Maiden century from Peter Lazarus saves Easts Dolphins on day one


By Adam Bagnall

A maiden unbeaten century from Peter Lazarus has Easts Dolphins in a strong position after day one of their match against Gordon at Waverley Oval.

Lazarus made 111* and was well supported by Daniel Magin (75) and skipper Greg Clarence (53) to help the Dolphins reach 346 at stumps.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the home side who lost early wickets to be in deep trouble at 4/25, and then 6-117.

But a series of strong partnerships, including a 146-run stand between Lazarus and Magin steered the Dolphins to an excellent total. 

After such a strong day, skipper Greg Clarence was happy with his side’s performance.

"Exceptionally impressed with our resolve in the middle and lower order," Clarence said.

"It wasn't an ideal start but we've always been quietly confident with our batting depth.” 

"Having Lazarus and Magin come together and produce a 140+ run partnership with their back against the wall was very handy."

"Particularly pleased for Lazarus scoring his maiden First Grade century at a time when the team really needed him. He showed his class Saturday and hopefully it can kick start a big season for him personally."

"Same theory for us again this weekend, build as much pressure as we can. It will be important for us to be prepared to be a bit boring with our lengths if they develop a big partnership during the day. We've got a few on the board to play with but not searching too hard for wickets will be the key to getting 6 points."

Second Grade

An incredible 182 from Adam Ezekiel dominated Easts' score of 288 in their match against Gordon at Chatswood. 

Ezekiel's knock came off 258 balls and included 30 fours and 1 six. His partnership with Udit Mehta worth 145 for the fifth wicket.

Unfortunately outside of this, there was not much else to come from Easts' batting with six ducks also registered on the scorecard. 

In reply, Gordon are 1/30 off 12 overs.

Third Grade

The Dolphins bowled Gordon out for 218, thanks largely to a 5-wicket haul to Mike Peacock (5/54). Tom Skelly also bowled with good pace and picked up 3-72.

Easts did have Gordon 7-127 at one stage, before a lower order partnership ensured that honours finished even.

In reply, the Dolphins are 1/10.

Fourth Grade

After winning the toss and bowling, Easts bundled Gordon out for just 51 with the wickets shared between Matt Sarkies (3-11), Max Abbott (3-13) and David Dunne (3-27). 

In reply, the Dolphins passed Gordon's score without loss and set about establishing a lead, declaring at 3/176. 

Sam Pointer finished unbeaten on 74, while Sam Smyth made 35.

In their second innings, Gordon are 0/18.

Fifth Grade

The Dolphins won the toss and batted, making 9/212.

The day dominated by the Coles brothers with Matthew Coles making 50, while Andy made 44.

After play, Andy did remark that he didn't enjoy batting with his brother.

Sixth Grade

The Tim Creer Cup side suffered their first loss of the season, bowled out for just 65 against Mt Pritchard Southern Districts.

The Dolphins bowled and fielded well but couldn't restrict the opposition who passed the target with five wickets in hand.

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