Moran century moves him further up the ladder in all-time scorers list12-Nov-2015
By Adam Bagnall
Another brilliant batting display by Ian Moran ensured Easts Dolphins posted a competitive 7-273 in their clash with North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.
Moran posted 103 off 171 balls to anchor the Dolphins’ innings on day one after they were in trouble at 2/34 early in the match.
The knock also took the Easts all-rounder up to 8th in the all-time runs scorers list with 11,323 in First Grade.
Along with Moran, Peter Lazarus (52) batted well to maintain the pressure on North Sydney as the pair put on 79 runs for the third wicket.
Some valuable contirbutions Simon Chu (31) and Adam Ezekiel (46) kept the scoreboard ticking over at the end of the day.
Dolphins captain Greg Clarence was pleased with his side’s performance after day one, but lamented a shortened day due to bad light and rain.
"We're in a competitive position. Unfortunately we lost 12 overs due to rain and bad light so it would have been nice to get a few more on the board and take advantage of momentum at the end of the day," Clarence said.
"Moran's form has been exceptional so far this season and to be honest he's making it look pretty easy which sends confidence all the way down the order."
"They sent us in so it was always going to be harder in the first session due to the rain we had last week but we met our targets and stayed positive before lunch which set us up for the second session."
Clarence will assess conditions before deciding whether to declare or continue to bat on day two.
North Sydney won the toss and sent the Dolphins in and led by a fine 62 by Thomas Gallop, the Dolphins posted 7/213.
Gallop and Kevin Pillay put on a valuable 82-run partnership for the third wicket to steer the Dolphins past the 150 mark.
Late in the innings Udit Mehta made a handy 25 not out to steer the side past 200.
North Sydney won the toss and batted, but struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking on a slow Tunks outfield.
The hosts were 1-74 at tea, but the introduction of spin saw quick wickets fall after the break.
Despite a wet ball, Mike Peacock (4-20) and Sam Pointer (2-24) helped reduce the bears to 7/137 at stumps.
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