Rd 3 Match report - Dolphins vs The Hawks

27-Oct-2017 First Grade made it three wins from the first three rounds after accounting for Hawkesbury by six wickets in a rain affected match at Owen Earle.
 
On day one Hawkesbury won the toss and elected to bat. Through the course of the day the Hawks advanced to 3/168 in an afternoon that had a handful of breaks due to intermittent showers.
 
With only 49 overs of play on day one, a full 120 overs were available on the second day. Hawkesbury continued to bat on and provided nuisance with a 142 run fourth wicket partnership which was eventually broken by Sam Doggett who went on to claim 6/80 as the Dolphins took the final 6 wickets for 110 runs on a flat Owen Earle wicket. Will Sommerville provided backup support bowling 27 overs to return 2/95.
 
In reply Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson, got the Dolphins off to a perfect start putting on 178 for the first wicket as the Dolphins looked to chase the total down within the remaining 70 overs. The partnership was broken unfortunately for Maddinson, who fell six runs short of his maiden ton for the Club. Apart from a minor collapse, the chase was never in doubt and revolved around the skill and tenacity of Peter Nevill who guided the Dolphins home with 130 not out, which comprised of 13 boundaries and one six.
 
Easts now sit in second place and take on first placed Manly next round for a chance to move into outright first place on the ladder.
 
Second Grade suffered an agonising loss to Hawkesbury in a match which ebbed and flowed over the two days. Winning the toss, Easts inserted the Hawks who took advantage of some early indifferent bowling on an overcast day at Wavereley to move through to 3/264 before Tas Yazdani returned to trigger a collapse and bring the match back to an even keel. Yazdani finished with the figures of 5/56 and in doing so passed 200 Grade wickets for the Club. Hawkesbury were eventually bowled out for 301. Easts moved through to 39 without loss leaving 263 more runs to acquire six points on day two.
 
On day two Easts moved along nicely, which was built around key partnerships involving Sam Smyth. Smyth batted over five hours facing 256 balls to post his maiden Grade ton just after the tea break. As the Dolphins advanced to 2/216, things almost looked a formality in the last session. But panic set in and Hawkesbury applied the pressure through tight bowling as the required run rate started to push five runs per over. In the space of under an hour Easts lost 5/28 to collapse to 7/244, but Tas Yazdani and Jason Ralston bought the game back into the balance and at 7/281 with almost a run a ball needed, the match looked anyone’s. As the overs wound down, the Dolphins lost their last three wickets for 12 runs to fall an heart-breaking eight runs short.
 
The Dolphins will be desperate to post their first win against Manly away in Round 4 to get their season going.
 
Third Grade notched their second win thanks to a match winning ton from Bruno Broughton. Day one started late after rain in the Hawkesbury region and batting, the Hawks shot out of the blocks taking a liking to any poor bowling racing to 2/100 off just 17 overs. But Mark Morley and Lachlan Maddinson put the brakes on as the Hawks finished a rain shortened day at 4/144 after only 44 overs were possible.
 
Given the state of play and only 80 overs of cricket available before the start of day two, the Dolphins were effectively behind in the game. But a spirited effort in the field led by some sharp bowling from Tom Skelly and support from Ryan O’bierne saw the Hawks bundled out for 207. With 49 overs to chase down the required total Easts made things difficult for themselves after a top order collapse just as the Dolphins had established a platform. However Broughton made the most of the situation to score his maiden Grade ton for the Club in just his third match as he guided the Dolphins home to compile 105. Broughton received valuable support when the game was in the balance from Sam Mullens and Rueben Taucher, as Easts got up by three wickets.
 
Third Grade aim up against their prior seasons nemesis Manly at Trumper Oval with both sides looking for a win to push them into the top six.
 
Fourth Grade played the first game of the season at the newly laid Trumper Oval. Winning the toss Easts put the Hawks in and the visitors advanced through to 5/256 on where Easts didn’t help themselves with some indifferent fielding. Steve Lewis 3/67 (21 overs) and Sam Powell 2/69 (24 overs), bowled a bulk of the overs in an attempt to restrict the Hawks on a good batting wicket.
 
On day two the Hawks batted on for six overs to declare at 7/288, leaving Easts 72 overs to chase down the required total. Easts started well thanks to an aggressive 56 from Alex Tunnadine before he was dismissed to a dubious decision, as the Dolphins went to tea at 2/105 and set up the match up for an interesting last session. Unfortunately for the home side, the required rate was hard to maintain as Easts pushed for the win, not being content on a draw. The innings revolved around Jono Bank who made 78 over the course of 56 overs as Easts were eventually bowled out for 229.
 
Fourth Grade will be looking to bounce back and make it two and two as they head to Graham Reserve next round.
 
Fifth Grade completed a comprehensive victory against Hawkesbury at Bensons Lane. Batting on day one Darcy Matthews produced his maiden Grade ton for the Club as he piled on 144 not out with 16 boundaries and one six. Matthews was supported by English import Amartyr Kaul who compiled 52 as Easts raced to 4/251 in the available 48 overs on a rain affected day.
 
On day two Easts declared immediately and made short work of the Hawks as the home side was reduced to 8/67 at tea. A rear guard action from the Hawkesbury tail delayed the inevitable after tea as the home side was eventually bowled out for 119 with Luke Course claiming 5/40 with Shreyan Deshpande taking 3/8.
 
Fifth Grade are at home at Snape and will be looking to make it three from four and consolidate a spot in the top six.
 
Sixth Grade were at home at Waverley Oval to Randwick-Petersham and unfortunately were denied by late afternoon rain on day two. Batting on day one Easts built a decent total of 259 thanks to half centuries to Harold Dakin 69, Nathan Moxey 50 and Will Thorp 51 not out.
 
On day two, the visitors were never in the hunt as spin played a big part in strangling Randwick-Petersham as Vedant Agrawal 5/70 claimed his first five wicket haul for the Club. As rain moved over Waverley and suspended play, the overs available started to reduce. When play eventually restarted Easts required three wickets in 40 minutes of play. When time was called the visitors survived with one wicket in hand to finish 9/153 and meaning both sides shared a point each.
 
Sixth Grade travel to Rance Oval to take on Penrith in a two day fixture over the coming two Saturdays.

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