Dolphins reel off 320 to scrape home against Hawkesbury15-Dec-2015
By Adam Bagnall
Easts Dolphins continued their great recent form, defeating Hawkesbury by two wickets in their clash at Owen Earle Oval to remain second on the First Grade ladder.
Set a formidable 320 for victory, the Dolphins, led by Angus Robson (78), with great support by captain Greg Clarence (51) chased down the total in 93 overs.
It looked like it would be a comfortable victory at 5-306 but the loss of three quick wickets left Daniel Magin (33*) and Daniel Rootes to finish off the remaining 10 runs.
Peter Lazarus (49), Simon Chu (42) and Ian Moran (41) all made vital contributions in a great team display.
Captain Greg Clarence said the team's ability to stick to their targets was satisfying.
"Partnerships when chasing down a total is very important so to have two strong partnerships from the top order was very pleasing," Clarence said.
"We tried to stick to the same targets we use when setting a total which essentially surrounds having wickets in hand for the last session and players converting starts."
"To be roughly 1/100 at lunch and 3/200 at tea was a clinical start to the first two sessions of the day and set us up for the win."
"Our fielding has been a particular focus for us over the last couple of weeks and with one-day matches coming up it becomes increasingly important to get right."
"Our approach is very similar across all formats so it won't be a huge shift for the team. If we stick to the things that have worked well for us over the last few rounds we'll put ourselves in a strong position to take more points into the Christmas break."
Benjamin Bryant scored 45 in both innings as the Dolphins scored an outright win over Hawkesbury.
After bowling the opposition out for 161, the Dolphins declared their innings closed at 8/213, a lead of 52. Hawkesbury batted again and declared at 5/183, giving the Dolphins a target of 131 for maximum points.
Bryant's 45 off 35 balls as well as solid contributions from Thomas Gallop (29) and Mark Morley (39) paved the way for a comfortable victory.
A great spell of bowling by Harry Brooks (3/15 off 11 overs) was the catalyst for a comfortable 133-run victory.
Defending 264, Easts were never threatened by the Hawks who were bowled out for 131 with Thomas Skelly (3/61) and Angus Palmer (2/21) also among the wickets.
The win, the second one row, moves the Dolphins up to fourth on the Mitchell Cup ladder.
After making 209 on day one, the Dolphins routed Hawkesbury for just 75 with Max Abbott (3-11) and Tim Brown (3-38) the main destroyers.
Sam Powell (2-9) took two wickets in his second over that reduced the Hawks to 3-3 and from there they never recovered.
Batting again, Hawkesbury were 2/108 at the close of play, giving the Dolphins a win that
keeps them in touch with the top six.
George Black took 4 wickets as the Dolphins narrowly beat Hawkesbury by just 3 runs. Set 196 for victory, Hawkesbury looked to be in big trouble at 8/142, but a 50 run stand ensured a grandstand finish.
Unfortunately, the Hawks were reduced to 10 players so the match ended when the ninth wicket fell.
Sixth Grade completed six wins from six grade with a one-run win over Georges River Stingrays.
Hamish Dunlop made an unbeaten 80 to give Easts a competitive target of 132.
The Dolphins took two early wickets and hung on for victory. Kirk Rimmer bowled the final over where three runs were required with the last wicket falling on the final ball to a catch from 12-year-old Freddie Walton.
PGs suffered a disappointing loss to Sydney by eight wickets.
Batting first, Sam Smyth made 61, but didn't receive enough support as Easts fell from 2-76 to being all out for 139.
The Tigers knocked off the target with 11 overs to spare.
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