First Grade win final match, as 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade qualify16-Mar-2016
Easts Dolphins ended the 2015/16 Sydney Grade Cricket season on a high with a convincing 60-run triumph over Mosman at Waverley Oval.
A great bowling effort by the Dolphins ensured victory with Ian Moran (3/20 off 10 overs) and Shane Devoy (3/15 off 6 overs) doing the damage.
Unfortunately the result wasn't enough for Easts as they finished two points outside the top six finals positions.
Earlier in the day the Dolphins recovered from 2/6 to post a defendable total thanks to a 49-run stand between Peter Lazarus and Moran.
Valuable tail order runs by Devoy and Daniel Magin helped after the Dolphins had been in deep trouble at 5/89.
The Dolphins total was small and early wickets were the order of the day and Magin delivered with Mosman on 19.
Just 6 runs later Magin struck again to put the Dolphins in a commanding position, with Mosman still 130 runs behind.
A fantastic spell of bowling by Moran saw Mosman lose 3/2 in a devastating period for the visitors which effectively put them to bed.
Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence offered his thoughts on the match, which ended their campaign, but there were still plenty of positives.
“It was a positive way to finish the season off with a convincing win. The conditions were certainly bowler friendly but it was pleasing to take regular wickets and hold our chances in the field.”
“Overall, it is disappointing not to be playing finals cricket given the talent in our team. Unfortunately we only showed glimpses of what we are capable of and were not able to be consistent enough to deserve a spot in the top six.”
“There was still some significant personal achievements throughout the season which will be important to recognise at the presentation evening and having a team with plenty of youth is a positive sign moving forward into next year.”
Sam Smyth made a fighting 35 at the top of the order, but the Dolphins went down by 94 runs at Allan Border Oval.
Mosman lost the toss and were asked to bat first, putting on a 50-run opening stand, but shortly after lost two quick wickets to sit at 3/75.
Tas Yazdani was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/33, and was well supported by Udit Mehta (2/18).
The Dolphins lost an early wicket but recovered to reach 2/30, but needed a strong partnership to gain control of the match.
It looked as if Smyth and Mark Morley would be the ones to drive the Dolphins to victory but disaster struck when the their partnership ended with the score on 70.
A mini collapse ensued, leaving the Dolphins reeling at 6/72 before they were eventually bowled out for 100.
A 52-run stand between Jack Remond and Will Simpson paved the way for a nail-biting 1-wicket victory after the Dolphins successfully chased down 171.
Earlier, Mike Peacock (3/38) led the way for the Dolphins who had to wait for their first wicket, but made three quick breakthroughs to have Mosman in trouble at 4/67.
Coincidentally, the Dolphins also found themselves in trouble ay 4/67 but recovered, and thanks to Remond and Simpson they recovered to reach 129, but then lost wickets in quick succession to sit at 8/132 and lost their ninth wicket at 161 but held their nerve to record a great victory.
Third Grade will now host Manly in the first round of the finals at Waverley Oval
The Dolphins made hard work of their match with Mosman; after bowling them out for just 84, the Dolphins reached the target with just one wicket to spare.
Earlier, Reuben Taucher (3/17) and Michael Quinn (3/9) had ripped through the Mosman line-up, but the Dolphins collapsed to 4/19 in the chase.
Taucher backed up his work with the ball to make a timely 21 and Christopher Hulston made a valuable 19.
The result enough to secure Easts trip to Penrith to face the second placed Penrith in the first week of the finals.
The Dolphins batted first but made just 46, and Mosman cruised to a 10-wicket victory in 7.4 overs.
It snapped a four-game winning streak for Fifth Grade who still finished the season in 2nd position and will host Parramatta at Trumper Park in week one of the finals.
Eastern Suburbs batted first against Burwood-Briars Maroon and made 96, but they lost by six wickets in their first finals match.
It unfortunately ended their season which had been affected by a significant player drain.
Congratulations to skipper Jackson Coutts on a tremendous effort to get his team to the finals in his first season.
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