First Grade remain unbeaten after trouncing UNSW

08-Oct-2017 Easts Dolphins captain Greg Clarence says the injection of youth has brought about significant improvement for season 2017-18 after his side completed a first innings demolition job of UNSW.

Resuming on 0-105 in reply to UNSW's first innings score of 169, the Dolphins surpassed the mark for the loss only Peter Lazarus for 60.

Adam Ezekiel (95) fell just five runs short of a deserved century as Easts batted on to make 2-236 before declaring for another crack at the bumblebees. The match was then called off at tea with UNSW 0-69 in their second innings.

In the first two rounds of the competition, Easts have lost only four wickets and scored 513 runs with Ian Moran yet to be dismissed this season after compiling an unbeaten 49 to back up his round one century.

But it was the performance with the ball on day one that had Clarence most excited about his team's prospects for the season.

"In the past we haven’t been bowling teams out so to bowl UNSW out for 169 on a flat deck was really good and not something we've done for a while," Clarence said. 

"We’ve got a really good mix of senior guys and young guys and the young players have started really well."

"Left arm quick, George Furrer (19) has been really good against his old club round one and continued it this game with 2-13 has never missed his length."

"Our batting has never been a problem, but we need to bowl teams out when the wickets are flat and we've got more variety and some exciting new talent in our attack this year."

Easts are one of six teams unbeaten to start the season and next take on Hawkesbury, who are still yet to claim their first win.

Second Grade came off second best in batter friendly conditions at David Phillips South. Winning the toss Easts elected to bat on day one with Sam Smyth contributing 54 up front, but a middle order collapse left the Dolphins reeling at 6/113 before Will Lawrence came to the wicket. Lawrence blasted 12 boundaries and two sixes on his way to 118 in his debut Second Grade match for Easts. He was ably supported by Tas Yazdani who contributed 46. Easts were eventually bowled out for a respectable 328 right on stumps.
Day two started well with two early wickets, but from here the Bees compiled a 220 run third wicket partnership as the Dolphins searched fruitlessly for a break through. UNSW passed the total with seven wickets in hand and five overs to spare. That leaves Easts with two losses and will place a large emphasis on attaining six points when the play at home to the Hawks next round.
Third Grade got their season going with a 72 run win at Snape Park. Batting on day one the Dolphins compiled a handy 9/297 which was built around English import Bruno Broughton 97 and Udit Mehta 72. Easts declared just before stumps.
Day two was an eventful day as the Bees looked to chase down the Dolphins respectful total and at 3/190 things looked ominous for Easts. With the game slipping away and some inconsistent performances from the Dolphins bowlers captain Morley bought himself in to the attack with his part time seamers and straight away made an impact picking up two wickets in his first two overs. He combined with Harry Brooks who took the bowling honours with a match winning 5/48 while Morley finished with 4/13 off just five overs.  
Fourth Grade arrived at David Phillips North to see a very flat wicket and after winning the toss had no hesitation in batting first. Unfortunately for the Dolphins no batsmen capitalised and registered a significant score as most batsmen were caught in front of the wicket. Terry Mystakas top scored with 41 as Easts were bowled out for 213. Things didn’t improve either as the Bees went to stumps 0/37.
At 0/65 UNSW were in the box seat but Rueben Taucher 3/33 and Tim Brown 3/41 combined to bowl a significant amount of overs either side of tea to bring the game back in favour of Easts. As the match closed in on time, the required run rate started to rise and in doing so the Dolphins kept picking up wickets. Easts eventually winning well in a come from behind victory to get up by 68 runs and get their season going.
Fifth Grade put in a whole hearted performance on a used wicket at Snape on back to back Sundays. UNSW won the toss and elected to bat compiling a competitive 9/264 as the Bees lower order capitalised in the last hour of play. Captain Luke Course was gallant in his efforts returning 4/31 while Dan Donato chipped in with 2/35.
On effectively a fourth day wicket on day two, Easts made a fist of the chase. Youngster Sam Greenland compiled a well-made 68 and combined with Lawrence Daniel 52 to bring the game back into the balance. With overs running out and the required run rate starting to rise, the Dolphins needed to take risks as two run outs were affected. Easts were eventually bowled out for 227.
Sixth Grade played two one day matches over the preceding two weekends with a comprehensive seven wicket victory over Sydney Uni at Waverley over the long weekend. Sydney Uni crawled to 7/178 as the wickets were shared around. In reply Easts never looked flustered posting a 123 run opening stand dictated by Freddie Walton 67 and Oliver Ruse 53. Easts passed the total with four overs to spare to make it two from two for the season.
On Sunday a disappointing abandoned match resulted after the wicket at Alexandria Park was not prepared. This match against UNSW will be considered to be replayed before the regular season is complete.
To wrap up the weekend Easts PGs played a T20 double header against Parramatta at Waverley. Unfortunately neither match was fruitful losing the first encounter by 43 runs and the second by seven wickets. Will Simpson and Baxter Holt tried hard both contributing 44 in each match. PG’s next play in another T20 double header against Mosman at Alan Border Oval November 5.

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