Round 4 proved to be fruitless against Manly

07-Nov-2017 Round 4 proved to be fruitless against Manly, as rain and stronger opposition had a say in match outcomes.

It was first verse second place in First Grade as the Dolphins hosted competition leaders Manly at Waverley Oval in Round 4 of NSW Premier Cricket. Winning the toss, Manly elected to bat and the Dolphins quicks capitalised on some early movement reducing the strong Waratah batting line up to 3/23 with wickets to Sam Doggett and NSW quick Harry Conway.
A minor Manly resurrection was halted with a double strike to Conway just after lunch as Easts were well on top with Manly reeling at 5/97. But as the wicket flattened out Manly produced a match saving partnership for the sixth wicket which brought the match back into the balance. Support from the middle and lower order allowed the visitors to reach 283 as Manly were bowled out just before stumps. Conway finished with figures of 4/30 off 19.3 overs while Doggett returned 3/82. In reply Easts finished the day 0/6, with the match set on an even keel going into day two.
On day two the rain had the final say as a significant amount of overs were lost because of intermittent showers. With only 37 overs bowled, it meant a result was difficult to achieve for either side and almost impossible for Easts as the home side finished 5/136 when time was called at 6:30pm. Both sides took a point each and retained their respective places on the ladder, as only four sides achieved a result from the round.
Second Grade also had to settle for a draw at Manly Oval after the home side won the toss and elected to bat. The Waratahs set a good platform moving to 0/111 and then 2/170 before Tom Skelly 4/66 and Nathan Rowe 3/69 bought the game back into the balance bowling Manly out for 302 in batting friendly conditions. The Dolphins didn’t start their reply the way they wanted, quickly falling to 2/5 before Bruno Broughton and Andy Coles moved Easts through to 2/35 at the close of play.
On day two, only 24 overs of play were achieved as consistent rain fell across the northern beaches. When play did resume after tea in dark conditions, it wasn’t without some concern as Easts quickly fell to 5/83 before Will Simpson 47 not out steadied the ship and ensured the Dolphins would at least take a point from the match.
Third Grade suffered a significant loss at Trumper with effectively only ten men. Losing the toss Manly elected to bat, with Easts a bowler down after Harry Brooks rolled his ankle not long after the toss. The Waratah openers capitalised moving through to 0/100 before a runout broke the partnership. Two more wickets meant the game was even at tea with Manly 3/115, but after the break the shortage of bowling options allowed the visitors to take advantage and they moved their score through to 5/260 at the close of play.
Manly declared at the start of day two and made the most of the different conditions which assisted their seamers to dismiss the Dolphins for 107.
Fourth Grade travelled to Graham Reserve and losing the toss were sent in and were at the mercy of the Manly attack on an underprepared wicket which offered the seamers a lot of assistance. Collapsing to 5/10 things looked dire, but with a little middle order resistance the Dolphins scrambled to 64. In reply Manly found themselves in strife as the Easts seamers also capitalised in bowler friendly conditions. Dan Donato 6-30 and Sam Powell 2-35 bowled 30 overs between them as the home side passed Easts total six down. Some lower order hitting allowed Manly to build a lead before stumps as they finished the day at 9/136.
Only 15 overs were bowled on day two as rain persisted. Manly declared immediately and sent Easts back in who finished the day 0/31.
Fifth Grade suffered a 66 run loss against a strong Manly outfit at Snape Park. Winning the toss Manly moved to 0/64 before Robbie Ensor entered the attack dismissing both openers. The Waratahs moved through to 4/107 at tea with the game poised evenly, but after tea Ensor with the support of Vedant Agrawal worked to bowl Manly out for 158. Ensor collected 5/24 while Agrawal finished with 2/16. In reply Easts fell to 4/39 at stumps leaving the middle order with plenty of work to do on day two.
As the rain stayed away at Snape, Manly’s bowlers took their opportunity to collect the remaining six wickets to achieve a first innings win. Easts were eventually bowled out for 92 just before tea. When the rain did arrive during the break, time was called on the game with Easts no doubt disappointed after a strong show in the field.
Sixth Grade experienced a loss at Rance Oval against Penrith they would rather forget after only being able to muster seven players. Penrith had no hesitation batting and the runs flowed as a result of a lot of free space in the field. Angus Hayward tried hard returning the figures of 3/61 as Penrith declared at 4/354. Easts moved through to 0/50 at the close of play.
After a 66 run opening stand between Harry Wells and Hugh Pilkington Easts crumbled to 104 with only six wickets available. Unfortunately this trend continued in the second innings as Easts mustered 96. A return to Sunday matches next round against UNSW will hopefully ensure our Metro side will be able to fill a full side.

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