Easts Dolphins raid the Bumble Bees Hive

09-Feb-2017 First Grade
In a Saturday-Sunday two day fixture over the weekend, Easts came harrowingly close to victory but we're pipped at the post by long term rival UNSW. Easts won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Sam Robson and Adam Ezekiel started the innings off impressively, scoring 65 and 56 respectively in a 108 run opening stand. From here the momentum started to shift towards the opposition despite resistance from a gutsy captain's knock from Greg Clarence, scoring 45 as the lower order failed to contribute in the search for quick runs in the last session. On a ground with a sluggish outfield the Dolphins were eventually bowled out for a somewhat respectable score of 241 runs. With two overs to go in the day Easts took the prize scalp of David Dawson making the honors even at the end of the first day.

On day two, Easts set out hopeful, looking to capture six points and gain some momentum in their run for the finals. On a hot day, no team really wrestled the initiative leaving the match constantly in the balance and with a high chance a result wouldn’t be known until the final half hour. With 136 runs still required at tea with 5 wickets in hand and then at drinks at 8/184, Eastern Suburbs looked in control, but a resilient innings from the UNSW captain guided the Bumble bees home to a two wicket victory. Daniel Magin was the standout performer, taking an impressive four wickets in the relentless heat, while all other bowlers chipped in with a wicket each. With three rounds to go Easts will need to win all three remaining matches to have a chance of making the finals. 

Seconds Grade:
 It was a close game this week that saw Easts get the spoils against against fierce rivals UNSW. The Dolphins shared the runs between teammates, with opener Sam Smyth getting 19, followed by Peter Lazarus who scored 36 off just 43 balls. Further down the order Will Simpson and Matthew Sarkies made crucial runs, achieving 35 and 38 respectively. The two came together with Easts in trouble at 6/113. It was especially significant for Simpson as it was his first 2nd grade game. Their efforts paid off, pushing the Dolphins to 207 all out.
 
When the Bumble Bees came into bat, the came continued to ebb and flow with neither team grabbing the ascendancy. Jacob Taucher as usual did not disappoint, taking an incredible four wickets off 9.1 overs. John Anderson also impressed, taking three wickets off ten overs as he closed out the back end of the UNSW innings. At 5/162 UNSW looked set to chase the remaining 45 runs down, but panic set into their chase and the experienced bowling pair of Taucher and Andersen got Easts home and UNSW were bowled out for 188. Like First Grade, Second Grade will need a minimum 18 points from the remaining three rounds.  
 
Third Grade:
Third Grade registered its third win on the bounce by accounting for a side above them on the ladder. Easts lost the toss and UNSW elected to bat and despite a quick start never really looked like registering a big score as Easts bowlers controlled the run rate throughout the innings. Captain Angus Palmer returned 4/21 while part timer Alex Tunnadine took 3/36 and spinner Andy Yaxley 3/24, rounded off the back end of the UNSW innings as the Bumblee bees were bundled out for 154 on a flat wicket with short boundaries.

At 0/60 Easts put their foot down in search of a valuable bonus point. But after losing 4 for 15 and needing over 10 an over for the extra point the Dolphins decided to settle for the more conservative approach of chasing the six points. Scores were spread around with Alex Tunnadine rounding off a good all round game with 32, while Mike Jones 31, James Deacon 29 and Will Lawrance 28no contributing to Easts successful chase
 
Fourth Grade 
Easts accounted for the lower ranked UNSW at Trumper to finally snaffle back a top six spot. Batting first Easts got off to a sound start but quickly found themselves in trouble at 6/97 after losing 3/0. Continuing on his lower grade form number seven Kirk Rimmer compiled 52, along with 39 from opener Patrick Turk as Easts posted 9/184.
 
Easts went about dismantling the UNSW innings with ease, and despite the bumblebee tail adding some respectability to the score the Dolphins moved forward with acquiring six points. David Dunn was the chief destroyer again amongst the wickets as he took 5/25, as all other bowlers chipped in with a wicket each.
 
 
Fifth Grade

It was an easy victory for the Dolphins this week, due to the Dolphins consistent batting and clinical display in the field. UNSW won the toss and opted for Easts to bat first on a damp wicket at David Phillips North. Runs were shared around the team, with opener Vedant Agrawal scoring 26. Jack Fagan was a standout, getting 47, which included four boundaries. Further down the order Harry White scored an admirable 36 which included two boundaries and two 6's. This pushed the Dolphins through to 9/210.
 
In the afternoon, the Dolphins went about their business without real threat, with Archie Dunning and Jackson Coutts taking three wickets each. Nikshep Mikayla also captured two wickets for 28 runs. East's dominance saw UNSW all out for just 127, meaning a strong win for the Dolphins this week. 
 
Metro Cup

 Easts are going from strength to strength this season in the Metro Cup, notching yet another win against strong rivalists, Mosman. Mosman won the toss and decided to bat first. Opening bowler Charlie Smyth took an impressive three wickets off ten overs. He was followed by James Hooke who captured two wickets off nine overs from just 19 runs. Shreyan Deshpande also took two wickets later in the early afternoon, off a swift 8 overs.
 
In the afternoon, Easts went in confident, but knew they had to beat Mosman's strong score of eight for 240. Yianni Theodorakopoulos was the team standout, getting 93. Darcy Matthews also made a great contribution, scoring 45, including four 4's. Easts eventually chased the total down with four wickets still in hand. The Dolphins now sit at third on the ladder, with a finals finish looking likely.

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