Easts wobble against the Warriors18-Jan-2017 First Grade:
This week the Dolphins posted 228 against Blacktown in a two day fixture over Saturday and Sunday at Joe McAleer Oval. However, unfortunately it was not quite enough to secure a win in round ten of NSW Premier Cricket, with Blacktown passing the total five wickets down. Easts didn’t start the game well after being sent in and were reeling at 3-17. It was the middle order who steadied the ship. Ian Moran got 33, who was supported by Jonte Pattison who scored 28. Top scorer of the day however went to Greg Clarence who piled on 63 runs with 11 boundaries. Contributions down the order came from Mark Morley and Will Sommerville both scoring 27.
Easts put in a strong bowling effort as the conditions became better for batting. Ian Moran captured two wickets off 13 overs, as did Jack Remond who took two wickets off six overs in his First Grade debut. Unfortunately even with their healthy score of 228, Easts could not take home a win and despite this being their first loss since round two, they have dropped out of the top six.
Second Grade has won two on the bounce since Xmas winning yet another game, this week beating Blacktown at Waverley Oval. Easts fielded first with Matthew Sarkies and Adam Ezekiel both taking two wickets off their ten overs, leaving Blacktown eight for 206 at the end of their innings. When Easts replied, in the afternoon session, Sam Smyth batted through the innings to compile a well made 88 not out. Another impressive standout was Adam Ezekiel scoring 91 as the chase was predominantly revolved around these two individuals. This led the Dolphins to a solid win, and a top 6 spot is within site should they continue to string together more wins over the coming rounds.
In Third Grade, James Deacon led the way with his maiden grade century plundering the Blacktown attack at Jim Hanshaw Oval on his way to 127. On a big ground with a slow outfield a majority of his runs were scored running between the wickets in 35+ degree heat. He was well supported by Andy Coles 38 and Alex Tunnadine 29 as Easts posted 9/248.
In reply after 17 overs Blacktown were well placed at 2-75, but when spinners Andy Yaxley 3-23 and Sam McNiel 4-14 came on, the Blacktown innings fell apart. Yaxley took the last wicket for 147 and in doing so Easts snuck in by 1 run in acquiring a well earnt bonus point. If Easts are to continue this type of form over the coming rounds a finals berth is not out of the question.
Unfortunately, this week Fourth Grade could not manage to take home a win at Trumper Park in this testing game against Blacktown. There were some standout players however, including David Dunne who captured an incredible four wickets off ten overs. Matt Coles also made a notable contribution taking two wickets. Blacktown’s formidable score of 282 proved too much for the Dolphins, even though the Dolphin’s batsmen put in a robust effort. Terry Mystakas hit 46, followed by Michael Quinn who scored 30. The tail wagged with Archie Dunning and David Dunne making 37 and 28, respectively, pushing Easts to 193 when they were bowled out. The Dolphins drop out of the top 6 for now, but with a congested table, a win in the coming round should hopefully propel them back up the ladder.
It was a heart breaking loss at Whalan Oval, for Fifth Grade as the Dolphins pulled up only ten runs short of Blacktown’s final score of 128. Commendable efforts from our bowlers did not go amiss. Opening bowler Luke Course took two wickets off his nine overs, while Nikshep Mekala and George Black, both captured two wickets as well. In reply in the afternoon, the chase ebbed and flowed, led by Steven Towers who made 31. Mekala also impressed scoring 31. At 6-54 the game looked lost, but the partnership between Mekala and Ensor got them back into the match and at 6-114 the game was for the taking, but a dramatic collapse which saw the Dolphins lose 4-4 put the nail in the coffin as the Dolphins fell just short for the third time this season in another disappointing loss.
Although they were on home ground at Waverly Oval, the Dolphin’s could not surpass Penrith’s high score of eight for 270. Nathan Moxey and Ben Revai were the standout bowlers, both taking three wickets off a quick seven and nine overs, respectively. Whilst there were some solid contributions from a number of batsmen, the player of the day clearly went to Darcy Matthews who scored an incredible 137. Mitchell Sciberras and Shreyan Deshpande also got notable numbers getting 30 and 17. Easts were all out for a respectable 240, however unfortunately it was not quite enough to gain a victory over Blacktown. The Dolphins remain high on the ladder though, preserving their position at number three on the leader board.
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