Penrith reel in huge target to snatch victory at Howell


Easts Dolphins were left stunned on Saturday as Penrith reeled in their mammoth score of 378 to score a two-wicket win.

The Panthers resumed day two at 0-53, still needing 327 runs to win.

An opening partnership of 147 gave Penrith the upper hand early but a steady flow of wickets had the Dolphins right back in the match at 4/191.

Partnerships of 89 and 70 took Penrith to 5/350, before they lost 3-17 to give Easts hope - but the run had been left too late.

Spinners Shane Devoy (4-63) and Daniel Rootes (3-63) took seven of the eight wickets to fall but Greg Clarence said the bowling unit as a whole didn’t build enough pressure.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the result. We have to be able to restrict teams from chasing such a big total through building pressure and shutting the scoreboard down with the ball,"Clarence said.

"It's not often that 378 isn't defended so our quicks definitely need to respond this week."

"Our spinners played a huge role in restricting the scoreboard,taking 7/123 off 43 overs which was an outstanding effort…They kept us in the game."

With one win from their first three matches – this week’s clash against Wests at Waverley Oval shapes as a crucial one.

Second Grade

Resuming at 1/18 chasing Penrith’s first innings of 264, the Dolphins made a bright start thanks to the efforts of Thomas Gallop (28) and James Kettleborough (56).

Though a collapse reduced Easts to 5-109 before Michael MacLennan’s half century and Sam Reading’s 38 put the Dolphins back on top. 

But from 5-197, Easts were bowled out for 214.

Third Grade

The Dolphins made just 74 the previous Saturday in their first innings, and Penrith went on to make 179. Batting again, the Dolphins played much better in making 258, thanks to half centuries to James Deacon (76) and Mark Morley (82).

Fourth Grade

Chasing 293, Easts looked gone at 4-64 on the second day before a 154-run partnership between captain Matt Sarkies (110) and Chris Florence (77) turned the match around.

For Sarkies it was his first century in Grade cricket and his innings took Easts within sight of an unlikely victory.

The Dolphins required 28 runs from the final three overs but lost wickets in pursuit of quick runs and finished at 9-290. The match ending in a draw.

Fifth Grade

Chasing 117, Penrith went into day 2 in trouble at 6/35, and the Dolphins bowled them out for 90. Easts batted out the rest of the match and were 5/83 at the end of play.

Sixth Grade

Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates won the toss and batted at Boronia Park and were bowled out for 127, Zaeem Tapia the best with the ball, taking 4 wickets. The Dolphins reeled in the total with 5 wickets to spare. Andrew Coles top scored with an unbeaten 48.

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