Third and Fifth Grade through to Grand Finals


Easts will have two teams in Grand Finals this weekend after both Third and Fifth Grade won their semi-finals.

In Third Grade, Harry Brooks and Matthew Sarkies combined brilliantly with the ball to catapult the Dolphins into their second consecutive final where they will face Sydney next week.

Brooks (4/11) and Sarkies (4/22) led the way as the Dolphins restricted Sydney to just 58, at one stage Sydney were 6/14 and they never recovered against a relentless Dolphins attack.

Despite only chasing 58, there was still plenty time in the game, two quick wickets had the Dolphins trouble at 2/15 but Sam Pointer (27) survived Sydney’s early onslaught to get Easts into a winning position.

Sam Reading then consolidated with an unbeaten 39 which stretched into the second day when rain arrived. Easts reached 5-110 when Sydney agreed to end the match.

Fifth Grade also produced a disciplined performance to give captain George Black his first taste of a Grand Final.

Easts batted all 108 overs on day one to reach 9-209 and ended up being dismissed for 218 on day two after absorbing another 10 overs. Harry White made an unbeated 62, while Andy Coles scored 61.

In response, Steve Lewis (5-41) and Zaeem Tapia (4-22) ripped through Parramatta's batting order, dismissing them for 95.

Easts were asked to bat again, with Coles making his second half-century for the match as the Dolphins reached 1-72 when the match ended.

Easts will face Campbelltown-Camden in the Grand Final.

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