Late collapse leaves First Grade's finals hopes all but dashed01-Mar-2016
By Adam Bagnall
A stunning batting collapse has Easts Dolphins in deep trouble in their two day clash with Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval.
Chasing Bankstown’s first innings total of 252, in which Sandy Rogers and Thomas Skelly both took 3 wickets, the Dolphins could only manage 69 in reply, leaving them 191 in arrears heading into day two next Saturday.
With the ball, the Dolphins were able to restrict the Bankstown batsmen by taking wickets at regular intervals, and at 2/54, the Dolphins had made a bright start.
A couple of frustrating partnerships pushed Bankstown past 200, but the Dolphins fought hard and managed to take the final six wickets for just 38 runs.
The first Dolphins batsmen to go was Peter Lazarus, making just 5 and sith the score on 13, he was soon joined by his opening partner Angus Robson who went for 14 and the score 2/22.
The Dolphins found themselves five down, and they hadn’t yet reached 30, as the batting collapse continued.
Another two wickets fell and the Dolphins found themselves in the unenviable position of 7/37 and only the tail order batsmen left to eek out valuable runs.
Shane Devoy added 14 and Jonathan Smith made 12 as the Dolphins were bowled out for 69, easily their lowest total of the year and leaving plenty to do next week.
Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence was honest in his assessment of the match.
“Two thirds of the day went exceptionally well. To bowl such a proven batting line up out for 252 on a flat pitch was a great result for our bowlers and gave us plenty of confidence on the back of a close finish last match. Obviously we were looking to continue the positive start to the day when we went out to bat but it wasn't to be.”
“Quite simply, we weren't able to stop their momentum after losing a couple of early wickets and things just got worse from there.”
“It was extremely disappointing for us to display such a poor performance with the bat and it's likely to have halted our chances of playing finals cricket. However, we're certainly not the first team to be bowled out in under 30 overs so the plan isn't to kick the dirt all week but to get back to practice and play tougher cricket next week.”
The Dolphins lost the toss and were asked to bat first, and led by the in-form James Kettleborough (150) and Mark Morley (126) they made a healthy 5dec/352 off 85 overs, giving them a great chance of victory.
Bankstown faced just 6 overs at the end of the day, but it was enough time for the Dolphins to strike twice to have the opposition right on the back foot at 2/17, still 335 runs behind.
The first-placed Dolphins, batted first and made just 140 in 50 over despite at one stage being well placed at 2-88.
Matthew Yiend top scored with 46, while Sam Reading was next best with 24.
In reply Bankstown recovered from 3/38 to reach 3/77.
Bankstown won the toss and elected to bat but couldn’t handle Jack Remond who took 6/23 to restrict them to just 51.
Matthew Tupper also bowled well, finishing with 3/27.
The Dolphins made 120 in reply, Remond also top scoring with 34.
In their second innings Bankstown are 4/16, needing a further 53 runs to avoid defeat an outright defeat which would all but seal a finals spot for Easts.
Jonathan Bank scored a fine century to anchor the Dolphins’ first innings which finished at 7/278.
Bank and James Dunn (45) put on 94 for the first wicket and handy contributions from George Black (36) and Steve Towers (34) helped the cause.
The Dolphins batted first, but could only manage 69. Incredibly they were able to defend the small total, bowling out Burwood Briars Rivals for 65.
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