Easts build strong total on back of Lazarus, Moran in local derby09-Feb-2016
By Adam Bagnall
A great batting performance has Easts Dolphins in pole position at the halfway stage of their two day clash with local rivals Randwick Petersham.
Captain Ian Moran and Peter Lazarus both made 92, Simon Chu made 56 and solid contributions from Matt Condon (46) and Angus Robson (48) saw the Dolphins’ reach 377.
Condon and Lazarus got Easts off to a great start, putting on 105 for the first wicket before Condon was forced to retire hurt.
The 19-year-old opener was struck on the foot and scans later confirmed a broken foot - bringing a premature end to his season.
His unfortunate departure did not stop the flow of runs as Lazarus and Robson added 78 for the second wicket before two quick wickets threatened to undo the good work.
But Chu and Moran steadied the ship, putting on 120 for the fourth wicket and guiding the Dolphins past 300.
The 9th-placed Dolphins have scored more runs than any other side this season as they look to secure a finals spot with just 3 games remaining.
Such is the congestion on the table, a win would likely see Easts back into the top six.
The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bowl first which looked to be a great decision after Randwick Petersham crashed to 3/15.
Some frustrating partnerships forced the Dolphins to work hard for their wickets and they eventually bowled the opposition out for 163.
Nathan Rowe led the way with the ball taking 4/59 and Thomas Skelly also bowled well, taking 3/41, while Jacob Taucher took 2/25.
The Dolphins lost two early wickets but James Kettleborough (78) rebuilt the innings and the Dolphins sit at 3/133 heading into day two.
The Dolphins elected to bat first and were led by young opener Sam Smyth (50) who made his maiden Third Grade half century.
Smyth was well supported by Matthew Yiend (40) and both Prinya Kham and Ollie Maxwell made 30.
In reply Randwick Petersham are 1/12 off 3.1 overs.
Randwick won the toss and batted but could only manage 124 as Taucher (4/17) chipped through the lower order in a marathon 16 over spell.
Club Coach and former Australian player Michael Bevan made his return to the field and managed to get through the full day in the field.
In reply the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 0/12 off 9 overs.
Randwick batted first and made 140 off 60 overs.
The Dolphins have reached 1/26 in reply.
Eastern Suburbs won on forfeit.
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