Ian Moran hundred gives Easts the edge after day one against Penrith


First Grade

After a dominant display in one-day cricket last week, Easts Dolphins continued their form in the first two-day fixture of the season.

Ian Moran, who the week before became just the eighth player to register the 11,000 runs and 300 wickets double, scored 141* to help Easts post 7-378dec.

In reply, Penrith made a flying start and are 0/53 off 8 overs, though still 325 runs behind.

Earlier, the Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat at Howell Oval, putting on 76 for the first wicket, with Matt Condon (47) and Peter Lazarus (30) getting Easts off to a great start.

The Dolphins then lost two quick wickets to be 2/90, and the game could have gone either way.

But Moran, coming off an unbeaten 84 last week against Parramatta, steadied with Simon Chu (43) and number eight Shane Devoy (65), who hit an impressive half-century.

Skipper Greg Clarence was especially pleased to see the batting group back up another solid performance.

"It's great for the team to start putting consecutive performances together. It builds confidence within our top order and there's been plenty of contributions from a number of players."

"Penrith bowlers were very consistent with their lengths and there were a few tough spells to get through."

"Moran showed his class to get through a few hard periods and cash in later in the day. His role within the team as an all-rounder and a leader is vital and to have him in form sets a perfect example for those batting around him."

"It's a small ground square of the wicket so we'll have to be disciplined with our lengths. If we stick to our plans and hold our catches there's no reason why we can't take 6 points home with us."

The story wasn’t as bright on Sunday with Easts knocked of the Kingsgrove T20 Cup competition by Sydney at Drummoyne Oval.

Daniel Rootes took 3-22 to help restrict the Tigers to 8-144, but a slow start costs Easts who could only manage 7-120 in reply. Will Eaton top scored with an unbeaten 40.

Second Grade

The Dolphins hosted Penrith at Waverley Oval, and a superb spell by Nathan Rowe (6/90) ensured the Dolphins remained well in the contest heading into day two next Saturday.

Penrith made 264 off 80.2 overs, with JJ Coutts (2/21) and Udit Mehta (2/71) also among the wickets.

In reply, the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 1/25 off 16 overs with Tom Gallop and overseas player James Kettleborough at the crease. 

Third Grade

The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, but it didn’t pan out well from there as Easts were skittled for 74 in 32 overs.

Mark Morley top scored with 33.

In reply, Penrith made 179 with Harry Brooks the best Dolphins bowler, taking 4/33 off 11 overs, while Tom Skelly took three wickets.

Easts will resume at 1-14 in their second innings.

Fourth Grade

A hard fought battle at Trumper on day one resulted with Penrith posting 293 in good batting conditions.

But Easts were disappointed to concede that many runs after the Panthers were at one stage 8-224. Matt Tupper was among the wickets and took 3-74.

Easts were due to face two overs but were given a reprieve when the umpires decided the light was not sufficient.

Fifth Grade

The Dolphins batted first and made only 116 in 39 overs, but hit back with the ball to have Penrith reeling at 6/35 heading into day two next week.

David Dunn led the charge with 3-10, while Steele Brown top scored with 42.

Sixth Grade

A superb all-round display by Tim Brown has earned the Dolphins a comfortable five-wicket win over the Georges River Sharks. 

Brown took 5/2 off six overs to restrict the Sharks to just 94, before making an unbeaten 17 to steer his side to victory.

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