Third Grade beaten by Manly in Grand Final

07-Apr-2015

Third Grade were beaten by Manly in the Grand Final in a match that was anything but straight-forward after the opening day was washed out.

Crucially, Easts lost their top ranking in the first round of the finals and in the 86 over match needed to force a result.

The Dolphins were sent in after some deliberation over whether the pitch was safe enough for play and needed quick runs. 

While wickets fell regularly around him, Ben Bryant made 62 to ensure Easts made a defendable target of 111 when they were bowled out in the 35th over.

That left 51 overs to take 10 wickets and on the first ball Easts had their first through Jack Playfair. 

And the match was in the balance when Manly were 4-21. That then became 5-49 and 6-83 with Jack Playfair’s 4-43 keeping the Dolphins alive.

But Manly’s lower-order were cool under pressure and their 14-year-old wicket-keeper Aiden Bariol made 23 not out to see his side home.

Captain Angus Palmer (2-18) left frustrated that his team had come so close. 

"It's unfortunate when weather and conditions play such a crucial part in the outcome of a season deciding match," Palmer said.

"It's been a great season for 3's to win a minor premiership, have only one loss in the regular season and a make a grand final."

"A number of players who have been with me this season have improved dramatically and that in turn has been one of the factors why we have been successful this season."



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