Mixed fortunes in a round of highs & lows against the Students

16-Nov-2016 First Grade

The Dolphins have now strung together three victories in a row after a three wicket win over Sydney University in the recently concluded round five Sydney Grade fixture at Sydney University No 1. Sydney University compiled 7 for 340 declared on day one leaving Easts with the dubious task to chase down their third consecutive 300 plus score on day two. On the first day, there were some impressive standouts including Daniel Magin who returned 2 for 89 off 19.5. This solid performance, was well backed up by Henry Thornton with 3 for 64 off 17 overs, while former student Ian Moran offered support bowling economically with figures of 1 for 24 off 14, which included 8 maidens.

On day two, Easts got off to a somewhat shaky start losing Peter Lazarus and Nick Maddinson early, but the ship was steadied by England international Sam Robson, who along with Ian Moran, scored 70 and 71 respectively in a 122 third wicket partnership. Nerves of uncertainty peaked during the middle of the day when Easts were looking flustered at 6 for 196 after a mini collapse.

With four wickets remaining, Captain Greg Clarence combined with another former Student Will Somerville to put on a timely 104 to all but ensure a well-deserved Eastern Suburbs victory. Clarence scored 76 not out and Somerville 52, in what were two crucial innings for the Dolphins. With ten overs to go Somerville fell, with Easts still requiring 40 runs off the last ten overs with only three wickets in hand. But Clarence, who was aided by Daniel Magin, who hit some valuable boundaries, made sure the Students were sent home packing. A momentous victory for Easts in round five has them well placed in the top half of the ladder going into next week’s game with Mosman.

Second Grade

Easts had a tough day in the field with Sydney University scoring 8 for 366. Wickets were shared between Jacob Taucher and Matthew Sarkies in his first game of second grade for the season. Sarkies did not feel out of place in his first game, getting impressive figures of 2 for 75 off 17 overs. This was ably backed up by Udit Mehta who was able to contribute to his good season with the ball returning figures of 3 for 55. The work horse Taucher was able to bowl 25 overs with 8 maidens and was able to get figures of 2 for 88. On day two Easts unfortunately hit a bit of trouble, and were not able to chase down the big total set by the Students. Oliver Maxwell continued his great run this season scoring 42 not out. Jono Smith was able to score some late runs as well, getting 40 off 41 balls. 

Third Grade

In a replay of last season’s Grand Final, Easts suffered a significant loss after a poor batting display on day one with the Dolphins being bowled out for a paltry 56 twenty minutes before tea. The Students set about cautiously chasing the total down and with half an hour to go looked for quick runs with a declaration in mind. The Dolphins toiled in batter friendly conditions restricting the Students to 6-192 with Steve Lewis 3-34 and JJ Coutts 2-52 amongst the wickets.
Sydney Uni declared over night with a 136 run lead and again their quality bowling attack put Easts under pressure eventually bowling the Dolphins out for 97 to claim outright points an hour after tea.
Fourth Grade

Fourth grade were able to get a convincing win against the Students after bowling Sydney Uni out for 231 an hour before stumps on day one. Will Lawrence and Archie Dunning each bowled exceptionally well, taking 3 for 33 and 4 for 38 respectively. Patrick Turk was also able to tie up an end, bowling 20 overs getting 2 for 67. On the second day, Easts continued to impress, Lawrence was the star of the game, scoring 124, which is his maiden century in Grade and for the Dolphins. He was backed up by the ever reliable Jono Bank, scoring 41 and Terry Mystakas scoring 38 not out. 

Fifth Grade 

Fifth grade were able to get their season back on track against the higher ranked Sydney University. After 143 Grade games, Captain George Black notched up his maiden grade century. Andrew Yaxley also contributed his highest Grade score, compiling 47. Milestones continued to be shown on the second day, where Luke Course took his first five wicket haul for the Dolphins gaining figures of 5 for 29 off 17. Vedant Agrawal was also able to take a few key poles, gaining figures of 3 for 46. The team was able to put on 283 runs. Sydney Uni fell short by 108 runs after Easts scored 283 on day one.

Poidevin-Gray Shield

The Easts Poidevin-Gray Shield side were able to get their first victory of the season beating Campbelltown-Camden by four wickets at Waverley Oval. In a star-studded bowling line up, Ryan O’Beirne was the standout, taking 6 for 43. New recruit Jason Ralston showed good pace taking 3-21 including three wickets in quick succession to break the middle order of the Ghosts. Easts were able to restrict Campbelltown to 159. After a shaky start, Easts soon recovered with captain Henry Thornton blasting 97 off 112 balls. In trouble at 5-60, Thornton along with Jono Bank showed maturity in their batting as they compiled a 98 run sixth wicket partnership to all but see the Dolphins home as Thornton was caught trying to bring up his ton and the winning runs with a boundary. 

Easts are away this Sunday in their last pre-xmas match to the winless Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval.

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