Mosman Whales sink Easts Dolphins


First Grade suffered another frustrating loss at home to Mosman in their last One Day Cup regular season match. Fortunately for the Dolphins, a superior run rate has meant Easts stay alive and progress through to the finals of the One Day Cup, where they will face off against first placed Campbelltown-Camden at Raby on Sunday 28th January.

On Saturday Easts won the toss and elected to field and allowed the Whales to amass 7/267. Harry Conway was the stand out performer with the ball taking 2/36 off his ten overs. He was ably supported by Tom Skelly (3/58) and Jack Preddey (2/66).

In reply, Easts got off to a bad start losing both in form players Ian Moran and Adam Ezekiel to be left reeling at 2/13. A minor recovery between Greg Clarence and Jack Preddey bought the game back into the balance at 4/152 before Preddey fell. With 15 overs remaining Easts required 100 with five wickets in hand with Clarence still at the crease. The ask was out of reach for the Dolphins despite Clarence's knock of 92 as Easts fell 38 runs short.

Easts slip to 7th on the Belvidere Cup ladder and return to two day cricket over this coming Saturday and Sunday against Gordon at Chatswood Oval.

Second Grade suffered a four wicket loss at Allan Border Oval, which has severely jeopardised their season campaign. Easts won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that has produced a significant amount of runs this season. An 86 run second wicket partnership between Harry Byrnes Howe (53) and Peter Lazarus (46) laid a platform for a decent total. But when both fell, the innings failed to get into a higher gear as regular wickets fell. Will Lawrence (26) and Tas Yazdani (27) both produced run a ball knocks at the back end of the innings as the Dolphins closed at 9/220.

In reply Mosman got off to a flier and quickly moved through to 1/105 before Ryan O'Bierne was introduced into the attack and bought the game back into the balance collecting 4/37. O'Bierne's efforts were all in vein as the Whales had plenty of overs in hand passing the Dolphins total in the 41st over with four wickets in hand.

Easts have dropped to 15th position and sit 14 points outside the top 6.

Third Grade played second placed Mosman at Trumper Oval. Losing their ninth toss in a row, Easts were sent in on a wicket that offered the seamers plenty of assistance. The Dolphins quickly fell to 7/57 as boundaries were also hard to come by on a ground with a thick outfield. Number nine Angus Palmer (35) top scored as the rest of the tail supported him in pushing their total to 113.

Easts got off to the perfect start also exploiting the pitch conditions as the balance of the game kept changing as Easts regularly picked up wickets. At 6/58 the Dolphins had their noses in front. The impact of the hot afternoon sun was evident as conditions become batter friendly as the middle order became hard to dislodge. Mark Morley (3/33) and Matt Sarkies (2/17) tried hard as they took wickets at key times. With Mosman eight down and scores tied, Matt Sarkies effected a direct hit run out at the bowlers end. The next ball was edged by the batsmen and flew over slips to get the visitors home by one wicket.

Easts have slipped to 7th spot on the ladder and will be hoping to get back in the winners circle against Gordon.

Fourth Grade had a much needed win and keep their season alive after a 24 run win at Rawson Park. Losing the toss Easts were sent in and at 5/51 things looked bleak despite Matt Coles effort, who produced 30 opening up. An 85 run sixth wicket partnership between Finbar Stenmark (52) and Kirk Rimmer (41) bought Easts back into the game as the Dolphins finished with a competitive total of 8/172 on a difficult wicket which had uneven bounce.

Despite a minor fourth wicket partnership Easts always had control of the game as the quicks Jameson Coutts (3/13), Max Abbott (3/28) and Finbar Stenmark (3/24) had the final say over the result of the match as the Whales were bundled out for 148.

Easts still sit 8 points adrift of the top 6, but consecutive wins through January will ensure their season stays alive heading into the last couple of rounds.

Fifth Grade suffered a frustrating seven wicket loss at Snape Park. Winning the toss and batting first, Easts were bundled out for just 100, despite the efforts of Tom Federow who made 43.

Early on Easts had Mosman in trouble at 3/30 with Luke Course (2/15) causing issues for the Whales batsmen. However a 74 run fourth wicket partnership sealed the win for the visitors with a bonus point.

The Dolphins now sit 5 points outside the top 6 with key matches coming up as they will look to move back into the top 6.

Sixth Grade made it five wins in a row as they accounted for UNSW at David Phillips by 5 wickets in 40 degree heat on Sunday. The Bumblee bees made 9/174 with wickets shared around. Corey de Wit claimed 2/28 off his ten overs.

The response was paced perfectly by the Dolphins thanks to 55 from opener Freddy Walton and 35 not out from Shreyan Deshpande as Easts passed the total with three overs to spare.

The win pushes Sixth Grade into third spot on the ladder, just 6 points away from first place.

It was not a great start to the year for Green Shield or Poidevin-Gray. Last week Green Shield were beaten by 18 runs by Gordon and 59 runs against Hawkesbury in their two encounters. The losses leave Green Shield with the requirement to win all remaining matches and hope other results go their way. Poidevin-Gray suffered a seven wicket loss on Sunday to Gordon at Waverley after being bundled out for just 51 with Jono Bank carrying his bat for 20 not out.

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