Round 8 Match Reports -Dolphins and Rangers share the spoils

21-Dec-2016 First Grade: 
Easts had an impressive end to the year with an outstanding win against Northern District in a one day game. The Dolphins started the day strong, with some stellar bowling and fielding. Daniel Magin and Will Somerville both took three wickets, for 18 runs each which forced the Rangers to settle with the total score of 183. In the afternoon, the day's intense heat did not affect Easts as their opening batsmen showcased the skill and talent which the club is proud to hold. Sam Robson looked calm and ready as he swiftly batted his way to a century, with eight boundaries and four 6's, off 97 balls. This was yet another impressive display for the season. John Anderson did his part scoring 21, along with Simon Chu who hit 60 not out. The day ended with Easts 1 for 185, an easy nine wicket win going into the Xmas break.

Second grade: 
At Mark Taylor Oval, Second Grade turned up to the ground to be greeted by a wet wicket. When play finally started at 2:30pm the match was reduced to 25 overs a side and Easts won the toss and sent Northern Districts in. The Rangers compiled 4/167 off their allotted overs.

In reply Easts kept the required run rate in check as wickets fell regularly. Easts moved through to 4/67 after 10 overs still needing 100 off the remaining 15 overs. Sam Reading was the main contributor compiling a quick fire 35. But with seven overs to go and still 48 runs adrift, the Dolphins found themselves nine down as a valuable last wicket partnership started to develop in an attempt to knock off the required total. When the equation read 15 off 12 balls the match was on an even keel, but the required total of 156 was too much of an ask, as Easts went down fighting, losing by 11 runs.

Third Grade:
Third Grade made a gallant effort to pull their match out of the fire as they were left reeling at 6-58 after they were sent in to bat on a tacky wicket at Trumper. The resurrection was built around the patience of Andy Coles 35 and some tail end resistance including a valuable 31 from Harry Brooks which allowed the Dolphins to scramble to 9-166 as the wicket flattened out in the heat of the day.

In reply Northern Districts kept their chase ahead of the required run rate but kept loosing wickets as they looked to put the chase beyond doubt. The Dolphins were exceptional in the field producing three run outs including a direct hit from Andy Coles at a crucial time. Steve Lewis 2-33 and Sam McNiel 2-31 provided valuable spells to pull the Rangers back. With time on their side, but only two wickets in hand, Northern Districts were able to wind the required total down to get the six points.

Fourth Grade: 
Eastern Suburbs continued their strong form in fourth grade, defeating Northern District fairly comfortably. Easts won the toss and sent Northern District into bat. It was truly a team performance, with the wickets being shared around.  Luke Course was especially successful, getting two for 42, and Tim Brown held up an end, bowling extremely tight, only conceding 32 runs off his ten overs. In reply, Mike Jones got the Dolphins off to a great start, gearing Easts home, with a match winning 85 not out. He was ably accompanied by the comeback king, Alex Tunnadine, who got 48 respectively. Coming into the Christmas break, fourth grade are in a strong position, in fourth place, and will be searching for higher honors later in the season. 

Fifth grade and Sixth grade: matches abandoned due to bad weather. 

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