Round 9 match report - Fairfield Lions Tamed11-Jan-2017
It was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year with a solid win for Easts against Fairfield-Liverpool in the first game back after the Christmas break. Fairfield won the toss and chose to send the Dolphins in to bat at the start of the day. Opener, Sam Robson, scored an impressive 82 off 103 balls. Simon Chu made a significant contribution to the team getting 71 off just 80 balls. Easts continued to score consistently, and further down the order Daniel Magin got 34, leaving the Dolphins 8 for 256. Their success continued when Easts star bowler Daniel Magin took 4 wickets off 10 overs. Nathan Rowe was another standout who also got 4 wickets off a quick 5.4 overs. Will Somerville and Jonathan Smith both contributed, taking a wicket each, leaving Fairfield-Liverpool all out for 183. Let's hope Easts can continue their winning streak against Blacktown next week.
Following in First Grade’s footsteps, Second Grade had a fantastic start to the year, winning by 6 wickets at Waverley Oval. The match had a stand out performance with Tas Yazdani claiming the amazing figures of 7/5 off eight overs. His first spell included 3/5. After he finished that spell, Fairfield then recovered to 5/158 as they look set to post a competitive total. But Yazdani had other ideas when he returned for his second spell to dismantle the tail to take 4/0 as Fairfield-Liverpool were bowled out for 163.
In reply there were a few wobbles and at 4/80 the match was in the balance, but an 85 unbeaten 5th wicket partnership between Udit Mehta 49 not out and Ollie Maxwell 21 not out saw the Dolphins home.
It was a close match for Fourth Grade, against the winless Fairfield-Liverpool, yet Easts managed to continue their winning streak for the round after Xmas. Opener Jonathon Bank started off the day well, scoring 23. Matthew Coles and Terry Mystakas followed suit managing 28 and 29 respectively. The Dolphins finished at 9 for 138.
Their bowling skills then led them to victory. Tim Brown was the standout, taking 4/31, while David Dunne bowled tightly at the other end taking 1/14 off his 10 overs. Rueben Taucher 2/13 and Patrick Turk 2/24 saw the Dolphins home to finish off the tail as the Lions were bowled out for 103.
Sutherland proved too strong in the penultimate round match on Sunday. Opener Sam Smyth showed great promise at the start of the day, scoring 55, with a solid contribution of 36 from Will Simpson. Michael Jones and Jack Remond both contributed 15 and 18 respectively. Whilst Easts final score was a respectable 168, Sutherland’s batting line up was too solid to break. Will Simpson took three wickets off ten overs, while Jack Remond and Jonte Pattison both picked up a wicket each. Their good efforts unfortunately did not quite pay off, and at 4/66 the match was in the balance, but Sutherland took to some loose bowling knocking the score off with 5 wickets in hand and 22 overs remaining. The result sealed the fate of our finals aspirations with one match left to play against Sydney Uni.
Easts accomplished a comprehensive win against Georges River at Trumper on Sunday, bowling their opponents out for just 61. Easts posted 227 off their 50 overs with Shreyan Deshpande and Thomas Fedorow scoring 72 and 77 respectively.
In the afternoon, Easts bowling was strong. Kabir Agrawal got three wickets off 8 overs followed by Frederick Walton who got an incredible five wickets off just 7.1 overs. It was a great day for Easts, starting off the year with a bang. It leaves our Metro side in equal second place on the ladder and just two points off first spot.
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