Mosman's Whale of a time against the Dolphins30-Nov-2016 First Grade
It was a tight round five two-day fixture which saw Easts scrap to a three wicket win against Mosman at Allan Border Oval. Easts won the toss on day one and sent Mosman in to bat, where Daniel Magin exhibited some impressive bowling skills, with 3-66 off 20 overs. He was well supported by the economical Will Somerville who took 2-37 off 26 overs, which included nine maidens. Ian Moran chipped in with 2-21. In reply Easts finished day one at 0-49.
The day was also highlighted by Ian Moran who only required six runs on Sunday to move into third place as the highest all time Sydney Grade Cricket run scorer. Moran requires another 147 runs to move into second place.
It was a difficult two day game for Easts as Mosman came out on top in the first day compiling an impressive 296. Easts were unable to take some crucial wickets late in the Mosman innings. Jacob Taucher continued with his strong season gaining figures of 3-75 off 24.5 overs. Jack Remond impressed in his first game this season for Second Grade, taking 2-48. Jono Smith also bowled well, snaring two wickets.
Easts never really fired with the bat on day two, and were bundled out for 145 with only Tom Gallop 37 and Jack Remond 30 making any contribution.
Third Grade had another tough assignment against a flying Mosman. Losing the toss Mosman chose to bat on day one on an abrasive wicket. At tea the game was in the balance at 3-100 but a large fifth wicket partnership helped set up a massive total for the Whales as Easts were left trying to control the run rate with a bowler down. Will Lawrence was the pick of the bowlers with 3-67 while Harry Brooks offered some valuable support with 2-77. Mosman finished the day with an imposing 8-363 after Easts managed to shell six catches.
The momentum Mosman had built on day one quickly transcended into day two as the Dolphins were left floundering after another poor top order batting display and were reeling at 5/38. Steele Brown showed some resistance with a defiant 33 in the middle order, while Patrick Turk did his best with 23 not out as the Dolphins were bowled out for 125 in the 58th over.
Easts impressed on both days of the two day game against the Whales. Mosman were bowled out on the first day for just 177. Tim Brown was the standout bowler, claiming 6-62. Will Simpson and Rueben Taucher both showcased their skills, scoring 82 and 52 respectively. On day two, the Dolphins' effort in the field continued to excel, where Tim Brown snared 4-47, where he was able to get his first ten wicket haul for the season. Spin was the story of the day with Andy Yaxley also contributing taking 3-21, leaving Mosman 8-113, falling just short of an outright victory for Easts.
Whilst it was a challenging two day game for Easts which resulted in a Dolphins loss, there were some strong standouts in the game. Luke Course took 3-88 off 17 overs. David Dunne took two off 20, and was ably backed up by Verdant Agrawal who also chipped in with two wickets.
Easts scored 172 on day two with Naveed Chowdhury and Sam Powell the only batsmen passing 30.
Easts had a strong two day victory against Randwick Petersham Gold in the Metro Cup. Standout performer from the game was Kirk Rimmer who was able to blast his way to 136. Captain Jackson Coutts led the way with 3-36. Enter Clayton and Hooke who both contributed with three wickets each. Easts quickly scored 80 runs and declared sending Randwick Petersham back into bat. Agrawal was the standout taking three wickets ensuring Easts an outright victory for the Dolphins which has now propelled them to third place on the ladder.
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