Round 8 leading into the Christmas break


In First Grade a below par batting performance has seen Easts Dolphins drop their first one day game of the season as Wests cruised to a seven wicket win at Pratten Park.

The usually reliable Easts batting line-up looked set to kick into gear once again, racing to 1-66 after the first 10 overs with Ian Moran and Angus Robson at the crease.

The duo took the score past three figures but when Robson fell for 33, Wests turned the screws - dismissing Moran for 58 and locking up the middle order.
This brought about the on-set of further wickets falling and after 37 overs, Easts were 6-169. Captain Greg Clarence tried to hold the ship together but when he fell for 45, the Dolphins were always going to be under par and were restricted to 9-208.

In reply, the Magpies got a lightning start sensing the best time to bat was against the new ball. Spinners Will Somerville (0-30 off 10) and Jack Preddey (3-42 off 10) generated some pressure but the run chase was rarely in doubt as Wests surpassed the target in the 41st over.

Easts have dropped to 4th spot on the Belvidere Cup and 5th on the Limited Overs Cup ladder.

Second Grade notched up a much needed win at Waverley Oval against Wests to keep their season alive. Batting first the Magpies scored a below par 171 after they had a platform to build a solid score at 2/91. Bruno Broughton was the main wicket taker as he claimed 4/40 as his left arm orthos' restricted the visitors through the middle overs. Jono Smith (2/22) didn't give much away while Matt Sarkies also claimed 2/36 as Wests lost their last five wickets for 28 runs.

In reply Easts lost a couple of early wickets as they failed to grab the ascendancy. But a 65 run fourth wicket partnership between Sam Smyth (68) and Andy Coles (35) helped wrestle the match into the Dolphins favour. But when they both departed, nerves set in as Easts fell to 6/138 giving Wests a sniff, but Ollie Maxwell and Rueben Taucher helped guide the Dolphins home with four overs remaining and three wickets in hand.

Second Grade go into Xmas in 14th position, equal on points with 12th spot and eight points outside the top six.

Third Grade made no mistake after their disappointing loss last round accounting for Wests by 135 runs at Blick Oval. Losing the toss Easts were sent in on a track that offered the seamers something early on, and despite a quick start thanks to Mark Morley (44) and Darcy Matthews (36), Easts quickly found themselves five down with 26 overs still remaining. But an 80 run seventh wicket partnership between Udit Mehta (62) and Harry Brooks (47) provided Easts with what they needed to finish at 9/253.

The Dolphins got off to the perfect start with Angus Palmer taking 4/28 and quickly reducing the Magpies to 5/50. In search of a bonus point Campbell Pert (3/29) and Mark Morley (2/13) finished the second half of the innings off as Wests were bowled out for 117 in only 28 overs.

Third Grade have moved back into the top six and occupy 5th spot.

In Fourth Grade, Easts missed a golden opportunity to head into Xmas with a win losing by three wickets after getting into prominent position. Sent in, Easts battled hard in tough early conditions with Terry Mystakas making 68. 18-year-old Finnbar Stenmark cashed in at the end to smash a quick fire 46 to lift Easts to 208.

In reply, the Dolphins picked up regular wickets to reduce Wests to 7-118, with the Magpies needing 90 off the last 13 overs. But that was the last wicket Easts would take as a rearguard action stole the points away.

In Fifth Grade, a four-wicket haul to teenage leg-spinner Mitchell Scibberas paved the way for an easy win. Scibberas took 4-9 off five overs to help dismiss Wests for just 78.

In reply, Easts lost a couple of early wickets but cruised to a bonus point win by seven wickets with Vedant Agrawal finishing 35 not out to go with his 2/19.

Sixth Grade had a tense win at Waverley against UNSW. The Bumblee bees constructed an innings of 8/231 as Nathan Moxey took 3/26 to restrict the visitors.

In reply Easts got off to a great start and at 2/189 the result looked a formality, but a middle order collapse triggered some panic as main stays Alex van Vugt (81) and Josh James (73) were dismissed in quick succession. Needing 12 runs off the last three overs with two wickets in hand Nathan Moxey and Ben Revai helped guide Easts home. The dolphins passed the required score with two balls remaining.

The win secures 4th spot on the ladder heading into Xmas.

Green Shield have had two rounds against Manly at Waverley last Thursday and yesterday against UNSW. A heartbreaking two run loss against Manly was rectified by a 28 run win against UNSW.

In the first match Easts attempted to chase Manly's 209 and at 8/158 looked out of the game, but some smart tail end batting which revolved around Jack Allen got Easts within a sniff before Allen was dismissed to a dubious lbw decision which hit the Dolphins batsman in the hip.

The UNSW match was headlined again by Jack Allen and speedster Campbell Pert who shot the UNSW tail out in defending Easts 9/167 at David Phillips South. Pert took 5/18 while Allen returned 3/18.

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