Huslton, MacDonald star in 4s QF win


Fourth Grade are through to semi-finals as the top seeded team after defeating Fairfield-Liverpool in a tense qualifying final at Waverley Oval.

After winning the toss, Easts were dismissed for 140, but four wickets from Chris Hulson (4-43) helped skittle the Lions for 123.

In their second innings, a 179-run opening partnership from Alex Brooks (91) and Sam Pointer (90) ensured there would be no way back for the visitors.

But it didn’t always look so rosy for the Dolphins. After Tim Brown won the toss and batted first, Easts were 5-39 and in strife.

A 68-run partnership from Angas MacDonald (44) and Hulston (29) helped rapair the damage. But their dismissals in quick succession after lunch cruelled the recovery effort and the total of 140 was a disappointing one.

In the field, Hulston struck with the first delivery of the innings, but the Lions made a solid start and reached 1-43 and the Dolphins looked gone.

A miserly spell from David Dunne (2-17) helped shut off the runs and Fairfield panicked – losing 5-14 in 10 overs.

Two more wickets from MacDonald (3-5) before stumps helped reduce the visitors to 8-108.

On resumption, a crisp cover drive for four looked a bad omen to start the second day, but Naveed Chowdhury (1-21) hit straight back to make it 9-113.

A worrying partnership slowly built for the last wicket, but golden arm MacDonald came into the attack and ended the innings. Fairfield all out for 123.

There would be no jitters with the bat for Easts second time around, with Pointer and Brooks both batting with freedom to post a massive opening partnership to put the game out of reach.

Unfortunately both men were dismissed in the 90s and the match was eventually called off with Easts 2-192.

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