ESCC Kick's off Summer in Style with Urban Winery Sydney06-Dec-2019 On Sunday the 1st of December, Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club held their annual Ladies Day as well as Back to Waverley Oval Day to kick off the summer of cricket.
With games against both North Sydney and old foes Randwick-Petersham scheduled for the day, the Dolphins required victory in one of the games to progress to the semi-finals of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup.
With a bit of cloud cover hovering over the coast, Dolphins captain Jack Preddey won the toss and elected to field first.
However, this decision would not be vindicated, with Bears openers Tom Jagot and Justin Avendano getting off to a fast start, with Avendano in particular giving the Dolphins bowlers some grief with an enormous six over the O'Sullivan Horsell grandstand.
Avendano would eventually lose his wicket, registering 61 off 33 with North Sydney sitting comfortably on 105 after 11 overs, with Will Simpson taking a good catch in the deep off Jack Preddey's bowling. Sadly, for Easts, Avendano's dismissal would bring no reprieve, with the fall of his wicket bringing the broad-shouldered Oliver Knight to the crease.
Knight would go onto plunder boundaries to all ends of the ground, scoring an unforgiving 82 off only 32 balls to lead North Sydney to an imposing total of 225, with some support from opening batsman Tom Jagot who finished the innings 69 not out.
Coming off a rampaging 123 not out the week before, Tim Armstrong gave the Dolphins some hope, scoring 60 off only 21 balls, endangering all onlookers and passers-by, but his run out in the fourth over seemed to spell the end of any hopes Easts had of pulling out a miraculous victory, with only Jamie Smith and Udit Mehta registering double-figure scores in the remainder of the innings.
While the Dolphins lost convincingly by 62 runs, the boys' tails were up for the afternoon with the arrival of the old boys and the patrons of Ladies Day.
With the second game brought a change in uniform for the Dolphins. While previously they had been rocking a light blue shirt with red, navy and yellow stripes in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Waverley DCC, now Eastern Suburbs CC, the Dolphins would wear a flashy pink number to celebrate Ladies Day.
While the cricket was similarly disappointing, with local rivals Randwick-Petersham going onto record a 48-run victory and as a result knock Easts out of contention for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup semi-finals, the social side of things was a resounding success for the club.
The grassy knoll overlooking Waverley Oval and the clubroom, The Tank, was brimming with all in attendance enjoying some big hitting from both sides, in particular from Randwick-Petersham's Kent CCC English import Daniel Bell-Drummond.
With the Urban Winery Sydney's collection of A.Retief wines flowing and music playing, the legion of Easts players not needed on the day took particular joy from any playing of the Ghostbusters theme tune following a Tim Armstrong boundary or providing their own rendition of the chorus of Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses following Angus Robson’s arrival at the crease.
As the match descended into the periphery, with only Dolphins skipper Jack Preddey providing any rear-guard action with a fighting 54 off 33, all parties began to co-mingle in the tank over food and beverages, in what is sure to go down as one of the events of the summer for Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club.
The Dolphins will look to continue their fast start to the season and consolidate their spot atop of the ladder in both First and Second Grade in the second day of our fixture against St George this Saturday the 7th of December.
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