionally a flat pitch out at Bankstown Oval."

“It’s nice to be back out there and trying to maintain the momentum our batters are generating at the top of the order.”

Second Grade

The Dolphins won the toss and sent UNSW win, but couldn’t make a breakthrough for some time as UNSW put on a 74-run opening stand before Skelly made the breakthrough.

Not content with one wicket, Skelly proceeded to single-handedly rip apart the UNSW top order taking 5/33 in a remarkable display of bowling, while wicketkeeper Kevin Pillay took six catches.

UNSW went from 1/74 and looked like posting a good score, to 7/130, and only a 35-run partnership late in the game saved them from further embarrassment, eventually being bowled out for 186.

The Dolphins made a bright start, putting on 55 for the first wicket, and from there it was Deacon (71*) and Kettleborough (74*) who steered the side to a convincing 9-wicket victory that puts them in sixth position with just two  games left in the regular season.

Third Grade

The Dolphins bowled first and on the back of Palmer (3/32), Powell (2/10) and Taucher (2/12) bowled UNSW out for just 107.

UNSW had made a promising start, adding 29 for the first wicket but at one stage lost 4 wickets for just 2 runs.

In reply Pointer (39*) and Yiend (59*) made light work of the target, the Dolphins cruising to a 10-wicket victory, earning a bonus point along the way.

The win sees take outright first spot and gain position for a shot at back-to-back minor premierships. 

Fourth Grade

UNSW batted first and made 130 with Tupper (3/18) the standout bowler. Sarkies and Turk each picked up two wickets.

After a shaky start, Easts fell to 6-74 but thanks to Chris Hulston’s unbeaten 31, the Dolphins eventually got going, and won by 3 wickets.

Fifth Grade

The Dolphins bowled first, and led by opening bowler Steven Lewis (3/32) restricted UNSW to 166.

After losing a couple of early wickets, a half century to Andy Coles and an unbeaten 48 to George Black helped the Dolphins get home by six wickets.

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