Morley powers Dolphins home with ton on debut against the Premiers



The Dolphins produced one of the more remarkable run chases in their 122 year history on Saturday chasing down 411 set by last season’s Premiers Bankstown. In the first two day match of the season, Bankstown amassed 6-411 declared on day one with Daniel Magin (4-75) the only bowler to make any inroads into the Bankstown innings. Easts had ten tricky overs to negotiate before stumps, and lost the wicket of Peter Lazarus to finish the day at 1-21 in reply.
Day two started better as Adam Ezekiel (72) and Simon Chu (62) put on 120 for the second wicket. After a couple of steady partnerships Easts fell to 6/259 and the Bulldogs must have thought victory was imminent. Enter debutant Mark Morley who was playing against his former club. From here the match took a different turn as Morley combined with Will Somerville to put on 121 for the seventh wicket. Morley raced to 100 on debut off 79 balls and in doing this became the first Easts player to score a century in their First Grade debut since 1938/39.
Going into the last over of the match, Easts had two wickets in hand with three runs still required as Morley was caught behind for 117 off 96 balls, bringing a nervous number eleven Tom Skelly to the crease. With three balls left Skelly edged the left arm spinner through slips and the two batsmen scampered home for the three required to get the Dolphins home in an emphatic victory.
First Grade are now two losses and a win after three rounds against three quality opponents including both last season’s Grand Finalists.


Easts fell 35 runs short of chasing down 300 at Jensen Park in a high scoring encounter. On day one Bankstown won the toss and batted first on a flat wicket with which was accompanied by a fast outfield. At 3/238 the Bulldogs had a platform to build a very large total, but the Dolphins pulled the home team back with Nathan Rowe (4-66) and Udit Mehta (3-81) helping restrict the opposition as Easts took the last seven wickets for 62.
Conditions were much the same on day two as the Dolphins looked to chase down the 301 required for victory. Despite a couple of starts no batsmen capitalised as the Dolphins always appeared slightly behind in their chase. Opener Sam Pointer contributed 41 and despite a 70 run partnership between Ollie Maxwell (64) and Sam Reading (46) the Dolphins struggled to impose a threatening partnership to set up the win
Second Grade are one win to two losses now and will be looking for a crucial six points next round against Sutherland.

On one of the flatter wickets seen at Trumper Oval the Dolphins prevailed in a run fest where only eleven wickets fell over both days. Easts, lost the toss and Bankstown had no hesitation in batting. Early on the Dolphins bowlers created chances, but the fieldsmen failed to capitalise which resulted in the Bulldogs taking their opportunity and setting a healthy platform as they moved to 2/205. Some tight bowling restricted the opposition in the last hour as the run rate slowed with Bankstown finishing day one at 5/293.
Day two saw the same batter friendly conditions as the Bulldogs batted on to declare at 5/315 leaving Easts 72 overs to bat. The Dolphins started the chase with intent racing to 0/55 after ten overs before both openers were dismissed. From here Sam McNeil (133) and Andy Coles (55) set up the match by combining together for a 145 run partnership to move Easts to within 100 of the Bankstown total with eight wickets in hand and 23 overs still remaining when Coles was dismissed. McNeil’s innings was set up through driving and strong leg side play as he bought up his maiden grade ton for the club in just his third appearance.
The Dolphins chased the total down with four overs remaining in the day after a quick fire 38 from Prinya Kham. After the narrow loss in round one, Third Grade have won their past two matches as they look to continue their momentum.

Fourth Grade were involved in another high scoring match at Graham Thomas Reserve. Like the other Grades, again the Bulldogs won the toss and batted and moved through to 1/116 at tea as there was little assistance for the seamers. After tea the spinners did most of the work as Tim Brown (5/127) took another five wicket haul as Bankstown moved through to 8/272 at stumps.
On day two, the Bulldogs continued to bat on scoring another 70 runs before declaring leaving Easts 72 overs to chase down 340. The top order set up the reply and moved along to 1/115 with Jono Bank scoring 54. Skipper Michael Quinn also contributed 46 and Mike Jones 35, but it was Matt Coles who stole the show on day two scoring his maiden grade ton for the club as he scored 103 which included 21 fours and one six. The tail pushed for runs, but the required run rate was too great and the Dolphins ended up settling for a draw and finished the game 8/290.
Fourth Grade have a win, a loss and a draw after three rounds.

Breaking the trend for the round Easts batted first at Snape and scored 8/247 off the back of 98 from Rueben Taucher. He was supported by Naveed Chowdhury who chipped in with 41.
On day two Easts declared and dismissed the Bulldogs for 157 with off spinner Andy Yaxley taking 4/26.
Last season’s Grand Finalists are two losses and a win and will be looking to string together some victories as they look to go one better this season.

In the Metro Cup the Dolphins took out their first victory in this competition in a low scoring affair against Randwick-Petersham which was also played at Snape Park. Batting first Easts fought through to 133 with Shreyan Deshpande being the major contributor with a well compiled 47 off 108 balls. In reply Easts had the opposition 3/31 at stumps as the day finished on an even keel.
On day two the Easts opening bowlers James Hooke (2-35) and Liam Evans (2-22 off 22 overs) got the Dolphins off to a great start reducing Randwick to 8/74. As a threatening partnership loomed leg spinner Mitch Clayton was able to take control and put the game beyond doubt as he claimed 4-21 and the Dolphins got up by 16 runs. Easts batted again and moved through to 6/115 with James Dunn scoring 63 before time was called.

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