Local derby ends in dour stalemate as Easts finals hopes take a blow16-Feb-2016
The local derby between Easts Dolphins and Randwick-Petersham ended in a run-fest stalemate which did little to help either team’s push for a finals berth.
Three wickets each to Jonathan Smith and Shane Devoy wasn’t quite enough as the teams settled for a draw in their two-day clash at Petersham Oval.
The Dolphins had set their opposition a sizable target of 378 for victory thanks mainly to Peter Lazarus and Ian Moran who both made 92.
In reply, Randwick-Petersham made a strong start, putting on 139 for the first wicket before Devoy got the breakthrough.
The Dolphins were made to fight hard for their wickets and another strong partnership prevented any inroads until Smith picked up his first, with the score at 185.
Smith and Devoy combined beautifully to rip through the remaining top order batsmen to reduce the opposition to 5/219.
Devoy’s third wicket, with the score at 248, gave the Dolphins an outside chance of first innings points, but it wasn’t to be, as Randwick-Petersham saw out the day without losing any further wickets.
The flat pitch ultimately thwarted Easts’ bowlers who toiled accurately throughout the day as Randwick ended at 6-329.
The Dolphins are currently in 12th position, but just one point from a finals spot with only three games left in the season.
A brilliant century to James Ketteborough has paved the way for a Dolphins victory on first innings, earning them a valuable six points in the countdown the finals.
Randwick-Petersham had made 163 on day one and after a nervous start, the Dolphins steadied the ship and added 55 for the third wicket.
After Morley fell for 32, it was up to Mehta (43*) and Kettleborough, and the pair put on a fantastic 141-run partnership before Kettleborough fell for 110, with the Dolphins already 56 runs ahead, and they declared their innings closed at 4/219.
Randwick-Petersham faced the remaining 54 overs and reached 4/141, Jacob Taucher finished with 2/16.
A great display of bowling by Harry Brooks (6/26) earned the Dolphins four competition points, but they ultimately lost outright.
The Dolphins set their opposition 219 to chase down and Brooks led the way as Randwick-Petersham could only manage 122 in reply.
In their second innings the Dolphins declared at 7/84 leaving Randwick 28 overs to bat, but Randy-Petes did more than just survive and reached the target of 185 in 24.2 overs with five wickets in hand.
The Dolphins won on first innings, chasing down the target of 124 in 63.5 overs.
The return of former Australian player Michael Bevan generated a huge amount of interest. His 21 helped get the innings on track – but it was Michael Quinn who was the finisher this time with unbeaten 27.
Steve Towers (24) also made a vital contribution as Easts got home with two wickets to spare.
Randwick made 140 on day one, but it wasn’t enough as the Dolphins reached 6/204, claiming victory on first innings.
Easts scored a nail-biting 10 run victory against Mt Pritchard.
James Dunn (38) and Ritvik Dinesh (34) top scored in Easts’ score of 173.
Zaeem Tapia was the chief destroyer with the ball as he took 4-38 to help dismiss the opposition for 163 with 15 balls to spare.
The win puts the Tim Creer side up to third on the ladder with three rounds remaining.
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