Lower order partnership frustrates Dolphins on day one against Hawkesbury


One big lower-order partnership thwarted Easts Dolphins against Hawkesbury on day one of their clash at Owen Earle Oval.

Excellent bowling by the Dolphins had Hawkesbury in trouble at 5/97 and 7/165 but a 150-run stand for the eighth wicket pushed them to a total of 319.

The Dolphins started well as Shane Devoy (3/87) and Sandy Rogers (3/45) ripped through the top order. 

Easts patiently chipped away during the big partnership but once the ball got old, extracting mistakes proved a difficult task.

"It would have been nice to finish them off earlier in the day but it was difficult to create chances on such a flat pitch," captain Greg Clarence said.

"I was very impressed with our ability to take early wickets in the first session which ultimately kept Hawkesbury to a very attainable total."

"I'm confident we can take 6 points out of next week. We bat all the way down so it's just a matter of someone in the top order standing up and applying themselves for long periods."

"Our aim will be to execute as if we're setting a total and if we hit our targets we'll put ourselves in a strong position to retain our spot in the top part of the table."

Second Grade

A terrific performance by Dolphins opening bowlers Nathan Rowe (4/70) and Jonathan Smith (4/20) reduced Hawkesbury to 161 all out at Waverley Oval.

Smith grabbed the first three to reduce the visitors to 3/23 early on and continued to pile on the pain, with a consistent flow of wickets keeping the Dolphins on top all day.

Udit Mehta continued his impressive season taking 2/33 off 15.2 overs and Jack Playfair was economical.

In reply, the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 3/112.

James Kettleborough made 45 and the not out batsmen are Benjamin Bryant (23) and Mark Morley (15).

Third Grade

The Dolphins won the toss and batted, making 8/264 thanks to some valuable runs by Prinya Kham and Oliver Maxwell who each made 69. 

Mike Peacock (44) and Harry Brooks (25) also made solid contributions.

The Dolphins only bowled 3 overs late in the day but managed an early breakthrough with just 4 runs on the board.

Fourth Grade

The Dolphins were sent in at Trumper Oval, making 209 with Matthew Coles making 40.

At one stage Easts were 7-130 but Michael Quinn's 39 helped dig them out.

Hawkesbury lost a wicket in the one over they faced.

Fifth Grade

The Dolphins batted first and made 195, thanks to a half century to Jonathan Bank, while Ken Kurien made 34.

In reply Hawkesbury are 2/41.

Sixth Grade 

It was an exciting day for sixth grade with five Easts juniors making their senior cricket debut against Epping.

That included 12-year-old Freddie Walton who made 18 not out in Easts' score of 7-118 from 40 overs.

After being in a good position, Easts went down by one wicket in a thriller.

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