Dolphins, Panthers & Rain - Easts pick up the win in 3 out of 5.24-Feb-2017 First grade:
The Dolphins secured a crucial win against Penrith on Saturday at Waverley Oval to keep their season alive. Penrith won the toss and sent Easts into bat. Opener Adam Ezekiel started off the day in fine and confident form, scoring 48. His collaboration with renowned wicket keeper, Peter Nevill, was something to witness, who notched up an impressive 90 off 101 balls, including four 4's. It appeared the Dolphins were on a roll, with Sam Robson also contributing a crucial 70, including three 6's. Easts had produced the highly competitive total of 6 for 261 off their allotted 50 overs.
Penrith's reply didn't start off well as the Dolphins looked to turn the screws. Ian Moran picked up an early wicket while Daniel Magin continued his fine season form taking three top order wickets as the Panthers were left reeling at 6/101 when the rain arrived. By this stage under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations, Easts were clearly in front should they not get back on, but the eastern suburbs didn't see the same heavy rain the rest of Sydney saw and play was able to resume after 90 minutes of play was lost. With a revised total of 256 required off 45 overs, Penrith used the break to regroup and set about chasing the total down with intent. With 15 runs required off the last over and only one wicket in hand, Penrith came within a solitary run of pulling off a remarkable comeback as the Dolphins prevailed to keep their season alive with two rounds to go until the finals.
Penrith won the toss and opted to bat at Howell Oval. Easts bowled well in parts of the innings, with Jacob Taucher taking two wickets in his allotted ten overs. Further into the day John Anderson and Matthew Sarkies both captured three wickets in their ten overs as they controlled the Penrith run rate in the middle overs, and turned the match after Penrith looked set to produce at decent total as they moved to 1/118. The Panthers eventually finished at 9/184 with Sarkies 3/25 and Andersen 3/18 being the pick of the bowlers.
As the Dolphins came into bat, the weather took a turn, leaving the team with a very limited time to deliver and the chance Duckworth-Lewis calculations would come into play. Opener Sam Smyth managed to get 25 off 53 balls, while Peter Lazarus was left 11 not out as heavy rain and lightning moved towards the ground. The covers were put down and play was suspended. As heavy rain lashed the ground, it resulted in no more play being possible as the outfield became a quagmire. With Easts 1/43 and four runs ahead of the required run rate it ensured a crucial six points for the Dolphins as they push for the finals.
Third Grade registered their fourth win in a row against third placed Penrith at Trumper. Losing the toss, the Panthers elected to bat and got off to a steady start. The Penrith innings ebbed and flowed and every time a threatening partnership loomed, Easts bowlers were able to either peg back the run rate or take a crucial wicket. The back end of the Penrith innings crumbled losing its last four wickets for nine runs. Harry Brooks took 3/30 off seven overs, while two other bowlers strangled the Panthers going for less than 20 runs off their 10 overs in a strong display in the field. Penrith eventually being bowled out for 159.
The momentum didn’t continue at the start of the Dolphins innings and they looked in trouble early at 3/8 as the run rate crawled. Andy Coles and Udit Mehta went about a resurrection, but Mehta fell not long before the rain intervened with Easts 4/63. 15 overs in total were lost due to the break. With a run rate adjustment as opposed to Duckworth-Lewis in lower grades, it meant the Dolphins required a further 49 runs off the remaining 10 overs of play, still with six wickets in hand. Easts knocked the total off with ease only losing one further wicket as they finished the 35th over at 5/123. Third Grade has now only lost one match since round six and is building some good momentum with the hope of jagging a finals spot.
The Fourth Grade fixture at Bill Ball Due ended in a draw with not enough overs being bowled to constitute a result. Penrith won the toss and elected to bat, ending up all out for 159. Steve Lewis was the standout bowler, taking three wickets in 7.2 overs. Patrick Turk also bowled well taking 3/24, while Will Lawrance also captured three impressive wickets.
In the early afternoon Easts looked steady, with Patrick Turk and Reuben Taucher at 2 for 35, when the match was interrupted by rain and lightning after 12 overs. After the storm passed the run ups and outfield didn’t with stand the elements and the match was abandoned. Eastern Suburbs still remain in a strong position for the finals and victory in the final two matches should ensure a finals berth.
This week Fifth Grade played in Snape Park against strong opponent, Penrith, who sit fifth on the ladder. Easts hoped to climb the leader board from their 17th spot this week. Penrith posted 167 being bowled out in the 47th over. Easts set about their chase in the afternoon but lost regular wickets in a rain affected and over reduced match and never looked like building any partnerships to chase the revised total finishing at 6/72 as Penrith took home the six points.
Easts remain in strong position at number three on the ladder after this week’s draw against Blacktown at Whalan. Easts started off the day in strong batting position. At number two in the order, Thomas Fedorow scored an impressive 84, which included four 4’s. The team batted fairly consistently, where further down the order, James Dunne hit 36, followed by Darcy Matthews 31 and James Hooke 35 who batted through the middle and latter overs. Easts compiled 8/257 off their allotted overs.
The afternoon storms arrived during the lunch break and resulted in the match being abandoned as the ground became unfit for play. Easts square off again against local rivals Randwick-Petersham at Kensington Oval as they look to cement a finals berth.
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