Easts locked in tight tussle with Wests thanks Simon Chu knock26-Oct-2015
Easts Dolphins are locked in an even contest at the halfway point of their two-day clash against Wests at Waverley Oval.
The Dolphins won the toss and made 246 against a Western Suburbs side looking for its’ first win of the season and they will resume at 1-18.
Angus Robson, who returned from his County season with Leicestershire, anchored the top order with a well-made 47 but had trouble keeping partners as the Dolphins fell to 3/57 at one stage.
Simon Chu managed to stick around and together the pair put on 43 for the fourth wicket.
Chu went on to make 83, and some handy runs from the lower-order, including Daniel Magin (29) and Shane Devoy (25) ensured the Dolphins set a competitive total, which pleased captain Greg Clarence.
"Always comfortable with anything 280-plus so we didn't quite get to that but given the slow outfield it was definitely worth 280 or so," Clarence said.
"We had a couple of solid partnerships but just seemed to lose wickets when we had wrestled the momentum in our favour."
The Dolphins bowled just eight overs late in the day, but it was enough to snare a wicket with Magin doing the damage.
"It’s always good to have a wicket under the belt overnight. It puts us in a great position with a night watchman in to control the game early next week," Clarence said.
"It will be an important week for our bowlers to get themselves sorted to bowl disciplined and patient spells to take 9 wickets this Saturday," Clarence said.
The Dolphins won the toss at Pratten Park and sent Western Suburbs in.
Led by Udit Mehta (5/65), the Dolphins bowled the opposition out for 252; a steady stream of wickets ensured the Dolphins did well to pull back the Magpies after a 77-run opening stand.
It will be an interesting day of cricket next week as the Dolphins look to chase down Wests’ total in search of their first points of the season.
After winning the toss and batting, the Dolphins compiled an impressive 7/307 declared, thanks to a century from Alex Tunnadine (106) and half-centuries from James Deacon (75) and Ollie Maxwell (53).
Easts then took an early wicket and have Wests 1/7 off 5 overs.
There were farcical scenes at Blick Oval with the Dolphins sent in on a wet wicket following a delayed start. After Easts were 1-12, umpires decided the pitch was too dangerous to continue and a further delay followed.
When play did resume Easts elected to send Tim Brown in at number four and the move paid off with the former skipper digging in for his maiden grade half-century in the same match he could well take his 400th wicket.
Sam Pointer also made 50 as Easts gutsed it out to make 5-138 in 65 overs.
Western Suburbs won the toss and sent the Dolphins in, where Reuben Taucher scored an unbeaten 105 – his second century for the season.
It helped the Dolphins recover from 8-160 to end day one on 8-240. Kirk Rimmer chiming in at the end of the day with an unbeaten 36.
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