Dolphins go down against St George but claim wins in four grades21-Dec-2015
Despite an 85-run partnership between Simon Chu (84) and Peter Lazarus (43), Easts Dolphins went down by four wickets to St George at Hurstville Oval.
A shaky start saw the Dolphins in trouble at 4/46, but Chu and Lazarus set about rebuilding the innings before Lazarus fell with the score on 131.
Chu continued to anchor the innings and saw the side past 200, his 84 came off 111 deliveries and contained two 6s.
Some late hitting from the tail pushed Easts up to a total of 227 - a score that was well below par.
And the task was made tougher when St George put on 53 for the first wicket, though Easts continued to plug away.
Angus Robson chipped in with 2 quick wickets to have St George at 4/132, still 96 runs away from victory. And the fifth wicket to fall at 151 had Easts back in the game.
But the Saints managed to steady and passed the total with 11 overs to spare.
Shane Devoy was the best with the ball, taking 2/46 off 10 overs - the loss leaves Easts in fifth position at the Christmas break.
Jacob Taucher (3/38) led the way as the Dolphins won by three wickets at Waverley Oval.
After winning the toss and batting, St George crumbled to 6/62 with Jack Playfair also chiming in with 2/29.
In reply the Dolphins put on 39 for the first wicket, and at 2/104, looked to be well on their way to victory.
Three quick wickets made for a nervous finish, but the Dolphins batsmen held their nerve to reach the target in the 46th over.
Ben Bryant top scored with 46.
St George batted first and made 189, Angus Palmer taking 6/24 off 9.1 overs - including a spell of 5-2.
The Saints had earlier been 4-140.
A fantastic opening stand of 102 by Sam Pointer (56) and James Deacon (64) set up the run chase.
Tunnadine (32) and Kham (26) continued where the openers left off, guiding the Dolphins to victory with 33 balls to spare.
St George made 167 batting first but the Dolphins, led by Sam Smyth (72*), cruised to an emphatic 8-wicket victory.
Smyth and Michael Quinn (62) put on 123 for the second wicket in the comfortable win.
The Dolphins won by 5 wickets, chasing down St George's total of 77 in 18.5 overs.
Matt Tupper took 4-17 with the ball to help guide Fifth Grade to second on the ladder at Christmas.
Eastern Suburbs recorded a 4-wicket win over Epping-Parramatta, chasing down the target of 176 in 33 overs.
James Dunn made 61, while Chris Hulston registered an unbeaten 49.
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