Dolphins go down in Grand Finals06-Apr-2016
Sam Pointer made a fighting 71 and Sam Powell took 3 wickets but it wasn’t quite enough as the Dolphins lost to Sydney University in the 2015-16 Grand Final.
University won the toss and chose to bat first but great bowling by the Dolphins put them right on top at 3/21 with Powell picking up two early scalps.
A 151-run partnership for the 4th wicket swung the tide of the game back to University but two quick wickets had the game finely balanced with University sitting at 5/182.
Another strong partnership, this time 52 runs, kept the Dolphins at bay but they fought hard right to the end of the innings, picking up wickets at regular intervals to bowl University out for 287.
Powell finished with 3/56, Brooks took 2/30 off 20 overs including 9 maidens and Sarkies figures of 2/44 were impressive.
The Dolphins needed a positive start in their run-chase, but found themselves 4 down with just 22 runs on the board and in desperate need of a big partnership to rescue their innings.
A 55-run stand between Maxwell and Pointer is just what the Dolphins needed to get going again but following the dismissal of Pointer for a fine 71 they weren’t able to follow up with another strong partnership with regular wickets halting their progress.
Sarkies made 36 batting at number 9 to back up his earlier work with the ball, but in the end the Dolphins were bowled out for 160.
Despite three wickets each to Steven Lewis and George Black the Dolphinn went down to Campbelltown-Camden in a thrilling Grand Final.
The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, putting on 23 for the first wicket until Bank fell for 8.
Another 25-run partnership settled things down until a succession of wickets put the Dolphins in big trouble going from 2/48 to 8/66 as the innings began to deteriorate.
A 26-run stand for the 9th wicket gave the Dolphins something to defend,bowled out for 95, Hamish Dunlop top scoring with 22.
However Easts responded with Lewis (3/26) and Black (3/31) leading the way.
The match was on a knife edge with the Ghosts 5-45 but then the Dolphins looked gone when they had reached 6-84 at stumps. But on day two Easts grabbed quick wickets they needed and Campbelltown were reduced to 9-94 and still needing two runs for first innings.
They got past, but only just as they were dismissed for 99, keeping the Dolphins right back in the game.
Unfortunately things didn’t fare much better in the Dolphins’ second innings with just one batsman passing 20 in a total of 101.
This left Campbelltown-Camden with the tricky task of needing 98 runs for victory on a pitch that had proved difficult to bat on for both sides.
An early breakthrough to Tapia gave the Dolphins an outside chance of victory but a 62-run stand for the second wicket put them on the back foot and Campbelltown-Camden reached the target with seven wickets to spare.
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