The Hawks show their talons03-Feb-2017 First Grade
On day one of the round 11 clash with Hawkesbury, Easts settled into a long day in the field after losing the toss. Wickets were shared around by most of the Dolphins, with Daniel Magin as usual not disappointing, taking three wickets off his 23 overs. Jack Remond and Sam Robson both secured two wickets from 71 runs alike, while Jonte Pattison also picked up two wickets off 11 overs. Hawkesbury batted through to an impressive score of 396 losing their last wicket right on stumps.
With the addition of Peter Nevill on day two after he had recovered from his freak BBL accident, it bought some excitement and hope to the Dolphins run chase.
Alas, it was not the case and Easts never found themselves in a situation where they could realistically set themselves up for the chase. The home team unfortunately wasn’t on the right side of the conditions as the Waverley wicket crumbled very early in the day making batting difficult and more revolved around survival than the attack that was required to chase down the Hawks large total.
Efforts were spread amongst the team, with most batsmen achieving respectable scores. Sam Robson top scored with an impressive 54, including seven 4’s. He was supported by Ian Moran and Simon Chu who scored 21 and 34, respectively. Jonte Pattison continued with his improving form, compiling 41 in the middle order. Easts were finally bowled out for 225. Easts remain on the cusp of the top six with four rounds remaining.
In what was a close two-day game, the Dolphins were narrowly defeated by a strong Hawkesbury team. Easts fielded on day one and had two impressive standout bowlers. Jacob Taucher took four wickets off his 18 overs. Udit Mehta followed suit, capturing another four wickets in just over 28 overs. Hawkesbury finished day one with a solid 308.
On day two the Dolphins chase looked set up to chase down the Hawks total with Sam Smyth hitting an impressive 60 opening up. The rest of the runs were shared around the team, with notable mentions going to Mark Morley and Thomas Gallop who scored 44 and 53 respectively. With a handful of starts from the Dolphins batsmen, none were able to capitalize and build a match winning knock with Easts eventually being bowled out for 265. Unfortunately, it was not sure enough to secure a win, but hopefully the same will not be said against their second placed UNSW opponents next week as Second Grade will be relying on acquiring six points to keep their season alive.
In a match that ebbed and flowed for two days Third Grade came out victors by 7 runs, keeping their season alive. Batting on day 1 with a long outfield at Trumper Oval the Dolphins battled through to 6/155 at stumps. Contributions came from Prinya Kham 31 and Will Simpson 36 who grafted scores which didn’t indicate their value.
On day two the outfield was cut to a normal length and the Dolphins batted on searching for quick runs, eventually being bowled out for 192 with Will Lawrance compiling a valuable 49. At tea the Hawks were 6/100 with the Dolphins slightly in front, but a threatening seventh wicket partnership in the post tea session put the Hawks within 28 runs of victory when the partnership was finally broken. Two further wickets then fell in one over and the Hawks needed 15 runs with one wicket in hand. In an exciting finish, a mix up between the last batsmen eventuated in an easy run out to get the Dolphins home. Captain Angus Palmer claimed 5/51 and Andy Yaxley 2/43.
Fourth Grade accounted for a young Hawks side, taking home another win, and despite still being outside the top six, Fourth Grade are still within reach of a top four finish on the ladder with a congested table. Early in the innings the Hawks had Easts reeling at 3/33 but Jono Bank was able to steady the ship scoring a gutsy 48 in his return from injury. After another middle order collapse had the Dolphins reeling at 6/84. Enter Kirk Rimmer who continued his stellar season scoring 87 not out with some lower order support. The Dolphins were able to amass a respectable total of 236 and gave their bowlers something to bowl at.
Day two saw Easts slow bowlers thrive taking 9 wickets. Clinical bowling from Tim Brown 4/57 and David ‘the milk bottle’ Dunne 3/14 saw the Dolphins bowl Hawkesbury out for 180. They were assisted by Patrick Turk who got 2/20.
Unfortunately, Fifth Grade lost in another low scoring game. Easts were able to bowl Hawkesbury out for 124. Wickets were shared around between the Dolphins bowlers with Luke Course getting 3 and Jackson Coutts, Steve Towers and Mitch Clayton all snaring 2 respectively. Unfortunately batting again let the dolphins down being bowled out for 84. Vedant Agrawal was the only Easts batsman to show some resolve getting a gutsy 36 off 155 balls. The Dolphins are looking to bounce back against the Bumbleebees in helping push for a mid table finish.
It was a top of the table clash in this rounds Metropolitan Cup with the Dolphins taking on Gordon. Easts were bowled out in the first innings for 106. Jack Fyfe and Nathan Moxey were the main contributors scoring 27 and 20. In a close finish, Gordon were able to just pass East’s score being bowled out for 108. The standout bowler was Nicholas Cooper who was able to snare 4 wickets. East’s were not able to hold back the Stags charge and unfortunately succumbed to an outright loss.
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