Round 12 vs The Ghosts


In First Grade, Easts Dolphins' hopes of finishing in the top six took a dent as their tightly fought two-day contest with Campbelltown-Camden ended in a draw at Waverley Oval. Despite having the star power of NSW players Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson available, Easts were unable to reel in the 373-run target set by the Ghosts. 

On day one, Easts were made to pay for not finishing off the tail, having Campbelltown-Camden 8-309 before the visitors survived on day one and batted into day two. Off-spinner Will Somerville was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-71 off 30 overs, while opening paceman Jono Smith took 3-61 off 15. 

On day two Easts got off to the perfect start, with Nevill (62) and Peter Lazarus (39) sharing a 100-run opening partnership. The wicket of Nevill however sparked a collapse as the Dolphins went from 0-106 to 5-125 in the space of 11 overs. That period costs Easts by the end of the game, despite the efforts of Adam Ezekiel (55) and Somerville (62), who took the score past 200. And despite the game looking over - Jack Preddey resurrected hopes of a win with swashbuckling 82 off 70 balls that brought the match to life. He and Somerville put on a century stand in less than 20 overs and gave the Dolphins a hope of chasing the target. The dismissal of he and Somerville though forced Easts to block it out and take the one point as the match ended in a draw. 

"We left ourselves with too much to do on day two and were left to lament not getting our wickets on day one," captain Greg Clarence said. "Campbelltown are on top of the ladder and I thought we competed with them the over the two days, but just couldn't land that killer blow." "It's pretty much do or die for us now." 

The result pushes Easts back to ninth on the ladder, one win out of the crucial top six positions. 

Second Grade travelled to Raby to play sixth place Campbelltown in a do or die clash. Easts won the toss and decided to bat and compiled a competitive total of 238. The Easts innings was built off another superb knock from Harry Brynes Howe who compiled 78 in an innings which included five boundaries and two sixes. He received valuable support from Tom Gallop who made 58. Easts made steady progression moving to 1/76, 2/119 and then 3/165 with support from Will Simpson who also made 34. Easts were bowled out off the last ball of the innings as wickets were lost searching for quick runs. 

The Ghosts found themselves behind in their chase at 2/46, but from there Campbelltown’s chase was clinical and built off key partnerships as they took advantage of missed opportunities in the field. a The Ghosts kept the required run rate in check throughout the remainder of their innings and eventually passed Easts total six wickets down and with two overs in hand. Tom Skelly (2/35) and Nathan Rowe (2/31) tried hard with the ball but the home side were too good as they took advantage of Easts mistakes. The loss leaves Second Grade 13 points outside the top six with last seasons Premiers to play next round at Trumper. 

Third Grade made light work of Campbelltown in an eventful day at Trumper. Play was delayed an hour and a half while the wicket was prepared and after losing the toss Easts were sent in and moved along nicely to 2/79 before a middle order collapse quickly shifted the balance of the game into the visitors favour. The Dolphins slumped to 8/121 and things looked dire, but a 59 run ninth wicket partnership followed by a 45 run undefeated last wicket partnership pushed the Dolphins to 9/225 off their 50 overs. The partnerships were built off the back of an entertaining 62 not out from Steele Brown who hit five sixes. Jameson Coutts supported Brown with 36 after Michael Quinn compiled 34 at the top of the innings. 

In reply the Ghosts innings quickly fell apart as they were left reeling at 7/34. James Coutts (3/11), Mark Morley (3/17) and Udit Mehta (3/25) were the main wicket takers as Easts bundled out the visitors for 73 in 28 overs. The win ensured a bonus point for Easts and catapulted them back into sixth position with matches against two other top six sides over the coming month. 

Fourth Grade also travelled to Raby to play last placed Campbelltown. Easts won the toss and sent the home side in who capitalised on some indifferent bowling and moved along nicely to 0/60 before the course of their innings took a different direction. Tim Brown (3/29) helped bring the game back into the Dolphins favour as the Ghosts were reduced to 4/100 and then eventually bowled out for 137. Brown received support from Alex Tunnadine (2/6) and Steve Lewis (2/31) as the last wicket was captured in the 42nd over. 

Easts chase began slowly as they looked to run down Campbelltown’s total. With a bonus point on offer Easts looked to lift the run rate with 15 overs to go, but in doing so lost a couple of key wickets which stalled the chase as Easts settled for six points. Sam Powell hit 41 not out at the back end of the Dolphins chase. The win leaves Easts ten points outside the top six with next weekend off with a Saturday and Sunday fixture at Drummoyne the following weekend. 
Fifth Grade played at home to the Ghosts at Snape Park in a heated match. Easts were sent in and started well moving along to 2/92 before an almighty collapse saw the Dolphins lose 8/25. Opener Naveed Chowdhury made just under half Easts runs with 51 which included a solitary boundary on a field with a thick outfield. Easts were bowled out in the 40th over for 117.  

In reply Easts seamers capitalised in the bowler friendly conditions to have the Ghosts in disarray at 6/28, but some minor rear guard actions started to swing the game back to the visitors and at 8/93 the game started to see within reach of Campbelltown. But the conditions and accuracy of the Easts quicks were to much for the Ghosts as the Dolphins had the final say taking the last two wickets without further addition and ensuring themselves of six points. Naveed Chowdhury rounded off an excellent all round game with 3/29. James Hooke returned 3/6 while Luke Course claimed 2/11. The win has Easts nine points outside the top six. 

Sixth Grade have acquired second place on the Metro Cup after a comfortable win against Randwick-Petersham at Trumper Park on Sunday. Winning the toss, the Dolphins sent the visitors in and despite a solid start the innings quickly fell apart for Randwick as they were bowled out in the 33rd over for 115. Satish Kala was the key wicket taker with 3/24 while Nathan Moxey, Robbie Ensor and Corey de Wit all picked up two wickets each. 

Easts chase took place without any real concern as the Dolphins acquired their six points within 31 overs with Chaitanya Madala top scoring with 36. Shreyan Deshpande finished 26 not out. Easts take on Randwick’s other Metro Cup side at Snape on Saturday in a two day fixture.

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