Rain mars round against North Sydney as First Grade escape with a draw16-Nov-2015
By Adam Bagnall
Bad light saved Easts Dolphins from defeat against North Sydney in a match that was affected by weather on both days.
After posting a competitive 7/276 last week, the Dolphins looked to be right on top of their rivals, reducing them to 3/64 at one stage.
A spirited century from North Sydney’s Nicholas Watkins denied Easts but in the end it was the Bears who were left frustrated at 6-266 when play was abandoned and the match called a draw.
However, North Sydney continued to frustrate the Dolphins’ bowlers, who were economical, but couldn’t get the last few wickets needed for victory.
The best of the Dolphins was Sandy Rogers who finished with a handy 2/71 from 16 overs. Rowe, Moran and Rootes picked up a wicket each.
Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence found plenty of positives in the match, singling out Moran, Lazarus and Ezekiel for their batting efforts.
"I've asked the side to remain positive as we are doing plenty of things really well it's just a matter of getting back to building pressure in the field through more consistent areas with the ball," Clarence said.
"Watkins was particularly impressive and batted with a lot of freedom."
The ninth-placed Dolphins will host 7th-placed Gordon next weekend at Waverly Oval looking to get their season back on track.
"There are a few things to work on in terms of building consecutive dots to force errors from the opposition once the ball is a bit older," Clarence said.
"We didn't make it too difficult for North Sydney to keep the scoreboard moving throughout the day so addressing our lengths is crucial for us to work on at practice this week."
The Dolphins’ match with North Sydney was called off due to rain, with North Sydney at 3/94, chasing the Dolphin’s total of 7/213.
Jack Playfair picked up 2 wickets for the Dolphins before the weather prevented any further play.
No play was possible on day two of the Dolphins’ match against North Sydney with the ground deemed unfit for play.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates won the toss and batted, but were bundled out for 127 thanks to a brilliant display of bowling by Zaeem Tapia (4/9).
In reply an unbeaten 48 by Andy Coles guided the Dolphins to a 5-wicket victory.
Easts couldn't back up their impressive round one victory and suffered a nine-wicket loss to Manly.
The Dolphins batted first and could only manage 8-101 from 37 overs, which was reached thanks to Steele Brown's late cameo of 25*,
In response, Jack Remond took an early wicket but from their the Waratahs reached the target with no further losses.
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