Magin's all-round performance boosts Easts to second after win over Gordon30-Nov-2015
By Adam Bagnall
An outstanding bowling performance has secured the Dolphins a comfortable victory over Gordon, pushing them up to second on the Sydney Grade Cricket ladder.
After making 346 the previous Saturday, the Dolphins set about defending their total, and skipper Greg Clarence’s emphasis on a tight line and length kept the opposition on the back foot, and they were bowled out for 173.
Daniel Magin (3-37), who struck 75 with the bat on day one, was the pick of the bowlers, but Tas Yazdani (3/25) and Daniel Rootes (2/49) also impressed.
The Dolphins, still 173 runs ahead, sent Gordon in again, and they were 2/77 at the close of play, giving the Dolphins a well-deserved victory and six points.
Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence says the balance in the team has been the key to their success so far.
“We don't want to be relying on one or two guys to get the job done each week so it was most pleasing to have several contributors towards the win.”
“There was a couple of crucial partnerships we needed to break and Magin taking two wickets the over before lunch really set up the second session.”
“The vibe amongst the team is really positive but our best cricket is still in front of us I think.
"We've only put together a couple of complete performances so far this season so being consistent across all disciplines more often will be the key to challenging top teams at the business end of the season.”
Despite a great bowling performance by Jonathan Smith (4/58), the Dolphins went down the Gordon by one wicket.
After posting a competitive total of 288 last week, the Dolphins pegged the Stags back after they got off to a fast start and a steady flow of wickets kept them in the game right up to the close of play.
At 5/163, and later, 6/204, the Dolphins were right in the contest, but they just couldn't take the last wicket.
Aside from Smith, Nathan Rowe (3/64) and Udit Mehta (2/74) bowled well.
A terrific unbeaten century to Benjamin Bryant (124*) spearheaded the Dolphins to a 5-wicket victory.
Set 219 for victory, Bryant and Sam Pointer (49) led the way as the Dolphins reached the target in 53 overs.
Bryant's knock included 20 4s and 2 sixes.
The Dolphins earned 10 points following a big win in which they rolled their opposition for just 51. They then set about compiling a lead, declaring at 3/176, before bowling Gordon out for 122.
Tim Brown took four wickets in the second innings but all the bowlers contributed through the match.
The Dolphins successfully defended their innings of 212, bowling Gordon out for 186, thanks to the efforts of Steve Lewis (4/56) and George Black (3/21).
Eastern Suburbs got back to their winnings ways in a T20 against Warringah at Waverley.
The visitors were restricted to 7-90 and chased down the target for the loss of just three wickets. Satish Kala top scored with 38*.
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