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  • First Grade remain unbeaten after trouncing UNSW 08-Oct-2017

    Easts Dolphins captain Greg Clarence says the injection of youth has brought about significant improvement for season 2017-18 after his side completed a first innings demolition job of UNSW.

    Resuming on 0-105 in reply to UNSW's first innings score of 169, the Dolphins surpassed the mark for the loss only Peter Lazarus for 60.

    Adam Ezekiel (95) fell just five runs short of a deserved century as Easts batted on to make 2-236 before declaring for another crack at the bumblebees. The match was then called off at tea with UNSW 0-69 in their second innings.

    In the first two rounds of the competition, Easts have lost only four wickets and scored 513 runs with Ian Moran yet to be dismissed this season after compiling an unbeaten 49 to back up his round one century.

    But it was the performance with the ball on day one that had Clarence most excited about his team's prospects for the season.

    "In the past we haven’t been bowling teams out so to bowl UNSW out for 169 on a flat deck was really good and not something we've done for a while," Clarence said. 

    "We’ve got a really good mix of senior guys and young guys and the young players have started really well."

    "Left arm quick, George Furrer (19) has been really good against his old club round one and continued it this game with 2-13 has never missed his length."

    "Our batting has never been a problem, but we need to bowl teams out when the wickets are flat and we've got more variety and some exciting new talent in our attack this year."

    Easts are one of six teams unbeaten to start the season and next take on Hawkesbury, who are still yet to claim their first win.

    Second Grade came off second best in batter friendly conditions at David Phillips South. Winning the toss Easts elected to bat on day one with Sam Smyth contributing 54 up front, but a middle order collapse left the Dolphins reeling at 6/113 before Will Lawrence came to the wicket. Lawrence blasted 12 boundaries and two sixes on his way to 118 in his debut Second Grade match for Easts. He was ably supported by Tas Yazdani who contributed 46. Easts were eventually bowled out for a respectable 328 right on stumps.
     
    Day two started well with two early wickets, but from here the Bees compiled a 220 run third wicket partnership as the Dolphins searched fruitlessly for a break through. UNSW passed the total with seven wickets in hand and five overs to spare. That leaves Easts with two losses and will place a large emphasis on attaining six points when the play at home to the Hawks next round.
     
    Third Grade got their season going with a 72 run win at Snape Park. Batting on day one the Dolphins compiled a handy 9/297 which was built around English import Bruno Broughton 97 and Udit Mehta 72. Easts declared just before stumps.
     
    Day two was an eventful day as the Bees looked to chase down the Dolphins respectful total and at 3/190 things looked ominous for Easts. With the game slipping away and some inconsistent performances from the Dolphins bowlers captain Morley bought himself in to the attack with his part time seamers and straight away made an impact picking up two wickets in his first two overs. He combined with Harry Brooks who took the bowling honours with a match winning 5/48 while Morley finished with 4/13 off just five overs.  
     
    Fourth Grade arrived at David Phillips North to see a very flat wicket and after winning the toss had no hesitation in batting first. Unfortunately for the Dolphins no batsmen capitalised and registered a significant score as most batsmen were caught in front of the wicket. Terry Mystakas top scored with 41 as Easts were bowled out for 213. Things didn’t improve either as the Bees went to stumps 0/37.
     
    At 0/65 UNSW were in the box seat but Rueben Taucher 3/33 and Tim Brown 3/41 combined to bowl a significant amount of overs either side of tea to bring the game back in favour of Easts. As the match closed in on time, the required run rate started to rise and in doing so the Dolphins kept picking up wickets. Easts eventually winning well in a come from behind victory to get up by 68 runs and get their season going.
     
    Fifth Grade put in a whole hearted performance on a used wicket at Snape on back to back Sundays. UNSW won the toss and elected to bat compiling a competitive 9/264 as the Bees lower order capitalised in the last hour of play. Captain Luke Course was gallant in his efforts returning 4/31 while Dan Donato chipped in with 2/35.
     
    On effectively a fourth day wicket on day two, Easts made a fist of the chase. Youngster Sam Greenland compiled a well-made 68 and combined with Lawrence Daniel 52 to bring the game back into the balance. With overs running out and the required run rate starting to rise, the Dolphins needed to take risks as two run outs were affected. Easts were eventually bowled out for 227.
     
    Sixth Grade played two one day matches over the preceding two weekends with a comprehensive seven wicket victory over Sydney Uni at Waverley over the long weekend. Sydney Uni crawled to 7/178 as the wickets were shared around. In reply Easts never looked flustered posting a 123 run opening stand dictated by Freddie Walton 67 and Oliver Ruse 53. Easts passed the total with four overs to spare to make it two from two for the season.
     
    On Sunday a disappointing abandoned match resulted after the wicket at Alexandria Park was not prepared. This match against UNSW will be considered to be replayed before the regular season is complete.
     
    To wrap up the weekend Easts PGs played a T20 double header against Parramatta at Waverley. Unfortunately neither match was fruitful losing the first encounter by 43 runs and the second by seven wickets. Will Simpson and Baxter Holt tried hard both contributing 44 in each match. PG’s next play in another T20 double header against Mosman at Alan Border Oval November 5.




  • Somerville and Ezekiel lead charge for Dolphins on day one 02-Oct-2017

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    A dominant display with bat and ball on day one from Easts Dolphins has put them in command of their round two fixture against UNSW at Waverley Oval.

    Missing four NSW players that played a part in their opening round win, their absence didn't result in a decline in quality of performance.

    After being forced to field first, Easts dismissed the Bumblebees for 169 just after the tea break and by stumps, the Dolphins had raced to 0-102.

    It was the 30 minutes before lunch that proved decisive, where the Bees fell from 1-50 to 5-74 including the loss of their skipper David Dawson to 18-year-old debutant Jason Ralston (1-32).

    The Bees held up Easts briefly with a 47-run 9th wicket partnership, but opening bowler Sam Doggett returned on swiftly finished off the tail and finished with figures of 3-42.

    Will Somerville was the pick of the bowlers for the Dolphins, with the off-spinner taking 4-58 from 24 overs.

    Promising 19-year-old left arm quick George Furrer also continued his impressive start taking 2-13 off a miserly 10 overs.

    In reply it was Adam Ezekiel (64*) and Peter Lazarus (36*) who ensured the bowlers efforts did not go to waste as they put the Dolphins in prime position to take first innings points on day two.

  • Easts kick-off the season with win over Northern Districts 25-Sep-2017

    Easts Dolphins made the most of a full strength line-up to open the Premier Cricket season with an impressive eight-wicket win over Northern Districts at Mark Taylor Oval.

    The Dolphins had no less than five NSW Blues players, with Peter Nevill, Nic Maddinson, Will Sommerville, Harry Conway and Henry Thornton all available for the one-day clash ahead of their commitments in the upcoming JLT Cup.

    Set an imposing target of 277 to win in 50 overs it was former Sydney Sixers player Ian Moran who upstaged them all, smashing an unbeaten 113 off 94 balls as the Dolphins eased past the target with five overs to spare.

    On a day where bat dominated ball, it was the contributions of Sommerville (0-25 off 10) and Conway (0-41 off 10) that made the difference, as they helped put the breaks on Northern Districts who at one stage looked set to post over 300.

    As it proved, off-spinner Sommerville out-bowled Australia's Test spinner Nathan Lyon, who took some early punishment from Blues teammate Nic Maddinson in his figures of 0-49 off ten overs.

    Maddinson's early onslaught of 49 off 39 balls helped take the required run-rate sting out of the chase, with his opening parter Nevill a more than steady hand at the other end in a 83-run opening stand.

    But Moran simply picked up where Maddinson left off, smashing 13 boundaries and a six as he shared in 50-plus partnerships with Nevill (62) and captain Greg Clarence (38*).

    The Dolphins next face UNSW at Waverley Oval, but will be without the services of Nevill, Maddinson and Conway who have been selected in NSW's JLT Cup squad. 

    In Second Grade, half centuries to 18-year-old Will Simpson (57) and Peter Lazarus (51) were two of few highlights for the Dolphins as NDs cruised to a 91-run win. On a slow Waverley wicket, the Rangers posted 6-254 with Jonathan Smith the pick of the bowlers with 2-36. In reply, the Easts chase never got into gear as they were dismissed for 163.

    Half-centuries to the Coles brothers were the only bright spots in Third and Fourth Grade. Andy made 57 out of 3rd's 150, while Matt made 59 in 4th's 4-211. In both Grades however Northern Districts were too good with the bat, winning by eight and nine wickets respectively.

    Perhaps the story of the day came in Fifth Grade, with 15-year-old Joel Canceri smashing 82 off 66 balls to help the Dolphins to a four-wicket win. Jackson Coutts (3-20) had helped dismiss ND's for 150 and the Dolphins managed to recover from 5-70 thanks to Caneri to seal a round one win.

    In Sixth Grade, an unbeaten 72 from Mitchell Clayton helped Easts chase down a tricky target of 175 against Mosman by five wickets.

  • in2CRICKET Cancelled - 25 Feb 25-Feb-2017

    We are sorry to announce in2CRICKET and the T20 Blast at Rowland has been cancelled today due to the wet weather.



  • Dolphins, Panthers & Rain - Easts pick up the win in 3 out of 5. 24-Feb-2017

    First grade: 

    The Dolphins secured a crucial win against Penrith on Saturday at Waverley Oval to keep their season alive. Penrith won the toss and sent Easts into bat. Opener Adam Ezekiel started off the day in fine and confident form, scoring 48. His collaboration with renowned wicket keeper, Peter Nevill, was something to witness, who notched up an impressive 90 off 101 balls, including four 4's. It appeared the Dolphins were on a roll, with Sam Robson also contributing a crucial 70, including three 6's. Easts had produced the highly competitive total of 6 for 261 off their allotted 50 overs. 


    Penrith's reply didn't start off well as the Dolphins looked to turn the screws. Ian Moran picked up an early wicket while Daniel Magin continued his fine season form taking three top order wickets as the Panthers were left reeling at 6/101 when the rain arrived. By this stage under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations, Easts were clearly in front should they not get back on, but the eastern suburbs didn't see the same heavy rain the rest of Sydney saw and play was able to resume after 90 minutes of play was lost. With a revised total of 256 required off 45 overs, Penrith used the break to regroup and set about chasing the total down with intent. With 15 runs required off the last over and only one wicket in hand, Penrith came within a solitary run of pulling off a remarkable comeback as the Dolphins prevailed to keep their season alive with two rounds to go until the finals.

    Second Grade: 

    Penrith won the toss and opted to bat at Howell Oval. Easts bowled well in parts of the innings, with Jacob Taucher taking two wickets in his allotted ten overs. Further into the day John Anderson and Matthew Sarkies both captured three wickets in their ten overs as they controlled the Penrith run rate in the middle overs, and turned the match after Penrith looked set to produce at decent total as they moved to 1/118. The Panthers eventually finished at 9/184 with Sarkies 3/25 and Andersen 3/18 being the pick of the bowlers.


    As the Dolphins came into bat, the weather took a turn, leaving the team with a very limited time to deliver and the chance Duckworth-Lewis calculations would come into play. Opener Sam Smyth managed to get 25 off 53 balls, while Peter Lazarus was left 11 not out as heavy rain and lightning moved towards the ground. The covers were put down and play was suspended. As heavy rain lashed the ground, it resulted in no more play being possible as the outfield became a quagmire.  With Easts 1/43 and four runs ahead of the required run rate it ensured a crucial six points for the Dolphins as they push for the finals.

    Third Grade: 


    Third Grade registered their fourth win in a row against third placed Penrith at Trumper. Losing the toss, the Panthers elected to bat and got off to a steady start. The Penrith innings ebbed and flowed and every time a threatening partnership loomed, Easts bowlers were able to either peg back the run rate or take a crucial wicket. The back end of the Penrith innings crumbled losing its last four wickets for nine runs. Harry Brooks took 3/30 off seven overs, while two other bowlers strangled the Panthers going for less than 20 runs off their 10 overs in a strong display in the field. Penrith eventually being bowled out for 159.
     
    The momentum didn’t continue at the start of the Dolphins innings and they looked in trouble early at 3/8 as the run rate crawled. Andy Coles and Udit Mehta went about a resurrection, but Mehta fell not long before the rain intervened with Easts 4/63. 15 overs in total were lost due to the break. With a run rate adjustment as opposed to Duckworth-Lewis in lower grades, it meant the Dolphins required a further 49 runs off the remaining 10 overs of play, still with six wickets in hand. Easts knocked the total off with ease only losing one further wicket as they finished the 35th over at 5/123. Third Grade has now only lost one match since round six and is building some good momentum with the hope of jagging a finals spot.

    Fourth Grade: 

    The Fourth Grade fixture at Bill Ball Due ended in a draw with not enough overs being bowled to constitute a result. Penrith won the toss and elected to bat, ending up all out for 159. Steve Lewis was the standout bowler, taking three wickets in 7.2 overs. Patrick Turk also bowled well taking 3/24, while Will Lawrance also captured three impressive wickets. 


    In the early afternoon Easts looked steady, with Patrick Turk and Reuben Taucher at 2 for 35, when the match was interrupted by rain and lightning after 12 overs. After the storm passed the run ups and outfield didn’t with stand the elements and the match was abandoned. Eastern Suburbs still remain in a strong position for the finals and victory in the final two matches should ensure a finals berth. 


    Fifth Grade: 

    This week Fifth Grade played in Snape Park against strong opponent, Penrith, who sit fifth on the ladder. Easts hoped to climb the leader board from their 17th spot this week. Penrith posted 167 being bowled out in the 47th over. Easts set about their chase in the afternoon but lost regular wickets in a rain affected and over reduced match and never looked like building any partnerships to chase the revised total finishing at 6/72 as Penrith took home the six points. 


    Metro Cup: 


    Easts remain in strong position at number three on the ladder after this week’s draw against Blacktown at Whalan. Easts started off the day in strong batting position. At number two in the order, Thomas Fedorow scored an impressive 84, which included four 4’s. The team batted fairly consistently, where further down the order, James Dunne hit 36, followed by Darcy Matthews 31 and James Hooke 35 who batted through the middle and latter overs. Easts compiled 8/257 off their allotted overs. 


    The afternoon storms arrived during the lunch break and resulted in the match being abandoned as the ground became unfit for play. Easts square off again against local rivals Randwick-Petersham at Kensington Oval as they look to cement a finals berth. 


  • Easts Sporting Legends Lunch - Friday March 3rd 2017 21-Feb-2017

  • A Chip Off The Old Block(s) – Sydney Grade Cricket & the Gallop Family 09-Feb-2017



    Last Saturday the Eastern Suburbs encounter with local rivals UNSW bought together three generations of Sydney First Grade cricketing family lineage at Waverley Oval. Tom Gallop, his father David and Grandfather John between them have ties and history with both these famous Clubs.

     

    The Management Committee of Eastern Suburbs had the pleasure of presenting John Gallop AM QC RFD with his Easts First Grade cricket cap (#313). John played at the Club for the period 1948-1957. Aside from playing 1st Grade, John was also an integral member of the Club's 2nd Grade back to back premierships in the 1951/52 and 1952/53 seasons. John moved to Canberra in the 1960's to pursue an illustrious and distinguished legal career and in his time was the Justice of the ACT and NT Supreme Courts. John also represented NSW Country cricket and was selected to play in the Prime Ministers XI against South Africa in 1964.

     

    Post his playing days, John became the Chairman of the ACT Cricket Association, a position he held for 28 years. The ACT Grade One Day Cricket competition is known as the John Gallop Cup.

     

    John's grandson Tom and son David were in attendance at John's First Grade cap presentation.

     

    David, who is currently better known for his role as CEO of Football Federation Australia, was also a former Sydney First Grade cricketer. After growing up in Canberra and representing ACT U19’s, David moved to Sydney to work for a legal firm, where he also played for UNSW between 1984 and 1995 and opened the bowling with Geoff Lawson, which was generally done into the wind. It was while he was playing at UNSW where he became connected with John Ribot and Rugby League, whereby going on to become the NRL CEO for ten years.

     

    Grandson Tom is currently Club Captain and playing Second Grade at Easts, also played at UNSW in his younger years. Since leaving the Bumbleebees in 2013, Tom has experienced First Grade at the Dolphins and has attained the First Grade number #683 to go with his Grandfather’s number in a long list which includes a number of Australian and NSW representatives dating back to the Clubs establishment in 1894. Tom like his father and grandfather is pursuing a career in the legal world while balancing the demands and enjoyment of what Sydney Grade Cricket offers.

     

  • 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.

  • Easts raid the Bumble Bees hive, win for 4 out of 5 grades 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 honours 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.

  • The Hawks show their talons 03-Feb-2017

    First Grade
    On day one of the round 11 clash with Hawkesbury, Easts settled into a long day in the field after losing the toss. Wickets were shared around by most of the Dolphins, with Daniel Magin as usual not disappointing, taking three wickets off his 23 overs. Jack Remond and Sam Robson both secured two wickets from 71 runs alike, while Jonte Pattison also picked up two wickets off 11 overs. Hawkesbury batted through to an impressive score of 396 losing their last wicket right on stumps.

    With the addition of Peter Nevill on day two after he had recovered from his freak BBL accident, it bought some excitement and hope to the Dolphins run chase.


    Alas, it was not the case and Easts never found themselves in a situation where they could realistically set themselves up for the chase. The home team unfortunately wasn’t on the right side of the conditions as the Waverley wicket crumbled very early in the day making batting difficult and more revolved around survival than the attack that was required to chase down the Hawks large total.

    Efforts were spread amongst the team, with most batsmen achieving respectable scores. Sam Robson top scored with an impressive 54, including seven 4’s. He was supported by Ian Moran and Simon Chu who scored 21 and 34, respectively. Jonte Pattison continued with his improving form, compiling 41 in the middle order. Easts were finally bowled out for 225. Easts remain on the cusp of the top six with four rounds remaining.

    Second Grade

    In what was a close two-day game, the Dolphins were narrowly defeated by a strong Hawkesbury team. Easts fielded on day one and had two impressive standout bowlers. Jacob Taucher took four wickets off his 18 overs. Udit Mehta followed suit, capturing another four wickets in just over 28 overs. Hawkesbury finished day one with a solid 308.

    On day two the Dolphins chase looked set up to chase down the Hawks total with Sam Smyth hitting an impressive 60 opening up. The rest of the runs were shared around the team, with notable mentions going to Mark Morley and Thomas Gallop who scored 44 and 53 respectively. With a handful of starts from the Dolphins batsmen, none were able to capitalize and build a match winning knock with Easts eventually being bowled out for 265. Unfortunately, it was not sure enough to secure a win, but hopefully the same will not be said against their second placed UNSW opponents next week as Second Grade will be relying on acquiring six points to keep their season alive.

    Third Grade


    In a match that ebbed and flowed for two days Third Grade came out victors by 7 runs, keeping their season alive. Batting on day 1 with a long outfield at Trumper Oval the Dolphins battled through to 6/155 at stumps. Contributions came from Prinya Kham 31 and Will Simpson 36 who grafted scores which didn’t indicate their value.

    On day two the outfield was cut to a normal length and the Dolphins batted on searching for quick runs, eventually being bowled out for 192 with Will Lawrance compiling a valuable 49. At tea the Hawks were 6/100 with the Dolphins slightly in front, but a threatening seventh wicket partnership in the post tea session put the Hawks within 28 runs of victory when the partnership was finally broken. Two further wickets then fell in one over and the Hawks needed 15 runs with one wicket in hand. In an exciting finish, a mix up between the last batsmen eventuated in an easy run out to get the Dolphins home. Captain Angus Palmer claimed 5/51 and Andy Yaxley 2/43.

    Fourth Grade:

    Fourth Grade accounted for a young Hawks side, taking home another win, and despite still being outside the top six, Fourth Grade are still within reach of a top four finish on the ladder with a congested table. Early in the innings the Hawks had Easts reeling at 3/33 but Jono Bank was able to steady the ship scoring a gutsy 48 in his return from injury. After another middle order collapse had the Dolphins reeling at 6/84. Enter Kirk Rimmer who continued his stellar season scoring 87 not out with some lower order support. The Dolphins were able to amass a respectable total of 236 and gave their bowlers something to bowl at.

    Day two saw Easts slow bowlers thrive taking 9 wickets. Clinical bowling from Tim Brown 4/57 and David ‘the milk bottle’ Dunne 3/14 saw the Dolphins bowl Hawkesbury out for 180. They were assisted by Patrick Turk who got 2/20.

    Fifth Grade

    Unfortunately, Fifth Grade lost in another low scoring game. Easts were able to bowl Hawkesbury out for 124. Wickets were shared around between the Dolphins bowlers with Luke Course getting 3 and Jackson Coutts, Steve Towers and Mitch Clayton all snaring 2 respectively. Unfortunately batting again let the dolphins down being bowled out for 84. Vedant Agrawal was the only Easts batsman to show some resolve getting a gutsy 36 off 155 balls. The Dolphins are looking to bounce back against the Bumbleebees in helping push for a mid table finish.

    Sixth Grade

    It was a top of the table clash in this rounds Metropolitan Cup with the Dolphins taking on Gordon. Easts were bowled out in the first innings for 106. Jack Fyfe and Nathan Moxey were the main contributors scoring 27 and 20. In a close finish, Gordon were able to just pass East’s score being bowled out for 108. The standout bowler was Nicholas Cooper who was able to snare 4 wickets. East’s were not able to hold back the Stags charge and unfortunately succumbed to an outright loss.

  • Easts wobble against the Warriors 18-Jan-2017

    First Grade:

    This week the Dolphins posted 228 against Blacktown in a two day fixture over Saturday and Sunday at Joe McAleer Oval. However, unfortunately it was not quite enough to secure a win in round ten of NSW Premier Cricket, with Blacktown passing the total five wickets down. Easts didn’t start the game well after being sent in and were reeling at 3-17. It was the middle order who steadied the ship. Ian Moran got 33, who was supported by Jonte Pattison who scored 28. Top scorer of the day however went to Greg Clarence who piled on 63 runs with 11 boundaries. Contributions down the order came from Mark Morley and Will Sommerville both scoring 27.

    Easts put in a strong bowling effort as the conditions became better for batting. Ian Moran captured two wickets off 13 overs, as did Jack Remond who took two wickets off six overs in his First Grade debut. Unfortunately even with their healthy score of 228, Easts could not take home a win and despite this being their first loss since round two, they have dropped out of the top six.

    Second Grade:

    Second Grade has won two on the bounce since Xmas winning yet another game, this week beating Blacktown at Waverley Oval. Easts fielded first with Matthew Sarkies and Adam Ezekiel both taking two wickets off their ten overs, leaving Blacktown eight for 206 at the end of their innings. When Easts replied, in the afternoon session, Sam Smyth batted through the innings to compile a well made 88 not out. Another impressive standout was Adam Ezekiel scoring 91 as the chase was predominantly revolved around these two individuals. This led the Dolphins to a solid win, and a top 6 spot is within site should they continue to string together more wins over the coming rounds.

    Third Grade:

    In Third Grade, James Deacon led the way with his maiden grade century plundering the Blacktown attack at Jim Hanshaw Oval on his way to 127. On a big ground with a slow outfield a majority of his runs were scored running between the wickets in 35+ degree heat. He was well supported by Andy Coles 38 and Alex Tunnadine 29 as Easts posted 9/248.

    In reply after 17 overs Blacktown were well placed at 2-75, but when spinners Andy Yaxley 3-23 and Sam McNiel 4-14 came on, the Blacktown innings fell apart. Yaxley took the last wicket for 147 and in doing so Easts snuck in by 1 run in acquiring a well earnt bonus point. If Easts are to continue this type of form over the coming rounds a finals berth is not out of the question.


    Fourth Grade:


    Unfortunately, this week Fourth Grade could not manage to take home a win at Trumper Park in this testing game against Blacktown. There were some standout players however, including David Dunne who captured an incredible four wickets off ten overs. Matt Coles also made a notable contribution taking two wickets. Blacktown’s formidable score of 282 proved too much for the Dolphins, even though the Dolphin’s batsmen put in a robust effort. Terry Mystakas hit 46, followed by Michael Quinn who scored 30. The tail wagged with Archie Dunning and David Dunne making 37 and 28, respectively, pushing Easts to 193 when they were bowled out. The Dolphins drop out of the top 6 for now, but with a congested table, a win in the coming round should hopefully propel them back up the ladder.


    Fifth Grade:

    It was a heart breaking loss at Whalan Oval, for Fifth Grade as the Dolphins pulled up only ten runs short of Blacktown’s final score of 128. Commendable efforts from our bowlers did not go amiss. Opening bowler Luke Course took two wickets off his nine overs, while Nikshep Mekala and George Black, both captured two wickets as well. In reply in the afternoon, the chase ebbed and flowed, led by Steven Towers who made 31. Mekala also impressed scoring 31. At 6-54 the game looked lost, but the partnership between Mekala and Ensor got them back into the match and at 6-114 the game was for the taking, but a dramatic collapse which saw the Dolphins lose 4-4 put the nail in the coffin as the Dolphins fell just short for the third time this season in another disappointing loss.


    Metropolitan Cup:

    Although they were on home ground at Waverly Oval, the Dolphin’s could not surpass Penrith’s high score of eight for 270. Nathan Moxey and Ben Revai were the standout bowlers, both taking three wickets off a quick seven and nine overs, respectively. Whilst there were some solid contributions from a number of batsmen, the player of the day clearly went to Darcy Matthews who scored an incredible 137. Mitchell Sciberras and Shreyan Deshpande also got notable numbers getting 30 and 17. Easts were all out for a respectable 240, however unfortunately it was not quite enough to gain a victory over Blacktown. The Dolphins remain high on the ladder though, preserving their position at number three on the leader board.

  • Round 9 match report - Fairfield Lions Tamed 11-Jan-2017

    First Grade:

    It was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year with a solid win for Easts against Fairfield-Liverpool in the first game back after the Christmas break. Fairfield won the toss and chose to send the Dolphins in to bat at the start of the day. Opener, Sam Robson, scored an impressive 82 off 103 balls. Simon Chu made a significant contribution to the team getting 71 off just 80 balls. Easts continued to score consistently, and further down the order Daniel Magin got 34, leaving the Dolphins 8 for 256. Their success continued when Easts star bowler Daniel Magin took 4 wickets off 10 overs. Nathan Rowe was another standout who also got 4 wickets off a quick 5.4 overs. Will Somerville and Jonathan Smith both contributed, taking a wicket each, leaving Fairfield-Liverpool all out for 183. Let's hope Easts can continue their winning streak against Blacktown next week.

    Second grade:

    Following in First Grade’s footsteps, Second Grade had a fantastic start to the year, winning by 6 wickets at Waverley Oval. The match had a stand out performance with Tas Yazdani claiming the amazing figures of 7/5 off eight overs. His first spell included 3/5. After he finished that spell, Fairfield then recovered to 5/158 as they look set to post a competitive total. But Yazdani had other ideas when he returned for his second spell to dismantle the tail to take 4/0 as Fairfield-Liverpool were bowled out for 163.

    In reply there were a few wobbles and at 4/80 the match was in the balance, but an 85 unbeaten 5th wicket partnership between Udit Mehta 49 not out and Ollie Maxwell 21 not out saw the Dolphins home.

    Third Grade:

    Match abandoned

    Fourth grade:

    It was a close match for Fourth Grade, against the winless Fairfield-Liverpool, yet Easts managed to continue their winning streak for the round after Xmas. Opener Jonathon Bank started off the day well, scoring 23. Matthew Coles and Terry Mystakas followed suit managing 28 and 29 respectively. The Dolphins finished at 9 for 138.

    Their bowling skills then led them to victory. Tim Brown was the standout, taking 4/31, while David Dunne bowled tightly at the other end taking 1/14 off his 10 overs. Rueben Taucher 2/13 and Patrick Turk 2/24 saw the Dolphins home to finish off the tail as the Lions were bowled out for 103.

    Fifth grade:

    Match abandoned

    Poidevin-Gray Shield:

    Sutherland proved too strong in the penultimate round match on Sunday. Opener Sam Smyth showed great promise at the start of the day, scoring 55, with a solid contribution of 36 from Will Simpson. Michael Jones and Jack Remond both contributed 15 and 18 respectively. Whilst Easts final score was a respectable 168, Sutherland’s batting line up was too solid to break. Will Simpson took three wickets off ten overs, while Jack Remond and Jonte Pattison both picked up a wicket each. Their good efforts unfortunately did not quite pay off, and at 4/66 the match was in the balance, but Sutherland took to some loose bowling knocking the score off with 5 wickets in hand and 22 overs remaining. The result sealed the fate of our finals aspirations with one match left to play against Sydney Uni.

    Metropolitan Cup:

    Easts accomplished a comprehensive win against Georges River at Trumper on Sunday, bowling their opponents out for just 61. Easts posted 227 off their 50 overs with Shreyan Deshpande and Thomas Fedorow scoring 72 and 77 respectively.

    In the afternoon, Easts bowling was strong. Kabir Agrawal got three wickets off 8 overs followed by Frederick Walton who got an incredible five wickets off just 7.1 overs. It was a great day for Easts, starting off the year with a bang. It leaves our Metro side in equal second place on the ladder and just two points off first spot.

  • Easts beat Wests 22-Dec-2016

    Green Shield Round 2, Easts 7-182 off 50 overs v Wests 162 All Out Result: Easts won by 20 runs


    Easts Won the toss and batted under sunny skies at the picturesque Waverley Oval.
    Vedant and Tom (14) opened the batting and were steady until Tom was run out going for a quick single with the score on 27. Vedant and Ritvik were building another little partnership before Vedant (19) was stumped with the score on 56. We lost a couple of quick wickets (Fionn 2 and Ritvik 17). Yianni was the next to go for 21 and the score at 92. Mitchell (5) came and went with the score on 111. Tom Atlee joined Nikshep and the pair ran well and started to hit out with Nikshep the last wicket to fall for a well made 46 and the score on 157. Tom finished with a well made 40 off 40 balls and Shreyan 3no.
     
    It was all to do for the Easts boys with wickets the keys early on. 
     
    Easts bowled well early and kept it tight. Wests opening bats looked at ease and were batting well until a mix up and Shreyan had the opening bat caught short with the score on 61. Nikshep got the next lbw with the score on 72. Wests put on another 56 before the introduction Vedant changed the match. His off spin put the batters under pressure from ball 1. The next wicket was the Wests skipper caught at cover by Nikshep off Vedant with the score on 128. 2 runs later and in the same over Wests highest scorer was runout with the score on 130. The following over Campbell had the batter scooping the ball to cover. Wests had lost 3-3 off 2 overs with the score now 5-131 off 35 and the Dolphins could sniff another chance was only around the corner. The next wicket Vedant had the batsman caught and bowled and Wests were 6-138. Easts then tightened the screws and bowled 3 maidens. Campbell with the next wicket clean bowling the batsman for 0. Score now 7-139 off 41. Vedant had the next caught by Shreyan and the score 8-149 off 44 overs. Tom Atlee replaced Campbell from the Northern end and kept the pressure on and bowled the no 10 batsman with the score 9-150 with 5 overs remaining. The last pair put on 13 before Tom caused a false shot from the Wests batsman to Shreyan at mid on for Easts to take the game. Easts win by 20 runs.



  • Round 8 Match Reports -Dolphins and Rangers share the spoils 21-Dec-2016

    First Grade: 
    Easts had an impressive end to the year with an outstanding win against Northern District in a one day game. The Dolphins started the day strong, with some stellar bowling and fielding. Daniel Magin and Will Somerville both took three wickets, for 18 runs each which forced the Rangers to settle with the total score of 183. In the afternoon, the day's intense heat did not affect Easts as their opening batsmen showcased the skill and talent which the club is proud to hold. Sam Robson looked calm and ready as he swiftly batted his way to a century, with eight boundaries and four 6's, off 97 balls. This was yet another impressive display for the season. John Anderson did his part scoring 21, along with Simon Chu who hit 60 not out. The day ended with Easts 1 for 185, an easy nine wicket win going into the Xmas break.

    Second grade: 
    At Mark Taylor Oval, Second Grade turned up to the ground to be greeted by a wet wicket. When play finally started at 2:30pm the match was reduced to 25 overs a side and Easts won the toss and sent Northern Districts in. The Rangers compiled 4/167 off their allotted overs.

    In reply Easts kept the required run rate in check as wickets fell regularly. Easts moved through to 4/67 after 10 overs still needing 100 off the remaining 15 overs. Sam Reading was the main contributor compiling a quick fire 35. But with seven overs to go and still 48 runs adrift, the Dolphins found themselves nine down as a valuable last wicket partnership started to develop in an attempt to knock off the required total. When the equation read 15 off 12 balls the match was on an even keel, but the required total of 156 was too much of an ask, as Easts went down fighting, losing by 11 runs.

    Third Grade:
    Third Grade made a gallant effort to pull their match out of the fire as they were left reeling at 6-58 after they were sent in to bat on a tacky wicket at Trumper. The resurrection was built around the patience of Andy Coles 35 and some tail end resistance including a valuable 31 from Harry Brooks which allowed the Dolphins to scramble to 9-166 as the wicket flattened out in the heat of the day.

    In reply Northern Districts kept their chase ahead of the required run rate but kept loosing wickets as they looked to put the chase beyond doubt. The Dolphins were exceptional in the field producing three run outs including a direct hit from Andy Coles at a crucial time. Steve Lewis 2-33 and Sam McNiel 2-31 provided valuable spells to pull the Rangers back. With time on their side, but only two wickets in hand, Northern Districts were able to wind the required total down to get the six points.

    Fourth Grade: 

    Eastern Suburbs continued their strong form in fourth grade, defeating Northern District fairly comfortably. Easts won the toss and sent Northern District into bat. It was truly a team performance, with the wickets being shared around.  Luke Course was especially successful, getting two for 42, and Tim Brown held up an end, bowling extremely tight, only conceding 32 runs off his ten overs. In reply, Mike Jones got the Dolphins off to a great start, gearing Easts home, with a match winning 85 not out. He was ably accompanied by the comeback king, Alex Tunnadine, who got 48 respectively. Coming into the Christmas break, fourth grade are in a strong position, in fourth place, and will be searching for higher honors later in the season. 

    Fifth grade and Sixth grade: matches abandoned due to bad weather. 

  • Dolphins get mauled by the bears 19-Dec-2016


    1st Grade
    In what was a tedious two day affair, neither side was able to secure six points after a delayed declaration from North Sydney. However, there were some notable performances. Will Sommerville continued with his impressive season getting four wickets and was the standout dolphin in this two day game. He was well supported by Jono Smith, Nathan Rowe, and Daniel Magin, who all took one wicket a piece. At the start of day two, North Sydney continued to bat, ruling out a possibility of a first innings win being achieved by either team. Easts valiantly attempted to chase down the mammoth score of 384, but time was not on their side. Easts were left with just 75 overs to bat on day two after North Sydney proceeded to bat close to lunch in a bizarre decision considering draws result in zero points for both sides.

    In their reply, Easts got off to a shaky start, and the Bears had the Dolphins 4 for 78 as they looked for fast runs. Sam Robson continued to impress, scoring 95. Jonte Pattison also scored his highest score for the Dolphins with 65 not out, and at the other end Magin also scored 42 not out. Easts will be looking to turn things around against Northern District next round which will also be the third of four preliminary matches as part of the one day competition.

    2nd Grade 
    Easts began well on day 1 restricting the North Sydney Bears to 224. The standout bowler was Tas Yazdani achieving season best figures of 4 for 18. Jacob Taucher and Jack Remond also had a fruitful day taking 3 wickets apiece. In reply the dolphins scored 9/328 with the standout batsman being, Adam Ezekiel who notched up his second century of the season scoring 117. He was ably backed up by Tom Gallop, Sam Reading who got 40 and 45 respectively. The Dolphins had a chance of an outright victory sending the bears back in. (9/90 second innings no information)
     
    3rd Grade
    In a return to Trumper, Third Grade lost the toss and were sent in and the Dolphins proceeded to build a respectable total built around 56 from Alex Brooks and a dominant 70 not out from Will Simpson. Most batsmen got a start as Easts were bowled out for 290 in the 67th over. North Sydney were 0-24 in reply at stumps.

    Mid week rain gave Easts the advantage as the outfield was thicker and the wicket slower and JJ Coutts 4-53 and Harry Brooks 2-51 capitalised leaving the Bears reeling at 6-62. But in the next three hours the Bears built a 160 run seventh wicket partnership and with ten overs left in the day all three results looked possible, but two excellent pieces of fielding resulted in runouts. Coutts then dismissed the captain and with three overs left in the day Rueben Taucher claimed a sharp chance off Turk to get the Dolphins a much needed 6 points.

    4th Grade
    In a low scoring two day game for both sides, Easts were narrowly defeated by North Sydney. On day 1 the Dolphins were all out for 109. Andrew Yaxley achieved the highest score for the Dolphins, scoring 30. Good efforts and resilience were shown by Dominic Cook and Terry Mystakas who got 21 and 17 helping Easts give something to defend. Easts had to come out firing and Steve Lewis got an impressive 3 wickets off 10, while Tim Brown chipped in with 2 wickets as well, however 109 was just not enough to take home the victory.

    5th Grade
    It was a nail biter of a two day game against North Sydney, where Easts were narrowly defeated by the Bears. The Dolphins achieved an impressive score of 9 for 246 nonetheless. On day one, Kirk Rimmer wowed the team getting 101 off 124 gaining his second century in as many innings. Other notable standouts were Vedant Agrawal who scored 35. On day two, Liam Evans impressed, taking 4 wickets and bowling an impressive 10 maidens. David Dunne also contributed gaining 2 wickets. Easts fell agonisingly close with the Bears surpassing the score 8 down after an 80 run ninth wicket partnership.

    6th Grade
    The Dolphins achieved an impressive win over UNSW, scoring 9 for 285 after Thomas Federow scored 119 in his debut match for the Dolphins while Darcy Matthews scored 98. On day two this scored proved too much for UNSW as they were bowled out for 134.

  • FINAL GREEN SHIELD SQUAD ANNOUNCED 16/17 12-Dec-2016

    Coach Lee Kirk and the Club are pleased to announce the final Green Shield squad of 15 to participate in the most prestigious under 16 club tournament in the state.
     
    As always, the calibre and talent on display during the trial period made the selection process tough, however we encourage all players to continue on their cricket journey in an Easts Juniors team and to strive for Senior Grade cricket selection.
     
    The squad is:
     
    Campbell Pert
    Rhys Johnston
    Yianni Theodorakopoulos
    Jack Allen
    Mitchell Sciberras
    Ritvik Dinesh
    Hunar Verma
    Thomas Atlee
    Vedant Agrawal
    Josh Martin
    Shreyan Deshpande
    Freddie Walton
    Nikshep Mekala
    Thomas Fedorow
    Fionn Parker
     
    We wish our Green Shield team well as it commences the first of seven one-day matches on Thursday 15 December against St. George at Hurstville Oval, with all matches scheduled to start at 10am.

  • Mosman's Whale of a time against the Dolphins 30-Nov-2016

    First Grade
    It was a tight round five two-day fixture which saw Easts scrap to a three wicket win against Mosman at Allan Border Oval. Easts won the toss on day one and sent Mosman in to bat, where Daniel Magin exhibited some impressive bowling skills, with 3-66 off 20 overs. He was well supported by the economical Will Somerville who took 2-37 off 26 overs, which included nine maidens. Ian Moran chipped in with 2-21.  In reply Easts finished day one at 0-49.

    On day two, Easts came in confident, but knew that beating Mosman’s 207 would require a long day of patience and strategic risk taking on a difficult wicket. Irish International John Anderson showcased his talent, scoring a solid 49 with eight boundaries as the opener on the day. Sam Robson was another highlight who scored 37. Top scorer Jonte Pattison came to the crease with the match in the balance and hit an impressive 45, who along with Mark Morley saw Easts get over the line to claim their fourth win in a row. The Dolphins are now on the cusp of the top six as they head into next week’s two-day game against the North Sydney Bears at Waverley Oval.

    On Sunday the Dolphins hosted a double header against St George and Sutherland in the T20 Kingsrove Cup. Easts went down in the first match against the Dragons, but had a comprehensive eight wicket win against the Sharks in the afternoon which was dominated by Henry Thornton with 4-17 and 72 not out from Ian Moran.
    The day was also highlighted by Ian Moran who only required six runs on Sunday to move into third place as the highest all time Sydney Grade Cricket run scorer. Moran requires another 147 runs to move into second place.

    Easts need to win this coming Sunday against UNSW and reply on other results going their way to advance into the T20 Kingsrove Cup semi-finals.
     
    Second Grade
    It was a difficult two day game for Easts as Mosman came out on top in the first day compiling an impressive 296. Easts were unable to take some crucial wickets late in the Mosman innings. Jacob Taucher continued with his strong season gaining figures of 3-75 off 24.5 overs. Jack Remond impressed in his first game this season for Second Grade, taking 2-48. Jono Smith also bowled well, snaring two wickets.
     
    Easts never really fired with the bat on day two, and were bundled out for 145 with only Tom Gallop 37 and Jack Remond 30 making any contribution. 
     
    Third Grade
    Third Grade had another tough assignment against a flying Mosman. Losing the toss Mosman chose to bat on day one on an abrasive wicket. At tea the game was in the balance at 3-100 but a large fifth wicket partnership helped set up a massive total for the Whales as Easts were left trying to control the run rate with a bowler down. Will Lawrence was the pick of the bowlers with 3-67 while Harry Brooks offered some valuable support with 2-77. Mosman finished the day with an imposing 8-363 after Easts managed to shell six catches.
     
    The momentum Mosman had built on day one quickly transcended into day two as the Dolphins were left floundering after another poor top order batting display and were reeling at 5/38. Steele Brown showed some resistance with a defiant 33 in the middle order, while Patrick Turk did his best with 23 not out as the Dolphins were bowled out for 125 in the 58th over.
     
    Fourth Grade

    Easts impressed on both days of the two day game against the Whales. Mosman were bowled out on the first day for just 177. Tim Brown was the standout bowler, claiming 6-62. Will Simpson and Rueben Taucher both showcased their skills, scoring 82 and 52 respectively. On day two, the Dolphins' effort in the field continued to excel, where Tim Brown snared 4-47, where he was able to get his first ten wicket haul for the season. Spin was the story of the day with Andy Yaxley also contributing taking 3-21, leaving Mosman 8-113, falling just short of an outright victory for Easts.

     
    Fifth Grade
    Whilst it was a challenging two day game for Easts which resulted in a Dolphins loss, there were some strong standouts in the game. Luke Course took 3-88 off 17 overs. David Dunne took two off 20,  and was ably backed up by Verdant Agrawal who also chipped in with two wickets. 
     
    Easts scored 172 on day two with Naveed Chowdhury and Sam Powell the only batsmen passing 30.
     
    Sixth Grade

    Easts had a strong two day victory against Randwick Petersham Gold in the Metro Cup. Standout performer from the game was Kirk Rimmer who was able to blast his way to 136. Captain Jackson Coutts led the way with 3-36. Enter Clayton and Hooke who both contributed with three wickets each. Easts quickly scored 80 runs and declared sending Randwick Petersham back into bat. Agrawal was the standout taking three wickets ensuring Easts an outright victory for the Dolphins which has now propelled them to third place on the ladder. 

  • T20 Action and Sixers Community Day Coming to Waverley 24-Nov-2016

  • Mixed fortunes in a round of highs & lows against the Students 16-Nov-2016

    First Grade

    The Dolphins have now strung together three victories in a row after a three wicket win over Sydney University in the recently concluded round five Sydney Grade fixture at Sydney University No 1. Sydney University compiled 7 for 340 declared on day one leaving Easts with the dubious task to chase down their third consecutive 300 plus score on day two. On the first day, there were some impressive standouts including Daniel Magin who returned 2 for 89 off 19.5. This solid performance, was well backed up by Henry Thornton with 3 for 64 off 17 overs, while former student Ian Moran offered support bowling economically with figures of 1 for 24 off 14, which included 8 maidens.

    On day two, Easts got off to a somewhat shaky start losing Peter Lazarus and Nick Maddinson early, but the ship was steadied by England international Sam Robson, who along with Ian Moran, scored 70 and 71 respectively in a 122 third wicket partnership. Nerves of uncertainty peaked during the middle of the day when Easts were looking flustered at 6 for 196 after a mini collapse.

    With four wickets remaining, Captain Greg Clarence combined with another former Student Will Somerville to put on a timely 104 to all but ensure a well-deserved Eastern Suburbs victory. Clarence scored 76 not out and Somerville 52, in what were two crucial innings for the Dolphins. With ten overs to go Somerville fell, with Easts still requiring 40 runs off the last ten overs with only three wickets in hand. But Clarence, who was aided by Daniel Magin, who hit some valuable boundaries, made sure the Students were sent home packing. A momentous victory for Easts in round five has them well placed in the top half of the ladder going into next week’s game with Mosman.

    Second Grade

    Easts had a tough day in the field with Sydney University scoring 8 for 366. Wickets were shared between Jacob Taucher and Matthew Sarkies in his first game of second grade for the season. Sarkies did not feel out of place in his first game, getting impressive figures of 2 for 75 off 17 overs. This was ably backed up by Udit Mehta who was able to contribute to his good season with the ball returning figures of 3 for 55. The work horse Taucher was able to bowl 25 overs with 8 maidens and was able to get figures of 2 for 88. On day two Easts unfortunately hit a bit of trouble, and were not able to chase down the big total set by the Students. Oliver Maxwell continued his great run this season scoring 42 not out. Jono Smith was able to score some late runs as well, getting 40 off 41 balls. 

    Third Grade

    In a replay of last season’s Grand Final, Easts suffered a significant loss after a poor batting display on day one with the Dolphins being bowled out for a paltry 56 twenty minutes before tea. The Students set about cautiously chasing the total down and with half an hour to go looked for quick runs with a declaration in mind. The Dolphins toiled in batter friendly conditions restricting the Students to 6-192 with Steve Lewis 3-34 and JJ Coutts 2-52 amongst the wickets.
     
    Sydney Uni declared over night with a 136 run lead and again their quality bowling attack put Easts under pressure eventually bowling the Dolphins out for 97 to claim outright points an hour after tea.
     
    Fourth Grade

    Fourth grade were able to get a convincing win against the Students after bowling Sydney Uni out for 231 an hour before stumps on day one. Will Lawrence and Archie Dunning each bowled exceptionally well, taking 3 for 33 and 4 for 38 respectively. Patrick Turk was also able to tie up an end, bowling 20 overs getting 2 for 67. On the second day, Easts continued to impress, Lawrence was the star of the game, scoring 124, which is his maiden century in Grade and for the Dolphins. He was backed up by the ever reliable Jono Bank, scoring 41 and Terry Mystakas scoring 38 not out. 

    Fifth Grade 

    Fifth grade were able to get their season back on track against the higher ranked Sydney University. After 143 Grade games, Captain George Black notched up his maiden grade century. Andrew Yaxley also contributed his highest Grade score, compiling 47. Milestones continued to be shown on the second day, where Luke Course took his first five wicket haul for the Dolphins gaining figures of 5 for 29 off 17. Vedant Agrawal was also able to take a few key poles, gaining figures of 3 for 46. The team was able to put on 283 runs. Sydney Uni fell short by 108 runs after Easts scored 283 on day one.

    Poidevin-Gray Shield

    The Easts Poidevin-Gray Shield side were able to get their first victory of the season beating Campbelltown-Camden by four wickets at Waverley Oval. In a star-studded bowling line up, Ryan O’Beirne was the standout, taking 6 for 43. New recruit Jason Ralston showed good pace taking 3-21 including three wickets in quick succession to break the middle order of the Ghosts. Easts were able to restrict Campbelltown to 159. After a shaky start, Easts soon recovered with captain Henry Thornton blasting 97 off 112 balls. In trouble at 5-60, Thornton along with Jono Bank showed maturity in their batting as they compiled a 98 run sixth wicket partnership to all but see the Dolphins home as Thornton was caught trying to bring up his ton and the winning runs with a boundary. 

    Easts are away this Sunday in their last pre-xmas match to the winless Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval.

  • In2Cricket has been cancelled this morning 12-11. 12-Nov-2016

    Due to the wet weather this morning In2CRICKET has been cancelled today.

  • DOLPHINS SCHOOL SHARKS AS MORAN MAKES HIS MARK 01-Nov-2016

    FIRST GRADE
    The Dolphins have won their second game on the trot to push them to within a win outside of the top six after Ian Moran made 173 not out to steer Easts home against Sutherland at Waverley Oval on Saturday. On a windy day one, Easts won the toss and sent competition leaders Sutherland in who made a competitive 343 with Henry Thornton (4-60) and Will Somerville (4-109) getting amongst the wickets. Easts lost the wicket of Adam Ezekiel on stumps to be 1-6.
     
    On day two Easts were reeling early at 3-49 and a partnership was required to steady the ship. With former England Test opener Sam Robson at the crease with Moran, the Dolphins got their chase back on track with a 90 run partnership before Robson fell for 59. Moran was then joined by Simon Chu who put on 140 for the fifth wicket as Easts moved closer to the required total. Moran bought up his ton off 116 balls and moved through to 173 not out when Easts passed Sutherland’s total with five wickets in hand. Moran’s innings included 23 fours and a six, and during his innings Moran passed 12,000 career First Grade runs and moved into fourth place in the all time First Grade run scorers in the 123 year history of Sydney Grade cricket.
     
    SECOND GRADE
    At Glenn McGrath Oval, only 48 overs were able to be bowled on day one due to inclement weather, but that was enough for Easts to impose themselves on the Sharks bowling them out for 157 despite a frustrating last wicket partnership. Jono Smith (4-38) and Jacob Taucher (3-49) did the damage with the ball. Easts went to stumps at 0-15.
     
    With 120 overs to play on day two the game was on an even keel at one stage with Easts 7-114 in reply, but in an all-round performance Jacob Taucher scored 47 to help steady the ship with Sam Reading. Easts were eventually bowled out for 200, giving them a 43 run first innings lead. In Sutherland’s second dig it was Nathan Rowe who was the destroyer taking 6-47 as the opposition were bowled out for 139 in 48 overs. Rowe was backed up again by Jono Smith who took 2-13. This left the Dolphins with 97 runs to score in the remaining ten overs of the match for an outright result, which was led by Tom Gallop who hammered 63 off 37 balls. With one run required off the last ball of the game to get maximum points, Gallop was run out at the bowlers end and the Dolphins had to settle for a first innings win.
     
    THIRD GRADE
    Third Grade suffered a disappointing four run loss after a dramatic batting collapse after tea on day two at Trumper Oval. Easts won the toss and sent Sutherland in on day one and bowled them out for 206 with Matt Sarkies (4-40), Harry Brooks (3-36) and Angus Palmer (2-34) amongst the wickets. Easts went to stumps at 2-39 with the match evenly poised.
     
    The Dolphins found themselves in trouble early at 4-66 after two early wickets, but a 111 run partnership between Andy Coles (87) and Prinya Kham (48) put Easts in command. With only another 30 runs required for victory, with six wickets still in hand Kham was dismissed which started the collapse which saw Easts loose six for 26. Despite the efforts of Coles and Kham, only three batsmen passed double figures in a disappointing chase. Third Grade will be looking to turn their form around quickly as they face up against Sydney Uni next round in last season’s Grand Final replay.
     
    FOURTH GRADE
    Fourth Grade registered their second win of the season with a comprehensive win at Tonkin Oval. Winning the toss, the Dolphins sent the Sharks in and dismissed them for 145 thanks to a five wicket haul to opening bowler Steve Lewis who returned figures of 5-31 off 16 overs. He was backed up by leg spinner Pat Turk who took 3-20.
     
    Easts made no mistake chasing the total down with the loss of only three wickets. The chase revolved around Rueben Taucher who top scored with 68 who also shared an unbeaten 81 run partnership with captain Michael Quinn who finished 36 not out.
     
    FIFTH GRADE
    Fifth Grade also suffered a heart breaking narrow loss going down by three runs attempting to chase Sutherland’s 235 at Snape Park. Easts sent Sutherland in on day one and the opposition compiled 235 after being bowled out, right on stumps with Andrew Yaxley (4-49) and Nikshep Mekala (3-28) amongst the wickets. James Hooke offered support with a tidy 2-36.
     
    On day two the pendulum kept swinging back and forth between the two sides as the Dolphins searched for six points. The chase was centred around the efforts of Terry Mystakas who top scored with 57 and later Steve Towers who made 43. With three wickets in hand and only four runs required for victory the Dolphins lost three for none after skipper George Black was run out, leaving the number ten and eleven exposed.
     
    SIXTH GRADE
    Sixth Grade suffered a significant loss to Sydney Uni at Trumper Oval after the students posted 334 on day one. This total was compiled despite the efforts of Jackson Coutts who took 4-42 and Nick Lawrie who chipped in with 2-18.
     
    On day two Easts were skittled for 134 with Shreyan Deshpande continuing his good form with a well compiled 59.

  • Clearway zones set up on Bondi Road during Sculptures by the Sea 24-Oct-2016

    Please note there will be parking restrictions on Bondi Road throughout the duration of Sculptures by the Sea.

    BONDI AND TAMARAMA Bondi Rd between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach
    Sculpture by the Sea - Thursday 20 October to Sunday 6 November
    Date: Thu 20 Oct 2016 - Sun 6 Nov 2016


    Special event clearways will be in place on Bondi Road each Saturday and Sunday of the event:
    *From 8am to 12pm (midday) on the northern side of Bondi Road between Old South Head Road and Sandridge Street.
    *From 2pm until 8pm on the southern side of Bondi Road between Sandridge Street and Oxford Street. 

    Vehicles parked in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. Check signs carefully before parking.

    Local road closures will also be in place in Bondi Beach and Tamarama to safely manage the movement of large crowds expected for the exhibition. Local resident access will be maintained.

  • All T20 Blast games at Rowland and Booralee are also cancelled for all age groups. 22-Oct-2016

    All T20 Blast games at Rowland and Booralee are also cancelled for all age groups.

  • Morley powers Dolphins home with ton on debut against the Premiers 17-Oct-2016

    FIRST GRADE

    The Dolphins produced one of the more remarkable run chases in their 122 year history on Saturday chasing down 411 set by last season’s Premiers Bankstown. In the first two day match of the season, Bankstown amassed 6-411 declared on day one with Daniel Magin (4-75) the only bowler to make any inroads into the Bankstown innings. Easts had ten tricky overs to negotiate before stumps, and lost the wicket of Peter Lazarus to finish the day at 1-21 in reply.
     
    Day two started better as Adam Ezekiel (72) and Simon Chu (62) put on 120 for the second wicket. After a couple of steady partnerships Easts fell to 6/259 and the Bulldogs must have thought victory was imminent. Enter debutant Mark Morley who was playing against his former club. From here the match took a different turn as Morley combined with Will Somerville to put on 121 for the seventh wicket. Morley raced to 100 on debut off 79 balls and in doing this became the first Easts player to score a century in their First Grade debut since 1938/39.
     
    Going into the last over of the match, Easts had two wickets in hand with three runs still required as Morley was caught behind for 117 off 96 balls, bringing a nervous number eleven Tom Skelly to the crease. With three balls left Skelly edged the left arm spinner through slips and the two batsmen scampered home for the three required to get the Dolphins home in an emphatic victory.
     
    First Grade are now two losses and a win after three rounds against three quality opponents including both last season’s Grand Finalists.

     

    SECOND GRADE
    Easts fell 35 runs short of chasing down 300 at Jensen Park in a high scoring encounter. On day one Bankstown won the toss and batted first on a flat wicket with which was accompanied by a fast outfield. At 3/238 the Bulldogs had a platform to build a very large total, but the Dolphins pulled the home team back with Nathan Rowe (4-66) and Udit Mehta (3-81) helping restrict the opposition as Easts took the last seven wickets for 62.
     
    Conditions were much the same on day two as the Dolphins looked to chase down the 301 required for victory. Despite a couple of starts no batsmen capitalised as the Dolphins always appeared slightly behind in their chase. Opener Sam Pointer contributed 41 and despite a 70 run partnership between Ollie Maxwell (64) and Sam Reading (46) the Dolphins struggled to impose a threatening partnership to set up the win
     
    Second Grade are one win to two losses now and will be looking for a crucial six points next round against Sutherland.
     

    THIRD GRADE
    On one of the flatter wickets seen at Trumper Oval the Dolphins prevailed in a run fest where only eleven wickets fell over both days. Easts, lost the toss and Bankstown had no hesitation in batting. Early on the Dolphins bowlers created chances, but the fieldsmen failed to capitalise which resulted in the Bulldogs taking their opportunity and setting a healthy platform as they moved to 2/205. Some tight bowling restricted the opposition in the last hour as the run rate slowed with Bankstown finishing day one at 5/293.
     
    Day two saw the same batter friendly conditions as the Bulldogs batted on to declare at 5/315 leaving Easts 72 overs to bat. The Dolphins started the chase with intent racing to 0/55 after ten overs before both openers were dismissed. From here Sam McNeil (133) and Andy Coles (55) set up the match by combining together for a 145 run partnership to move Easts to within 100 of the Bankstown total with eight wickets in hand and 23 overs still remaining when Coles was dismissed. McNeil’s innings was set up through driving and strong leg side play as he bought up his maiden grade ton for the club in just his third appearance.
     
    The Dolphins chased the total down with four overs remaining in the day after a quick fire 38 from Prinya Kham. After the narrow loss in round one, Third Grade have won their past two matches as they look to continue their momentum.
     

    FOURTH GRADE
    Fourth Grade were involved in another high scoring match at Graham Thomas Reserve. Like the other Grades, again the Bulldogs won the toss and batted and moved through to 1/116 at tea as there was little assistance for the seamers. After tea the spinners did most of the work as Tim Brown (5/127) took another five wicket haul as Bankstown moved through to 8/272 at stumps.
     
    On day two, the Bulldogs continued to bat on scoring another 70 runs before declaring leaving Easts 72 overs to chase down 340. The top order set up the reply and moved along to 1/115 with Jono Bank scoring 54. Skipper Michael Quinn also contributed 46 and Mike Jones 35, but it was Matt Coles who stole the show on day two scoring his maiden grade ton for the club as he scored 103 which included 21 fours and one six. The tail pushed for runs, but the required run rate was too great and the Dolphins ended up settling for a draw and finished the game 8/290.
     
    Fourth Grade have a win, a loss and a draw after three rounds.
     

    FIFTH GRADE
    Breaking the trend for the round Easts batted first at Snape and scored 8/247 off the back of 98 from Rueben Taucher. He was supported by Naveed Chowdhury who chipped in with 41.
     
    On day two Easts declared and dismissed the Bulldogs for 157 with off spinner Andy Yaxley taking 4/26.
     
    Last season’s Grand Finalists are two losses and a win and will be looking to string together some victories as they look to go one better this season.
     

    SIXTH GRADE
    In the Metro Cup the Dolphins took out their first victory in this competition in a low scoring affair against Randwick-Petersham which was also played at Snape Park. Batting first Easts fought through to 133 with Shreyan Deshpande being the major contributor with a well compiled 47 off 108 balls. In reply Easts had the opposition 3/31 at stumps as the day finished on an even keel.
     
    On day two the Easts opening bowlers James Hooke (2-35) and Liam Evans (2-22 off 22 overs) got the Dolphins off to a great start reducing Randwick to 8/74. As a threatening partnership loomed leg spinner Mitch Clayton was able to take control and put the game beyond doubt as he claimed 4-21 and the Dolphins got up by 16 runs. Easts batted again and moved through to 6/115 with James Dunn scoring 63 before time was called.

  • Dolphins with work to do after poor showing against the Tigers 04-Oct-2016

    First Grade
    On a good batting wicket on Saturday at Waverley Oval, Easts were beaten off the last ball of the match against last seasons' Grand Finalist's Sydney.
     
    Winning the toss and choosing to bat first the Dolphins amassed 7/245, with Test keeper Peter Nevill top scoring with 63. He was supported by Simon Chu who scored 52 not out and Peter Lazarus who notched up 33 in an opening stand of 71 with Nevill.
     
    In reply, Sydney kept their run chase under control with a combination of some big hitting and crucial partnerships. But as the overs wound down, Easts put the brakes on. With one ball to go scores were tied with experienced all-rounder Ian Moran the bowler. Moran bowled a slow ball which the batsmen managed to get bat on and Sydney scampered through for a single to claim victory for the Tigers. With the ball, Will Somerville 2/42 and Daniel Magin 2/40 were the pick of the bowlers.
     
    Second Grade
    After last week’s victory in the season opener, Second Grade suffered a big loss to last season’s Premiers at Birchgrove Oval. Winning the toss, Easts batted first and got off to a solid start moving along to 0/41 and then 1/69 before the innings fell apart with the Dolphins eventually being bowled out for 125. James Deacon top scored with 39.
     
    In reply, Sydney lost an early wicket but never looked threatened as the Tigers chased the Dolphins total down before 30 overs had been bowled to claim the bonus point and in doing so winning by eight wickets.
     
    Third Grade
    Third Grade put in a solid performance against last season’s Minor Premiers to register a 73 run victory at Trumper Oval. Easts won the toss and batted first with the top order setting a platform for a large total. The innings revolved around Ollie Maxwell’s 44 and Andy Coles who contributed 38. But as the ball softened, scoring became harder and Easts had to settle for 8/228.
     
    In reply Sydney were on the back foot from the outset after losing an early wicket as the Easts bowlers stuck to their plans and the Tigers required run rate kept increasing. JJ Coutts and Jack Remond applied the pressure in the middle overs as Sydney fell to 8/95. A late innings revival with some lusty hitting projected the Sydney total to 155 as the visitors were bowled out in the 41st over. JJ Coutts picked up 3/32 as Jack Remond 2/20, Sam McNiel 2/25 and Patrick Turk 2/27 shared the spoils.
     
    Fourth Grade
    Easts won the toss and batted first at Ryde Oval and unfortunately didn’t have the greatest outing as they plummeted to 7/55. Some resistance from lower order batsmen Steve Lewis 31 allowed Easts to push closer to a three figure total as the Dolphins were bowled out for 96 in the 28th over.
     
    With the Tigers 0/61, Easts were staring at a large defeat, but new comer Nikshep Mekala helped put the breaks on taking 3/12 in his Fourth Grade debut as Sydney passed the Dolphins total five wickets down.
     
    Fifth Grade
    Fifth Grade were at Snape for the first time this season and won the toss and batted and at 7/87 things weren’t looking great, but a good effort by the middle order pushed the Dolphins to 142 with Steve Towers compiling 48 not out. He was supported by Harry White 31 and Jack Fagan 20.
     
    In reply Sydney chased the total down built around a large second wicket partnership. The Tigers ended up passing the total with five wickets in hand. Luke Course 2/30 and Jackson Coutts 2/16 were the pick of the bowlers.
     
    Sixth Grade
    Sixth Grade played their inaugural match in the Metropolitan Cup and fielded a young side against Blacktown at Trumper Oval on Sunday. Easts batted first and compiled 7/173 off their 45 overs off the back of 55 from opener Yianni Theodorakopoulos with James Dunn and Shreyan Deshpande offering support.
     
    Blacktown responded with intent chasing the total down in 30 overs with nine wickets in hand.

  • Mixed fortunes for the Dolphins - Round 1 vs the Waratahs 26-Sep-2016

    First Grade
    The Dolphins didn’t get their season off to the start they wanted against a strong Manly side in round 1 of the NSW Premier cricket season. With Manly also fielding their representative players including Australian and NSW left arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe, Easts knew they were in for a tough contest at Graham Reserve after the match was moved away from Manly Oval due to the ground being unfit.
     
    Easts won the toss and chose to bat in the first one day fixture of the season. Despite having Test keeper Peter Nevill and Sixers star Nic Maddinson in the top order, the Dolphins innings never really got going despite the efforts of captain Greg Clarence who top scored with 52. The two Manly left arm spinners controlled the Dolphins run rate in the middle overs taking five wickets for just 44 runs between them in 20 overs. Easts were eventually bowled out for 148 in the 48th over.
     
    Manly lost an early wicket to the evergreen Ian Moran, but despite new comer Jonte Pattison taking two wickets in three balls to have Manly 3/57, the home team never looked overly threatened in chasing down the Dolphins total with 10 overs to spare and six wickets still in hand.
     
    Easts are at home at Waverley Oval this Saturday to last year’s Grand Finalists Sydney in another one day fixture.
     
    Second Grade
    Second Grade got their season off to the perfect start with a comprehensive seven wicket victory at Waverley Oval. Manly won the toss and chose to bat and moved along nicely to 0/78 before Jono Smith made the first break through. When Udit Mehta came into the attack, along with Smith and tight bowling from Jacob Taucher, Manly then lost their way after building a platform for a large score. Mehta was the pick of the bowlers with 4/36, while Jono Smith also picked up 4/53. Manly were bowled out for 191 with five balls left in the innings.
     
    In reply with Easts 2/38 and both openers out cheaply, the match was in the balance. From there Adam Ezekiel guided his team home with a match winning 100 not out and in doing so also passed 5000 grade runs for Easts. The innings included eight fours and four sixes. He was supported by Tom Gallop 22 and Mark Morley 48 not out, as the Dolphins chased Manly’s score down with nine overs to spare.
     
    Third Grade
    Third Grade came up against finals nemesis Manly at Mike Pawley Oval in a closely fought high scoring match. Manly won the toss chose to bat and despite an early wicket set a platform to post a very large score. After a 130 run stand for the third wicket, spinner Sam McNiel broke the partnership removing both set batsmen. Easts then stuck to their guns restricting Manly to 8/260 after 300 looked possible. Captain Angus Palmer 2/45, JJ Coutts 2/49 and Sam McNiel 2/50 shared the wickets.
     
    On a small ground with a fast outfield and lifeless wicket the Dolphins got off to a great start through openers Sam Pointer 57 and Michael Maclennan 31, and progressed to 0/76 before spin was introduced. After Maclennan was dismissed Easts collapsed to 6/108 with no other top order batsmen offering any support to opener Sam Pointer. Easts were staring at a significant defeat. Batting at seven and eight respectively Ollie Maxwell 54 and Jack Remond 49 put on 100 for the seventh wicket in a partnership which bought Easts back into the match. With seven overs to go, the Dolphins needed 59 off 42 with four wickets in hand, but unfortunately the slow nature of the Manly bowlers strangled the chase and any last over heroics as Easts fell 15 runs short.
     
    Fourth Grade
    Fourth Grade got their season off on the right foot with a 20 run victory at Snape Park. On a large ground with a long outfield Easts batted first and posted 138 which was a total worth more than it indicated. Lower order batsmen Patrick Turk top scored with 20, while tailenders Steve Lewis and Alastair Shackman put on 20 valuable runs for the last wicket.
     
    In response Manly struggled to tick the runs over with tight bowling from Steve Lewis, David Dunn and Patrick Turk in the first half of visitors innings. Despite having wickets in hand, by the time spinners Tim Brown and captain Michael Quinn came on in the 33rd over the run rate was becoming concerning for the Waratahs. In search of quick runs, Manly collapsed and were eventually bowled out for 118, with Tim Brown returning figures of 5/22 and Michael Quinn 3/27. In his return game for the Club, gloveman Alastair Shackman produced five dismissals.
     
    Fifth Grade
    Fifth Grade ventured to Manly Oval where the Waratahs won the toss and chose to bat first. Manly ended up posting 8/210 with Andy Yaxley in his debut game for the Dolphins returning the figures of 3/33. He was backed up by another club debutant, Nikshep Mekala who took 2/39.
     
    Easts set about their chase and at 3/113 things were looking good for the Dolphins. But in a dramatic collapse Easts proceeded to lose 7/25 as the middle and lower order where undone by Manly’s change bowlers. Nikshep Mekala finished off a good all round game compiling 57 runs.
     
    Sixth Grade
    Sixth Grade were washed out in their match on Sunday at David Phillips against UNSW.

  • Green Shield Candidates Invited to the Next Trial on 19 August 14-Aug-2016

    Easts again thanks those who accepted their invitation to attend the second Green Shield trial last week.

    As with the first trial, last Friday's trial was extremely competitive. The talent amongst the group is exciting to watch and it has not been easy trimming the numbers back. Having said that, congratulations to the following who are selected to move forward and are invited to the next trial this Friday night, 19 August from 4-6 pm at the SCG Nets:

    Adham Mikhael
    Alex Van Vugt
    Ben Revai 
    Campbell Pert
    Chintan Sapariya
    Freddie Walton
    Hunar Verma
    Ishan Lyer
    Josh Martin
    Mitchell Lole
    Mitchell Sciberras
    Nathan Moxey
    Nick Lawrie
    Nikshep Mekala
    Rhys Johnston
    Ritvik Dinesh
    Thomas Atlee
    Tom Winters
    Vedant Agrawal
    Yianni Theodorakopoulos

    To those who missed out, you're welcome to express interest in playing for one of our Easts Juniors teams.

  • Green Shield Candidates Invited for Next Trial 12 Aug 09-Aug-2016

    Easts thanks all those who attended the Green Shield trial last Friday. Coach Lee Kirk and selectors were impressed at the standard and calibre of cricket talent on display. It was a difficult decision to choose the 30 candidates to take part in the next trial this Friday from 4pm at the SCG indoor nets. The following are invited to attend:

     

    Adham Mikhael
    Adhirath Senthil
    Alex Van Vugt
    Apolo Papathenasou
    Asher Learmonth
    Campbell Pert
    Chintan Sapariya
    Corey De Wit
    Fionn Parker
    Flynn Zwinkels
    Freddie Walton
    Henry Munns
    Hunar Verma
    Ishan Lyer
    Josh Martin
    Lachlan Coyte
    Mitchell Sciberras
    Nathan Moxey
    Nick Lawrie
    Nishep Mekala
    Peter Andonopoulos
    Raghau Ramanathan
    Rhys Johnston
    Ritvik Dinesh
    Rush Padhye
    Sonweshun Sewvarajah
    Thomas Atiee
    Tom Winters
    Vedant Agrawal
    Yianni Theodorakopoulos

     

    To those who missed out, you’re welcome to express interest in playing for our Juniors teams.

  • Easts announce 2016 / 2017 AW Green Shield trial dates 30-Jun-2016

    Easts is pleased to announce it’s 2016-17 Green Shield Trial dates.

    The trials will be held over 3 weeks and is centred around net sessions at the SCG Indoor Nets with support from a host of specialist coaches.  

    Green Shield Coach Lee Kirk (Cricket Australia Level 3 Accredited) is very much looking forward to the up coming Green Shield trials and  season.   “I have always enjoyed working with pathway cricketers, and Green Shield is a fabulous competition for cricketers to develop their skills and give them the opportunity to progress to senior cricket over the ensuing years. We will be working  hard on all facets of the game, and will integrate key specialist coaches into the mix. We are very focused on our Green Shield programs and hopefully along the way we can win a premiership or two”.     


     ESSC 2016-17 GREEN SHIELD TRIALS

    • FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST 2016: 4PM-6PM: SCG INDOOR
    • FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST 2016: 4PM-6PM: SCG INDOOR
    • FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST 2016: 4PM-6PM: SCG INDOOR

    For further information please contact Lee on greenshield@eastscricket.com.au

     

     

  • Easts welcome Kirk and Lyon in 2016-17 Junior High Performance Structure 08-Jun-2016

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is pleased to announce its Junior High Performance Structures for the 2016-2017 season. 


    As part of Easts' commitment to providing positive high performance structures and pathways for the Junior Club, the club has recently appointed Lee Kirk as it Green Shield Coach and Brendan Lyon as the Junior High Performance Coach. 

    Lee and Brendan will also work close in hand with the Senior Club’s Head Coach Murray Creed. Lee, Brendan and Murray are very focussed on all facets of High Performance at all levels at the Junior Club and importantly in the pathway and integration of junior cricketers to senior grades.
     
    Lee has a wealth of coaching experience. He is currently coaching at the Cricket NSW Academy as well as being in the process of completing his Cricket Australia High Performance Coach Accreditation (Level 3). Lee is a Life Member of the club as a recognition of his on field playing skill and success at a First Grade Level and for his dedicated service at the club for a period spanning over 25 years.       
     
    “I am very much looking forward to coaching the club's Green Shield Squad this season” Lee said.   “I cant wait. The club views the Green Shield and its Academy structures very highly as we seek to provide the best pathways to young cricketers. Whether they go on to senior grade cricket or higher, it’s always exciting to see the development of young cricketers”.       
     
    Brendan has cricket royalty in his blood. He is extremely passionate about the game and has a very good eye for developing young cricketers. Brendan is an ex First Grade cricketer in both Perth and Sydney. He holds Cricket Australia High Performance Coach Accreditation (Level 2) and also runs his own very successful cricket coaching business.   
     
    Brendan will oversee the High Performance structures of the Junior Club as well as running the club’s Academy Programs and assisting Lee with the Green Shield squad. Brendan will also coordinate the integration of the Junior and Senior clubs at all levels.   
     
    “I am delighted to be involved. Easts has a fantastic Junior Cricket Club and the opportunity to work with a varied age group of junior cricketers of all ages is great. It is a fantastic program and let’s hope that we will produce New South Wales and Australian cricketers in the future” Brendan said. 
          
    Murray Creed has been appointed as Head Coach of the Senior Club for the 2016-17 season. Murray has a large portfolio of coaching experience and success. He holds Cricket Australia High Performance Coach Accreditation (Level 3). Murray was also a contracted New South Wales cricketer after playing First Class cricket in South Africa.   
     
    “The High Performance pathways from our Junior club to Senior ranks is very important. We are focussed on developing the best structures in this area around our Academy and Green Shield Programs. I look forward to working with the Lee and Brendan in this process”.

    For all Green Shield enquiries, please contact Lee on: greenshield@eastscricket.com.au

    For all ESCC Junior Programs and Academy enquiries, please contact Brendan on: juniorhp@eastscricket.com.au
     
    THE CLUB WILL BE POSTING ALL OF IT’S 2016-17 GREEN SHIELD AND ACADEMY SESSIONS AND TIMETABLES SHORTLY.

  • Dolphins go down in Grand Finals 06-Apr-2016

    Sam Pointer made a fighting 71 and Sam Powell took 3 wickets but it wasn’t quite enough as the Dolphins lost to Sydney University in the 2015-16 Grand Final.

    University won the toss and chose to bat first but great bowling by the Dolphins put them right on top at 3/21 with Powell picking up two early scalps.

    A 151-run partnership for the 4th wicket swung the tide of the game back to University but two quick wickets had the game finely balanced with University sitting at 5/182.

    Another strong partnership, this time 52 runs, kept the Dolphins at bay but they fought hard right to the end of the innings, picking up wickets at regular intervals to bowl University out for 287.

    Powell finished with 3/56, Brooks took 2/30 off 20 overs including 9 maidens and Sarkies figures of 2/44 were impressive.

    The Dolphins needed a positive start in their run-chase, but found themselves 4 down with just 22 runs on the board and in desperate need of a big partnership to rescue their innings.

    A 55-run stand between Maxwell and Pointer is just what the Dolphins needed to get going again but following the dismissal of Pointer for a fine 71 they weren’t able to follow up with another strong partnership with regular wickets halting their progress.

    Sarkies made 36 batting at number 9 to back up his earlier work with the ball, but in the end the Dolphins were bowled out for 160.

    Fifth Grade 

    Despite three wickets each to Steven Lewis and George Black the Dolphinn went down to Campbelltown-Camden in a thrilling Grand Final.

    The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, putting on 23 for the first wicket until Bank fell for 8.

    Another 25-run partnership settled things down until a succession of wickets put the Dolphins in big trouble going from 2/48 to 8/66 as the innings began to deteriorate.

    A 26-run stand for the 9th wicket gave the Dolphins something to defend,bowled out for 95, Hamish Dunlop top scoring with 22.

    However Easts responded with Lewis (3/26) and Black (3/31) leading the way. 

    The match was on a knife edge with the Ghosts 5-45 but then the Dolphins looked gone when they had reached 6-84 at stumps. But on day two Easts grabbed quick wickets they needed and Campbelltown were reduced to 9-94 and still needing two runs for first innings.

    They got past, but only just as they were dismissed for 99, keeping the Dolphins right back in the game.

    Unfortunately things didn’t fare much better in the Dolphins’ second innings with just one batsman passing 20 in a total of 101.

    This left Campbelltown-Camden with the tricky task of needing 98 runs for victory on a pitch that had proved difficult to bat on for both sides.

    An early breakthrough to Tapia gave the Dolphins an outside chance of victory but a 62-run stand for the second wicket put them on the back foot and Campbelltown-Camden reached the target with seven wickets to spare.

  • Fifth Grade's Road to the Grand Final 31-Mar-2016

    Easts are yet to take out a Premiership in Fifth Grade, but this weekend will have a prime opportunity to correct that missing crown for the Dolphins. George Blacks men travel out to Raby to take on Minor Premiers Campbelltown-Camden. We took time out to reflect on moments of the season gone and what stands in front of them this weekend.

    1. Did you expect to be in this position at the start of the season?

    Yes I did, the talent and depth in the lower grades at the club this season has been the strongest I have seen since I have been playing at Easts, so based on that I always thought we were a very good chance. The addition of our Tim Creer side this season has been extremely helpful as well because we can call on players who are playing regular cricket when there are injuries or unavailability's.

    2. What are your teams most memorable performances?

    Wining a tight game against Hawkesbury with a lot of players unavailable highlighted the depth of the club. The tight win against Gordon which was highlighted by two Chris Hulston direct hit runouts was certainly a memorable point of the season. The teams ability to pull through in tight situations all season has also been fantastic.

    3. Are there a couple of individual performances that come to mind?

    Too many to mention but;

    -          Jono Bank's 100 v Bankstown included 5 sixes and was chanceless

    -          Andy Coles' marathon performance in the Semi-final including two 50s was unbelievable 'tough cricket'

    -          Reuben Taucher's 100 at Snape vs Wests was outstanding

    -          Steve Lewis and Zaeem Tapia's bowling in the lead up to the finals and in the QF and SF has been fantastic.

    4. What's the biggest motivation for you to win a Premiership?

    Easts have never won the Fifth Grade comp, so to skipper an inaugural Fifth Grade Premiership is my biggest motivation. I would also like to see a team photo up in the Tank.

    5. It's fair to say Campbelltown won pretty comfortably when you played them. What do you remember about that game? Why will it be different this time?


    Campbelltown were exceptionally well prepared for round 1 and hit their straps straight away. We played some pretty rusty cricket in comparison, playing a bit like the game was a trial match which was disappointing.

    This time will be different because it is a 2 day match, we are undefeated in 2 day cricket and we have improved so much since that game. All are key players have also hit form at the right time.

    6. What's been most pleasing about your two finals wins?

    Our batting, we have got the worst of the batting conditions for both games but our ability to get through tough periods and not play rash shots has meant we were able to post very competitive totals. From there, our bowlers have been ruthless in applying the pressure and not giving the opposition a sniff. Our catching, particularly in the slips and gully has also been very good.

    7. Who is the over-riding personality of the squad? Who are the main contributors in the dressing room?

    Jono Bank loves to pipe up with some rare chat in the dressing room. His inspirational speech during the innings break against Mosman in Round 15 was particularly memorable and showed that he has a future as a motivational speaker, we went on to lose by 10 wickets.

    Steve Lewis is also renowned for dressing room chat.... it's just a shame that it always leads back to him talking about his cats.

  • Third Grade's Road to Grand Final 31-Mar-2016

    Third Grade get a shot at redemption this weekend after last year's Grand Final loss to Manly, but are up against their nemesis from last season's entertaining Qualifying Final, Sydney Uni in what looks to be another close encounter. It has been a bumpier road to this year's Grand Final, but things are shaping up to go one better. We have taken time out to ask captain Angus Palmer on his thoughts on the season and this weekend:

    1. Last year's Grand Final loss was heart breaking for your team, how much has this motivated you this season?

    A Grand Final loss certainly makes you that much hungrier the following season. After dominating the entire season last year, it was a real case of 'what if' after going down in the season decider. But that's all history now. We'll have five or six players playing this weekend who were part of that loss so I'm sure it will motivate them and they will be that much more ready for this weekend. The say, you have to lose a Grand Final to win one....I hope that rings true this weekend.

    2. After last season's success, what's been different about this season so far?

    Admittedly we haven't been as dominant through the regular season as last year. Other sides were clearly ready for us this year, but that has hopefully toughened us up and made us learn to grind when the match was in the balance or when we were behind. In terms of the players, last year our team energy helped us immensely, while this season we certainly have more experience with all players in my side now having had a taste of First and/or Second Grade.

    3. What are your teams most memorable performances?

    This year we have won all bar one of our close matches, winning two matches by 1 wicket and one match by 2 runs. These results count for a lot at the end of the season. The win against Gordon was certainly satisfying and the potential pivotal point of the season after a low period earlier in the season with two consecutive losses. Our performances against UNSW and then Sydney on the weekend where we utterly dominated other top 6 side was very satisfying. While our win 1 wicket against Mosman was an example of the resolve we have after being behind in the game and fighting back to win it at such a crucial time in the season.

    4. It's fair to say Sydney Uni won pretty comfortably when you played them. What will be different this time?

    I always had a feeling we'd cross paths during the finals, it was just a question of when. We were poor against them first round back after xmas and my side certainly knew my thoughts on our performance that day. The big difference is that was a one day game and half my team was still in holiday mode. In terms of team personnel, both sides would have also changed significantly. A week is a long time in sport, let alone three months.

    5. Team spirit is always key in successful teams... Who have been the real characters that make the side what it is?

    The team spirit has been fantastic and my players have certainly enjoyed each other's company. We have a variety of characters in the side and it always makes down time in the game interesting. For example, we have seen Sam Reading really come out of his shell the past couple of weeks. He has gone from being a Green Keeper to learning to be a Personal Trainer and firmly believes he is now the alpha male because he does weights a couple of times a week.

    6. Are there a couple of individual performances that come to mind?

    Every bowler has had a standout performance where they have taken a five or six wicket haul and effectively won us the game. If I was to highlight one individual bowling moment, it was when Tom Skelly outfoxed 'The Grade Cricketer' author against Gordon with a confronting bit of bowling.....we're just waiting on the tweet from him about that awkward occasion. In terms of the batting, Ben Bryant's 130 not out against Gordon or Alex Tunnadine's 110 against Wests come to mind as standout batting performances. But perhaps in terms of crucial partnerships the 150 run partnership between Ollie Maxwell and Prinya Kham after being 4-40 against the Hawks was crucial as was the 110 run opening stand against St George between James Deacon and Sam Pointer.

  • Third and Fifth Grade through to Grand Finals 29-Mar-2016

    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.

  • Thirds and Fifths through to semi-finals as Fourth Grade bow out 23-Mar-2016

    By Adam Bagnall

    Third Grade

    Sam Powell put in an outstanding all-round performance (5/44 & 25 off 27) but it wasn’t enough as the Dolphins went down to Manly-Warringah at Waverley Oval in the Qualifying Final.

    The home side won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first, a decision that looked to have paid dividends when Manly slumped to 5/44 early in the match thanks to Powell, Brooks (2/30 off 23 overs) and Palmer (1/37 off 17 overs).

    Manly got out of jail with a timely 65-run stand for the sixth wicket and followed up with a 55-run partnership for the seventh as they approached the 200 mark.

    Powell returned to the attack and took two quick wickets to restrict Manly to a modest total of 205.

    Like their opposition, the Dolphins got off to a shaky start as one wicket was followed by several more in quick time, slumping to 5/36, still 170 runs from victory and needing a big partnership to keep their hopes of a home semi-final alive.

    Brooks (30) and Maxwell (18) got things going again but they both fell in quick succession and only Powell and Reading (25) offered any resistance thereafter, the Dolphins eventually bowled out for 127.

    Fortunately, other results went Easts way so Third Grade will get a second bite at the cherry against minor premiers Sydney.

    Fourth Grade

    Patrick Turk (4/38 & 35) did his best but ultimately the Dolphins went down to Penrith by 106 runs at Bill Ball Oval in the Qualifying Final.

    Penrith batted first but found themselves in trouble at 3/27.

    The Dolphins were then made to work hard for their wickets  with a number of strong partnerships making life difficult for the bowlers, in particular a 76-run stand for the 8th wicket when the Dolphins looked like keeping Penrith below 200. 

    Chasing 256 for victory, the Dolphins’ start mirrored that of their opponents, with early wickets taking their toll and they found themselves in trouble at 3/29.

    A handy 31-run partnership between Brown (14) and Sarkies (39) got things going again but three quick wickets had the Dolphins in big trouble at 6/71.

    Sarkies and Turk rescued the innings and pushed them towards 150, but when Sarkies was dismissed it left the Dolphins 116 runs in arrears and with only 3 wickets in hand - a task that was beyond their reach.

    It was a great effort from Matt Sarkies in his first year as captain to get the team to the finals - especially after failing to take a point from the first four rounds.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins advanced to next week’s Semi Finals with a comfortable 110-run triumph over Parramatta at Trumper Park in their Qualifying Final match.

    After a slow start in which they found themselves looking a little shaky at 2/31, and then 5/85, George Black and Harry White set about rebuilding the innings and they added a valuable 45 runs for the sixth wicket before Black fell for a fine 41 and White was dismissed shortly after for 31.

    Another timely partnership pushed the Dolphins towards 200 thanks to Jack Atkinson (21) and Steven Lewis (39*), who steered the side to a competitive 210.

    After losing a wicket early, Parramatta put on 29 for the second wicket, but a steady flow of wickets kept the Dolphins on top throughout the innings with Parramatta losing 5/17 at one stage to halt any momentum they may have had.

    They added 26 for the 8th wicket to move past 100, but they were still well short of the target and the Dolphins wrapped up their innings on 120.

    Steve Lewis finished with 4/32 off 19.5 overs and David Dunne took 3/32 off 25 overs.

    Easts will now play Mosman at Waverley Oval in the semi-finals this weekend.



  • First Grade win final match, as 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade qualify 16-Mar-2016

    Easts Dolphins ended the 2015/16 Sydney Grade Cricket season on a high with a convincing 60-run triumph over Mosman at Waverley Oval.

    A great bowling effort by the Dolphins ensured victory with Ian Moran (3/20 off 10 overs) and Shane Devoy (3/15 off 6 overs) doing the damage.

    Unfortunately the result wasn't enough for Easts as they finished two points outside the top six finals positions.

    Earlier in the day the Dolphins recovered from 2/6 to post a defendable total thanks to a 49-run stand between Peter Lazarus and Moran.

    Valuable tail order runs by Devoy and Daniel Magin helped after the Dolphins had been in deep trouble at 5/89.

    The Dolphins total was small and early wickets were the order of the day and Magin delivered with Mosman on 19.

    Just 6 runs later Magin struck again to put the Dolphins in a commanding position, with Mosman still 130 runs behind.

    A fantastic spell of bowling by Moran saw Mosman lose 3/2 in a devastating period for the visitors which effectively put them to bed.

    Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence offered his thoughts on the match, which ended their campaign, but there were still plenty of positives.

    “It was a positive way to finish the season off with a convincing win. The conditions were certainly bowler friendly but it was pleasing to take regular wickets and hold our chances in the field.” 

    “Overall, it is disappointing not to be playing finals cricket given the talent in our team. Unfortunately we only showed glimpses of what we are capable of and were not able to be consistent enough to deserve a spot in the top six.” 

    “There was still some significant personal achievements throughout the season which will be important to recognise at the presentation evening and having a team with plenty of youth is a positive sign moving forward into next year.” 

    Second Grade

    Sam Smyth made a fighting 35 at the top of the order, but the Dolphins went down by 94 runs at Allan Border Oval.

    Mosman lost the toss and were asked to bat first, putting on a 50-run opening stand, but shortly after lost two quick wickets to sit at 3/75.

    Tas Yazdani was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/33, and was well supported by Udit Mehta (2/18).

    The Dolphins lost an early wicket but recovered to reach 2/30, but needed a strong partnership to gain control of the match.

    It looked as if Smyth and Mark Morley would be the ones to drive the Dolphins to victory but disaster struck when the their partnership ended with the score on 70.

    A mini collapse ensued, leaving the Dolphins reeling at 6/72 before they were eventually bowled out for 100.


    Third Grade

    A 52-run stand between Jack Remond and Will Simpson paved the way for a nail-biting 1-wicket victory after the Dolphins successfully chased down 171.

    Earlier, Mike Peacock (3/38) led the way for the Dolphins who had to wait for their first wicket, but made three quick breakthroughs to have Mosman in trouble at 4/67.

    Coincidentally, the Dolphins also found themselves in trouble ay 4/67 but recovered, and thanks to Remond and Simpson they recovered to reach 129, but then lost wickets in quick succession to sit at 8/132 and lost their ninth wicket at 161 but held their nerve to record a great victory.

    Third Grade will now host Manly in the first round of the finals at Waverley Oval

    Fourth Grade

    The Dolphins made hard work of their match with Mosman; after bowling them out for just 84, the Dolphins reached the target with just one wicket to spare.

    Earlier, Reuben Taucher (3/17) and Michael Quinn (3/9) had ripped through the Mosman line-up, but the Dolphins collapsed to 4/19 in the chase.

    Taucher backed up his work with the ball to make a timely 21 and Christopher Hulston made a valuable 19.

    The result enough to secure Easts trip to Penrith to face the second placed Penrith in the first week of the finals.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins batted first but made just 46, and Mosman cruised to a 10-wicket victory in 7.4 overs.

    It snapped a four-game winning streak for Fifth Grade who still finished the season in 2nd position and will host Parramatta at Trumper Park in week one of the finals.

    Sixth Grade

    Eastern Suburbs batted first against Burwood-Briars Maroon and made 96, but they lost by six wickets in their first finals match.

    It unfortunately ended their season which had been affected by a significant player drain.

    Congratulations to skipper Jackson Coutts on a tremendous effort to get his team to the finals in his first season.

  • All Grades in the hunt for finals spots with a round to go 08-Mar-2016

    Despite picking up an early wicket in Bankstown’s second innings, the Dolphins were beaten  by Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on Saturday.

    The loss leaves the Dolphins in a precarious position, just one point away from a finals spot ahead of their one-day clash with Mosman at Waverley Oval next Saturday.

    After making just 69 in reply to Bankstown’s first innings of 252, the Dolphins were always going to be struggling, but Daniel Magin made the early breakthrough with Bankstown on just 9.

    A 123-run stand for the second wicket followed, pushing Bankstown further ahead but Jonathan Smith and Magin again got the Dolphins back into the contest with Bankstown sitting at 4/163.

    Unfortunately two more strong partnerships took the game away from the Dolphins as Bankstown put on 72 for the fifth wicket and 62 for the sixth wicket, eventually closing the day at 6/311.

    Daniel Magin finished with 2/66 and Smith took 2/60.

    Second Grade

    Nathan Rowe and Taz Yazdani have secured the Dolphins a comfortable victory after the pair ripped through the opposition with the ball.

    The Dolphins entered day 2 full of confidence after James Kettleborough (150*) and Mark Morley (126) had given them a sizable first innings total of 352.

    The Dolphins, full of confidence, proceeded to rout Bankstown for just 85 thanks to Rowe (5/52) and Yazdani (4/29).

    Bankstown crumbled to 4/19 and never recovered with only one batsman passing 20 in the innings that lasted just 31.1 overs.

    The Dolphins enforced the follow on and Bankstown reached 3/191 at the end of the day as the wicket flattened out.

    Second Grade now sit in 5th position and with a couple of clubs hot on their tales, a win in the final round would be required to assure them of a finals spot.

    Third Grade

    Bankstown resumed at 3/77 chasing Easts total of 140. With Easts looking for early wickets on a flat Jensen wicket, Bankstown crawled to the total 6 down with wickets shared amongst the seamers. 

    Bankstown batted on after tea despite a generous offer from Easts to forge an outright result from the match with a sporting declaration.

    Play was eventually called with Bankstown 7/190. Harry Brooks finished with 3/49.

    Easts slipped from 1st place to 3rd on the ladder and play 2nd place Mosman in the final round. A win will secure 2nd place while a loss will likely move them down to 4th on the ladder and an away match first week of the finals.

    Fourth Grade

    Easts needed just over an hour to wrap up proceedings and claim maximum points bowling Bankstown out for 72 in the second innings, off the back of bowling the Bulldogs out for 51 in the first dig. Captain Matt Sarkies claimed 3/12 while Matt Tupper and David Dunne chipped in with 2 wickets each.

    Easts just needed 2 overs to knock off the 4 runs to claim a 10 wicket outright victory.

    The Dolphins still sit in 6th place with a win next round potentially moving them as high as 3rd position on the ladder dependent upon other results. A loss and bonus point victory to Sydney would see them miss out.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins successfully defended their impressive first innings of 5/278, Jonathan Bank top scoring with 108 at the top of the order.

    In reply Bankstown were unable to handle Zaeem Tapia whose 4 middle-order wickets paved the way for victory, while George Black took 3/39.

    Fifth Grade has moved to the top of the ladder and are assured of a top 2 finish, with a 6 point win ensuring them of the minor premiership. 

    Sixth Grade

    The Dolphins went down to the Georges River Sharks by 74 runs. The Sharks batted first and made 5/168 with Jackson Coutts taking 2/30 off 8 overs. In reply the Dolphins lost wickets too consistently despite the efforts of Joshua Genner (36) and were bowled out for 94.

  • Junior Presentation Day details announced 01-Mar-2016

    Presentation Days

    U8 and U10 Mods are invited to celebrate the end of the season awards ceremony at Waverley Oval on Saturday 12 March at 9.30am.  Please ensure the boys and girls are in their Easts uniform.  A BBQ will follow the awards.
     
    U10 Colts, U12 Div 1 and 2, U14 and U16 along with the U13 girls are invited to the end of season awards to be held at Waverley Oval on Saturday 2 April.  Further details will be sent directly to coaches and managers.



  • Late collapse leaves First Grade's finals hopes all but dashed 01-Mar-2016

    By Adam Bagnall

    A stunning batting collapse has Easts Dolphins in deep trouble in their two day clash with Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval.

    Chasing Bankstown’s first innings total of 252, in which Sandy Rogers and Thomas Skelly both took 3 wickets, the Dolphins could only manage 69 in reply, leaving them 191 in arrears heading into day two next Saturday.

    With the ball, the Dolphins were able to restrict the Bankstown batsmen by taking wickets at regular intervals, and at 2/54, the Dolphins had made a bright start.

    A couple of frustrating partnerships pushed Bankstown past 200, but the Dolphins fought hard and managed to take the final six wickets for just 38 runs.

    The first Dolphins batsmen to go was Peter Lazarus, making just 5 and sith the score on 13, he was soon joined by his opening partner Angus Robson who went for 14 and the score 2/22.

    The Dolphins found themselves five down, and they hadn’t yet reached 30, as the batting collapse continued.

    Another two wickets fell and the Dolphins found themselves in the unenviable position of 7/37 and only the tail order batsmen left to eek out valuable runs.

    Shane Devoy added 14 and Jonathan Smith made 12 as the Dolphins were bowled out for 69, easily their lowest total of the year and leaving plenty to do next week.

    Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence was honest in his assessment of the match.

    “Two thirds of the day went exceptionally well. To bowl such a proven batting line up out for 252 on a flat pitch was a great result for our bowlers and gave us plenty of confidence on the back of a close finish last match. Obviously we were looking to continue the positive start to the day when we went out to bat but it wasn't to be.”

    “Quite simply, we weren't able to stop their momentum after losing a couple of early wickets and things just got worse from there.”

    “It was extremely disappointing for us to display such a poor performance with the bat and it's likely to have halted our chances of playing finals cricket. However, we're certainly not the first team to be bowled out in under 30 overs so the plan isn't to kick the dirt all week but to get back to practice and play tougher cricket next week.”

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins lost the toss and were asked to bat first, and led by the in-form James Kettleborough (150) and Mark Morley (126) they made a healthy 5dec/352 off 85 overs, giving them a great chance of victory.

    Bankstown faced just 6 overs at the end of the day, but it was enough time for the Dolphins to strike twice to have the opposition right on the back foot at 2/17, still 335 runs behind.

    Third Grade

    The first-placed Dolphins, batted first and made just 140 in 50 over despite at one stage being well placed at 2-88.

    Matthew Yiend top scored with 46, while Sam Reading was next best with 24.

    In reply Bankstown recovered from 3/38 to reach 3/77.

    Fourth Grade

    Bankstown won the toss and elected to bat but couldn’t handle Jack Remond who took 6/23 to restrict them to just 51. 

    Matthew Tupper also bowled well, finishing with 3/27. 

    The Dolphins made 120 in reply, Remond also top scoring with 34. 

    In their second innings Bankstown are 4/16, needing a further 53 runs to avoid defeat an outright defeat which would all but seal a finals spot for Easts.

    Fifth Grade

    Jonathan Bank scored a fine century to anchor the Dolphins’ first innings which finished at 7/278. 

    Bank and James Dunn (45) put on 94 for the first wicket and handy contributions from George Black (36) and Steve Towers (34) helped the cause.

    Sixth Grade

    The Dolphins batted first, but could only manage 69. Incredibly they were able to defend the small total, bowling out Burwood Briars Rivals for 65.

  • Easts clean sweep UNSW thanks to tense First Grade run chase 23-Feb-2016

    First Grade

    An Ian Moran century was the highlight as the Easts Dolphins continued their push for a finals spot by chasing down 359 against UNSW at Waverley Oval.

    The Dolphins have scored more runs than any other side this season, and the win has them just one point off a finals place with two games to play.

    The home side won the toss and returning skipper Greg Clarence sent UNSW in, which looked to be the right call after Daniel Magin made two early breakthroughs and, along with Moran, helped the Dolphins to a dominant position at 3/23.

    UNSW fought back with a 143-run stand for the fourth wicket but two quick wickets gave the Dolphins the upper hand at 5/182.

    Another strong partnership threatened to take the game away from the Dolphins but a wicket to Sandy Rogers and a run-out by Thomas Gallop gave them plenty of momentum as they looked to expose the tail order batsmen.

    Yet another frustrating partnership delayed the end of the innings, but when wickets came, they came quickly and UNSW lost their last three wickets for 26 runs, finishing on 359.

    The home side needed a good start to have any chance of reeling in the target but lost Lazarus for a duck early on. Nightwatchman Rootes made 5, but at the other end, Angus Robson was dominant.

    Ezekiel arrived at the crease and they put on a 52-run stand before Robson fell for a well-made 76.

    At 3/106, still 253 runs behind, the Dolphins needed a big partnership to rescue the match.

    Moran, who earlier this season passed 11,000 first class runs, combined beautifully with Ezekiel and they added 142 for the fourth wicket until Ezekiel went for 57.

    When Moran fell for 103 shortly after, the Dolphins found themselves exactly 100 runs behind, and only 5 wickets in hand, but a timely 49 not out to skipper Greg Clarence rescued the innings and he saw the team home with two wickets to spare.

    Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence made his return in the game and offered his thoughts post match.

    “We were able to build enough partnerships throughout the first two sessions to control the scoreboard. As a team we knew if we batted the day we would be very hard to stop from getting the runs.”

    “We're Always looking to improve our fielding and taking those half chances so that will be a strong focus in the lead up to what is traditionally a flat pitch out at Bankstown Oval."

    “It’s nice to be back out there and trying to maintain the momentum our batters are generating at the top of the order.”

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss and sent UNSW win, but couldn’t make a breakthrough for some time as UNSW put on a 74-run opening stand before Skelly made the breakthrough.

    Not content with one wicket, Skelly proceeded to single-handedly rip apart the UNSW top order taking 5/33 in a remarkable display of bowling, while wicketkeeper Kevin Pillay took six catches.

    UNSW went from 1/74 and looked like posting a good score, to 7/130, and only a 35-run partnership late in the game saved them from further embarrassment, eventually being bowled out for 186.

    The Dolphins made a bright start, putting on 55 for the first wicket, and from there it was Deacon (71*) and Kettleborough (74*) who steered the side to a convincing 9-wicket victory that puts them in sixth position with just two  games left in the regular season.

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins bowled first and on the back of Palmer (3/32), Powell (2/10) and Taucher (2/12) bowled UNSW out for just 107.

    UNSW had made a promising start, adding 29 for the first wicket but at one stage lost 4 wickets for just 2 runs.

    In reply Pointer (39*) and Yiend (59*) made light work of the target, the Dolphins cruising to a 10-wicket victory, earning a bonus point along the way.

    The win sees take outright first spot and gain position for a shot at back-to-back minor premierships. 

    Fourth Grade

    UNSW batted first and made 130 with Tupper (3/18) the standout bowler. Sarkies and Turk each picked up two wickets.

    After a shaky start, Easts fell to 6-74 but thanks to Chris Hulston’s unbeaten 31, the Dolphins eventually got going, and won by 3 wickets.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins bowled first, and led by opening bowler Steven Lewis (3/32) restricted UNSW to 166.

    After losing a couple of early wickets, a half century to Andy Coles and an unbeaten 48 to George Black helped the Dolphins get home by six wickets.

  • Local derby ends in dour stalemate as Easts finals hopes take a blow 16-Feb-2016

    The local derby between Easts Dolphins and Randwick-Petersham ended in a run-fest stalemate which did little to help either team’s push for a finals berth.

    Three wickets each to Jonathan Smith and Shane Devoy wasn’t quite enough as the teams settled for a draw in their two-day clash at Petersham Oval.

    The Dolphins had set their opposition a sizable target of 378 for victory thanks mainly to Peter Lazarus and Ian Moran who both made 92.

    In reply, Randwick-Petersham made a strong start, putting on 139 for the first wicket before Devoy got the breakthrough.

    The Dolphins were made to fight hard for their wickets and another strong partnership prevented any inroads until Smith picked up his first, with the score at 185.

    Smith and Devoy combined beautifully to rip through the remaining top order batsmen to reduce the opposition to 5/219.

    Devoy’s third wicket, with the score at 248, gave the Dolphins an outside chance of first innings points, but it wasn’t to be, as Randwick-Petersham saw out the day without losing any further wickets.

    The flat pitch ultimately thwarted Easts’ bowlers who toiled accurately throughout the day as Randwick ended at 6-329.

    The Dolphins are currently in 12th position, but just one point from a finals spot with only three games left in the season.

    Second Grade

    A brilliant century to James Ketteborough has paved the way for a Dolphins victory on first innings, earning them a valuable six points in the countdown the finals.

    Randwick-Petersham had made 163 on day one and after a nervous start, the Dolphins steadied the ship and added 55 for the third wicket.

    After Morley fell for 32, it was up to Mehta (43*) and Kettleborough, and the pair put on a fantastic 141-run partnership before Kettleborough fell for 110, with the Dolphins already 56 runs ahead, and they declared their innings closed at 4/219.

    Randwick-Petersham faced the remaining 54 overs and reached 4/141, Jacob Taucher finished with 2/16.

    Third Grade

    A great display of bowling by Harry Brooks (6/26) earned the Dolphins four competition points, but they ultimately lost outright.

    The Dolphins set their opposition 219 to chase down and Brooks led the way as Randwick-Petersham could only manage 122 in reply.

    In their second innings the Dolphins declared at 7/84 leaving Randwick 28 overs to bat, but Randy-Petes did more than just survive and reached the target of 185 in 24.2 overs with five wickets in hand.

    Fourth Grade

    The Dolphins won on first innings, chasing down the target of 124 in 63.5 overs.

    The return of  former Australian player Michael Bevan generated a huge amount of interest. His 21 helped get the innings on track – but it was Michael Quinn who was the finisher this time with unbeaten 27.

    Steve Towers (24) also made a vital contribution as Easts got home with two wickets to spare. 

    Fifth Grade

    Randwick made 140 on day one, but it wasn’t enough as the Dolphins reached 6/204, claiming victory on first innings.

    Sixth Grade

    Easts scored a nail-biting 10 run victory against Mt Pritchard.

    James Dunn (38) and Ritvik Dinesh (34) top scored in Easts’ score of 173.

    Zaeem Tapia was the chief destroyer with the ball as he took 4-38 to help dismiss the opposition for 163 with 15 balls to spare.

    The win puts the Tim Creer side up to third on the ladder with three rounds remaining.

  • Easts build strong total on back of Lazarus, Moran in local derby 09-Feb-2016

    By Adam Bagnall

    First Grade

    A great batting performance has Easts Dolphins in pole position at the halfway stage of their two day clash with local rivals Randwick Petersham.

    Captain Ian Moran and Peter Lazarus both made 92, Simon Chu made 56 and solid contributions from Matt Condon (46) and Angus Robson (48) saw the Dolphins’ reach 377.

    Condon and Lazarus got Easts off to a great start, putting on 105 for the first wicket before Condon was forced to retire hurt.

    The 19-year-old opener was struck on the foot and scans later confirmed a broken foot - bringing a premature end to his season.

    His unfortunate departure did not stop the flow of runs as Lazarus and Robson added 78 for the second wicket before two quick wickets threatened to undo the good work.

    But Chu and Moran steadied the ship, putting on 120 for the fourth wicket and guiding the Dolphins past 300.

    The 9th-placed Dolphins have scored more runs than any other side this season as they look to secure a finals spot with just 3 games remaining.

    Such is the congestion on the table, a win would likely see Easts back into the top six.

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bowl first which looked to be a great decision after Randwick Petersham crashed to 3/15.

    Some frustrating partnerships forced the Dolphins to work hard for their wickets and they eventually bowled the opposition out for 163.

    Nathan Rowe led the way with the ball taking 4/59 and Thomas Skelly also bowled well, taking 3/41, while Jacob Taucher took 2/25.

    The Dolphins lost two early wickets but James Kettleborough (78) rebuilt the innings and the Dolphins sit at 3/133 heading into day two.

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins elected to bat first and were led by young opener Sam Smyth (50) who made his maiden Third Grade half century.

    Smyth was well supported by Matthew Yiend (40) and both Prinya Kham and Ollie Maxwell made 30.

    In reply Randwick Petersham are 1/12 off 3.1 overs.

    Fourth Grade

    Randwick won the toss and batted but could only manage 124 as Taucher (4/17) chipped through the lower order in a marathon 16 over spell.

    Club Coach and former Australian player Michael Bevan made his return to the field and managed to get through the full day in the field.

    In reply the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 0/12 off 9 overs.

    Fifth Grade

    Randwick batted first and made 140 off 60 overs.

    The Dolphins have reached 1/26 in reply.

    Sixth Grade

    Eastern Suburbs won on forfeit.

  • Dolphins fall out of top six despite Lazarus century 02-Feb-2016

    By Adam Bagnall

    Peter Lazarus’ century at the top of the order wasn’t enough for Easts Dolphins who fell out of the top six with a loss to Blacktown at Waverley Oval.

    Lazarus made 104, his second century of the season, and along with Matt Condon (36) the Dolphins made a bright start, putting on 53 for the first wicket.

    Lazarus and Angus Robson (69) then put on a 156-run stand and skipper Ian Moran (50 off 47) pushed the Dolphins towards 300. Some handy contributions from Magin (18) and Devoy (17) gave the Dolphins a formidable total of 9/320 off 88 overs.

    The Dolphins struck early with the ball and had Blacktown at 1/32 before a strong partnership saw the opposition put on 116 for the second wicket and swing momentum Blacktown’s way.

    The Dolphins fought hard, but were unable to maintain the pressure and Blacktown passed the target in the 85th over with three wickets in hand.

    Despite the loss, the Dolphins remain in the hunt for a finals spot and play fourth-placed Randwick-Petersham next week.

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins travelled to Joe McAleer Oval with both teams looking to break into the top six on the ladder.

    Blacktown won the toss and the Dolphins were asked to bat first.

    Ben Bryant (93) and Kevin Pillay (81) recovered a sluggish start and saw the Dolphins make a competitive 7/251 off their 50 overs.

    With the Dolphins all over Blacktown at 7/81, still 171 runs from victory, the weather stepped in and the match was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method, giving the Dolphins a bonus-point win.

    Third Grade

    In a rain-affected match Easts Dolphins made an excellent 5/272 on the back of Michael Maclennan’s unbeaten 136. The innings also saw 'Mudguts' surpass 8000 runs for the club - an outstanding achievement. 

    Deacon also made 52 as the Dolphins overcame a shaky start to post an excellent total.

    The rain arrived after 35 overs had been bowled of Blacktown’s innings with the score at 8/109. Great bowling by Brooks (2/19), Palmer (2/18) and Remond (2/21) kept the Dolphins on top and they earned a bonus point win to go top of the table.

    Fourth Grade

    Fourth Grade's season of misfortune continued as they were denied a near certain victory by the weather.

    Blacktown batted first and made 114 off 41.4 overs but just 7.5 overs were bowled in the Dolphins’ innings and the match was declared a draw Easts on 1/40.

    Steve Lewis took 4-25 with the ball.

    Fifth Grade

    An 81-run opening stand between Jono Bank and Angas Macdonald set up the Dolphins innings as they made 182.

    In reply, spinners Mitch Clayton (4/42) and George Black (5/30) saw Blacktown collapse from 2-100 to be all out for 154. 

    Sixth Grade

    In Tim Creer Cup action, The Dolphins restricted Burwood-Briars Gold to just 65 on the back of Jackosn Coutts’ 4/16.

    In reply the Dolphins cruised to a 6-wicket victory in the 20th over, with James Dunn making 28.

  • Devoy stars in loss to Sutherland, Robson remains confident 26-Jan-2016

    Despite another fine bowling performance by spinner Shane Devoy, Easts Dolphins went down to Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.

    After the weather prevented any play on day one, the Dolphins were sent into bat with several batsmen making good starts but unable to convert these into significant runs in a team total of 212.

    The top order had no trouble getting to double figures, but only skipper Sam Robson (45) and Ian Moran (25) made it past 20. Sandy Rogers added a valuable 37 at the end.

    Even Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (12) and NSW star Nic Maddinson (20) fell just as they were getting going.

    The Dolphins needed early wickets and at 2/33, the situation looked more promising for the visitors.

    A couple of frustrating partnerships threatened to take the game away from the Dolphins but Devoy (4-71) struck twice to have Sutherland at 4/163, still 50 runs away from victory and with the game hanging in the balance.

    Unfortunately the Dolphins left their run too late, eventually going down by three wickets.

    Dolphins skipper Sam Robson felt the weather was a factor in the game but remains optimistic about the Dolphins’ season.

    "We lost the toss and didn't play at our best which was disappointing. There were a number of rain interruptions during our innings which probably didn't help us and meant we lost momentum at times."

    "We fought reasonably well in the field and team spirit amongst the boys is very good at the moment so hopefully this will just be a minor glitch leading into the run in to the finals."

    "There was a fair bit of spin in the pitch and it's great having a left arm spinner in any team. Devoy has had a great season and hopefully it can continue."

    Second Grade

    Taz Tazdani (4/51) had helped bowl Sutherland out for 210 on day one, and the Dolphins resumed at 4/59 at the start of the day, needing a good partnership to steady the innings.

    Unfortunately Mehta went early for 17, but Kettleborough and Pillay set about rebuilding the innings.

    The pair put on 69 for the 6th wicket and Jacob Taucher (17) made some handy runs late in the innings as the Dolphins were bowled out for 167, giving first innings points to Sutherland.

    Kettleborough was the best with the bat, making 75 at the top of the order, while Pillay made 44.

    Third Grade

    No play was possible on day one, but the teams took to the field on day two with everything to play for. 

    The Dolphins won the toss and sent Sutherland in, and it looked to be a great decision after Thomas Skelly (6/49) helped skittle the opposition for 138.

    Things didn’t start well for the Dolphins batsmen, losing their first wicket without troubling the scorers.

    But a fine half century to Sam Pointer got the Dolphins going and along with Alex Tunnadine (29), it looked to be heading towards a comfortable win at 2-100. 

    But from there Easts lost 7-36, which left the final pair of Mike Peacock and Tom Skelly four runs to get for the win.

    Fittingly after his six wickets Skelly got the team home.

    Fourth Grade

    In a remarkable display of bowling, the Dolphins swept through the Sutherland on day one for just 32. Jack Remond finished with 4/3, while Brooks, Powell and Sarkies picked up two wickets each.

    The Dolphins made 154 in reply as Sarkies backed up his earlier work with the ball by making an unbeaten 50, while Steele Brown made 58.

    In their second innings, Sutherland made 8/111 off 85 overs, Harry Brooks picked up 4 wickets as the Dolphins won on first innings.

    Fifth Grade

    No play was possible on day one, and on day two, Sutherland made 6/127 declared. In reply the Dolphins cruised to the target with seven wickets to spare, Matthew Coles finishing on 59 not out.

    Sixth Grade

    In the Triforce Sports Tim Creer Cup, the Dolphins won the toss and batted against Macquarie University and made a respectable 8/155. In reply they bowled the opposition out for 119 for a 36 run victory.



  • Devoy's five helps Easts sneak home in thriller against Sydney Uni 11-Jan-2016

    By Adam Bagnall.

    First Grade Easts Dolphins snuck into the quarter-finals of the First Grade Limited Overs competition with a thrilling three-run win over Sydney University on Saturday.

    The Dolphins lost the toss and were asked to bat in their first game back after the Christmas break, and they looked to have lost none of the form that saw them amongst the top teams before the break.

    Easts managed to post 214 on a slow Waverley wicket and it proved just enough with Sydney Uni dismissed for 211 with two balls remaining.

    A 57-run opening stand between Angus Robson (26) and Matt Condon (35) laid a solid foundation but in the tricky conditions it was Sam Robson’s 62 that proved the backbone of the innings.

    The former England Test player’s knock came off 91 deliveries and included two 4s and 1 six, while captain Greg Clarence (50 off 68) provided vital support in a 68 run stand Though from 3-177, the Dolphins were not able to finish of the innings and were dismissed for 214 in 49.4 overs. 

    Sydney Uni also made a bright start, putting on 62 for the first wicket, but a double strike by Shane Devoy pegged them back. The Dolphins kept up the pressure with quick wickets in a devastating period in which the Students lost 4/30 and saw them in deep trouble at 6/119, still 96 runs from victory. 

    And when Devoy took his fifth wicket to finish with 5-41 off 10 overs - Easts appeared to have the game in the bag with Sydney Uni 9-172.

    Former Dolphin Will Sommerville though gave Easts a fighter scare, smashing 43 off 33 at number 9 to reduce the equation to four needed off three balls, before he was caught at deep long on. Second Grade Easts destroyed Sydney University to claim a bonus point thanks to an outstanding performance from the seam bowlers.

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins dismissed the Students for just 52, with Tas Yazdani proving a point to selectors with 4-15 off 7.1 overs. 

    Jonathan Smith also finished with remarkable figures of 3/6 while Jacob Taucher took 2-10. Taucher took 3 wickets each. 

    The Dolphins took just 11.2 overs to secure a comfortable 8-wicket victory.

    Third Grade 

    Despite a fighting 57 to Alex Tunnadine, the Dolphins went down by 79 runs. 

    Batting first, Sydney University made 211 with Palmer taking 3/23 for the Dolphins. 

    In reply, Easts lost early wickets and couldn't quite get a partnership going until Tunnadine and Peacock put on 68 for the 7th wicket. 

    Fourth Grade 

    The Dolphins went down by 4 wickets after batting first and making 102.

    Easts defended gamely with Students taking 43 overs to pass Easts’ score.

    Harry Brooks took 3-25. 

    Fifth Grade 

    Sydney University won the toss and batted, making 162 in 45.2 overs, with David Nash picking up 4 wickets. 

    Despite an unbeaten 52 to Steve Lewis late in the innings, the Dolphins went down by 41 runs. 

    Sixth Grade 

    In Sixth Grade an outstanding innings from 13-year-old Yianni Theodorakopoulos (75*) led Easts to a 77-run win over Pennant Hills.

    An unbeaten 59 to Christopher Hulston also helped the Dolphins to 2-184 off their 40 overs and in reply Pennant Hills managed just 9/107.

    In a great game for Easts’ juniors 12-year-old Freddie Walton took 3-23 and Harry Kyriazis took 2-11.

  • Dolphins go down against St George but claim wins in four grades 21-Dec-2015

    First Grade

    Despite an 85-run partnership between Simon Chu (84) and Peter Lazarus (43), Easts Dolphins went down by four wickets to St George at Hurstville Oval.

    A shaky start saw the Dolphins in trouble at 4/46, but Chu and Lazarus set about rebuilding the innings before Lazarus fell with the score on 131.

    Chu continued to anchor the innings and saw the side past 200, his 84 came off 111 deliveries and contained two 6s. 

    Some late hitting from the tail pushed Easts up to a total of 227 - a score that was well below par.

    And the task was made tougher when St George put on 53 for the first wicket, though Easts continued to plug away.

    Angus Robson chipped in with 2 quick wickets to have St George at 4/132, still 96 runs away from victory. And the fifth wicket to fall at 151 had Easts back in the game.

    But the Saints managed to steady and passed the total with 11 overs to spare.

    Shane Devoy was the best with the ball, taking 2/46 off 10 overs - the loss leaves Easts in fifth position at the Christmas break.

    Second Grade

    Jacob Taucher (3/38) led the way as the Dolphins won by three wickets at Waverley Oval.

    After winning the toss and batting, St George crumbled to 6/62 with Jack Playfair also chiming in with 2/29.

    In reply the Dolphins put on 39 for the first wicket, and at 2/104, looked to be well on their way to victory.

    Three quick wickets made for a nervous finish, but the Dolphins batsmen held their nerve to reach the target in the 46th over.

    Ben Bryant top scored with 46.

    Third Grade

    St George batted first and made 189, Angus Palmer taking 6/24 off 9.1 overs - including a spell of 5-2.

    The Saints had earlier been 4-140.

    A fantastic opening stand of 102 by Sam Pointer (56) and James Deacon (64) set up the run chase.

    Tunnadine (32) and Kham (26) continued where the openers left off, guiding the Dolphins to victory with 33 balls to spare.

    Fourth Grade

    St George made 167 batting first but the Dolphins, led by Sam Smyth (72*), cruised to an emphatic 8-wicket victory. 

    Smyth and Michael Quinn (62) put on 123 for the second wicket in the comfortable win.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins won by 5 wickets, chasing down St George's total of 77 in 18.5 overs.

    Matt Tupper took 4-17 with the ball to help guide Fifth Grade to second on the ladder at Christmas.

    Sixth Grade

    Eastern Suburbs recorded a 4-wicket win over Epping-Parramatta, chasing down the target of 176 in 33 overs.

    James Dunn made 61, while Chris Hulston registered an unbeaten 49.

  • Easts Cricket and Easts Rugby come together for Charity Breakfast 16-Dec-2015

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club in partnership with Easts Rugby Club have come together to support the McGrath Foundation for the now famous 'Pink Test' at the SCG.

    Prior to day three, a special charity breakfast will be held at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

    West Indies legend Sir Richie Richardson will be a guest speaker at the breakfast, with limited tickets also available for transport and tickets to day three at the SCG.

    So come and support this historic event between the two club and book your seat, that will include a Continental breakfast and drinks.



  • Rotary Club Bondi Junction and Easts to provide Dream Cricket 16-Dec-2015

    Rotary Club of Bondi Junction along with Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club would like to invite your son or daughter to be a part a special Dream Cricket Clinic to be held at Waverley Oval on Friday January 22.

    Dream Cricket is a Rotary initiative that provides an opportunity for kids with special needs and disabilities to participate in cricket.

    The program is run by qualified instructor Rick McCarthy and all modified equipment is provided.

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club will provide drinks and special prizes through out the day.

    The clinic is FREE and will run between 10am and 1pm.

    Spaces are limited so please register your details at our booking site.

    More info about the clinic is available at http://www.dreamcricket.org.au/


  • Dolphins reel off 320 to scrape home against Hawkesbury 15-Dec-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    Easts Dolphins continued their great recent form, defeating Hawkesbury by two wickets in their clash at Owen Earle Oval to remain second on the First Grade ladder.

    Set a formidable 320 for victory, the Dolphins, led by Angus Robson (78), with great support by captain Greg Clarence (51) chased down the total in 93 overs.

    It looked like it would be a comfortable victory at 5-306 but the loss of three quick wickets left Daniel Magin (33*) and Daniel Rootes to finish off the remaining 10 runs.

    Peter Lazarus (49), Simon Chu (42) and Ian Moran (41) all made vital contributions in a great team display.

    Captain Greg Clarence said the team's ability to stick to their targets was satisfying.

    "Partnerships when chasing down a total is very important so to have two strong partnerships from the top order was very pleasing," Clarence said.

    "We tried to stick to the same targets we use when setting a total which essentially surrounds having wickets in hand for the last session and players converting starts." 

    "To be roughly 1/100 at lunch and 3/200 at tea was a clinical start to the first two sessions of the day and set us up for the win."

    "Our fielding has been a particular focus for us over the last couple of weeks and with one-day matches coming up it becomes increasingly important to get right."

    "Our approach is very similar across all formats so it won't be a huge shift for the team. If we stick to the things that have worked well for us over the last few rounds we'll put ourselves in a strong position to take more points into the Christmas break."

    Second Grade

    Benjamin Bryant scored 45 in both innings as the Dolphins scored an outright win over Hawkesbury.

    After bowling the opposition out for 161, the Dolphins declared their innings closed at 8/213, a lead of 52. Hawkesbury batted again and declared at 5/183, giving the Dolphins a target of 131 for maximum points.

    Bryant's 45 off 35 balls as well as solid contributions from Thomas Gallop (29) and Mark Morley (39) paved the way for a comfortable victory.

    Third Grade

    A great spell of bowling by Harry Brooks (3/15 off 11 overs) was the catalyst for a comfortable 133-run victory.

    Defending 264, Easts were never threatened by the Hawks who were bowled out for 131 with Thomas Skelly (3/61) and Angus Palmer (2/21) also among the wickets.

    The win, the second one row, moves the Dolphins up to fourth on the Mitchell Cup ladder.

    Fourth Grade

    After making 209 on day one, the Dolphins routed Hawkesbury for just 75 with Max Abbott (3-11) and Tim Brown (3-38) the main destroyers. 

    Sam Powell (2-9) took two wickets in his second over that reduced the Hawks to 3-3 and from there they never recovered.

    Batting again, Hawkesbury were 2/108 at the close of play, giving the Dolphins a win that
    keeps them in touch with the top six.

    Fifth Grade

    George Black took 4 wickets as the Dolphins narrowly beat Hawkesbury by just 3 runs. Set 196 for victory, Hawkesbury looked to be in big trouble at 8/142, but a 50 run stand ensured a grandstand finish.

    Unfortunately, the Hawks were reduced to 10 players so the match ended when the ninth wicket fell.

    Sixth Grade

    Sixth Grade completed six wins from six grade with a one-run win over Georges River Stingrays.

    Hamish Dunlop made an unbeaten 80 to give Easts a competitive target of 132.

    The Dolphins took two early wickets and hung on for victory. Kirk Rimmer bowled the final over where three runs were required with the last wicket falling on the final ball to a catch from 12-year-old Freddie Walton.

    PGs

    PGs suffered a disappointing loss to Sydney by eight wickets.

    Batting first, Sam Smyth made 61, but didn't receive enough support as Easts fell from 2-76 to being all out for 139.

    The Tigers knocked off the target with 11 overs to spare.

  • Girls play cricket on the SCG January 10 08-Dec-2015

    MILO T20 COLOUR Blast!!! On the SCG

    Here's  a wonderful opportunity for girls to play MILO T20 Blast on the SCG before a Sydney Sixers BBL game on the 10th January.

    The girls will  each receive a ticket to the game, be given a white t-shirt and then they'll all be COLOUR blasted at the game in bright pink!!! Please see the poster attached for more information!

    Register now to claim 1 of  only 60 places!

    http://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=28909&postcode=colour%20blast

    Girls only MILO T20 Blast at Waverley Oval starting in January

    For everyone who registers for the SEJCA Girls only MILO T20 Blast starting at Waverley Oval, will be automatically invited to take part in the COLOUR Blast at the SCG.

    http://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=28781&postcode=SEJCA

    Any further questions, please contact Michael Peacock, Junior Participation Specialist  on 0407 134 899.

  • Lower order partnership frustrates Dolphins on day one against Hawkesbury 08-Dec-2015

    One big lower-order partnership thwarted Easts Dolphins against Hawkesbury on day one of their clash at Owen Earle Oval.

    Excellent bowling by the Dolphins had Hawkesbury in trouble at 5/97 and 7/165 but a 150-run stand for the eighth wicket pushed them to a total of 319.

    The Dolphins started well as Shane Devoy (3/87) and Sandy Rogers (3/45) ripped through the top order. 

    Easts patiently chipped away during the big partnership but once the ball got old, extracting mistakes proved a difficult task.

    "It would have been nice to finish them off earlier in the day but it was difficult to create chances on such a flat pitch," captain Greg Clarence said.

    "I was very impressed with our ability to take early wickets in the first session which ultimately kept Hawkesbury to a very attainable total."

    "I'm confident we can take 6 points out of next week. We bat all the way down so it's just a matter of someone in the top order standing up and applying themselves for long periods."

    "Our aim will be to execute as if we're setting a total and if we hit our targets we'll put ourselves in a strong position to retain our spot in the top part of the table."

    Second Grade

    A terrific performance by Dolphins opening bowlers Nathan Rowe (4/70) and Jonathan Smith (4/20) reduced Hawkesbury to 161 all out at Waverley Oval.

    Smith grabbed the first three to reduce the visitors to 3/23 early on and continued to pile on the pain, with a consistent flow of wickets keeping the Dolphins on top all day.

    Udit Mehta continued his impressive season taking 2/33 off 15.2 overs and Jack Playfair was economical.

    In reply, the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 3/112.

    James Kettleborough made 45 and the not out batsmen are Benjamin Bryant (23) and Mark Morley (15).

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss and batted, making 8/264 thanks to some valuable runs by Prinya Kham and Oliver Maxwell who each made 69. 

    Mike Peacock (44) and Harry Brooks (25) also made solid contributions.

    The Dolphins only bowled 3 overs late in the day but managed an early breakthrough with just 4 runs on the board.

    Fourth Grade

    The Dolphins were sent in at Trumper Oval, making 209 with Matthew Coles making 40.

    At one stage Easts were 7-130 but Michael Quinn's 39 helped dig them out.

    Hawkesbury lost a wicket in the one over they faced.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins batted first and made 195, thanks to a half century to Jonathan Bank, while Ken Kurien made 34.

    In reply Hawkesbury are 2/41.

    Sixth Grade 

    It was an exciting day for sixth grade with five Easts juniors making their senior cricket debut against Epping.

    That included 12-year-old Freddie Walton who made 18 not out in Easts' score of 7-118 from 40 overs.

    After being in a good position, Easts went down by one wicket in a thriller.

  • Magin's all-round performance boosts Easts to second after win over Gordon 30-Nov-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    An outstanding bowling performance has secured the Dolphins a comfortable victory over Gordon, pushing them up to second on the Sydney Grade Cricket ladder.

    After making 346 the previous Saturday, the Dolphins set about defending their total, and skipper Greg Clarence’s emphasis on a tight line and length kept the opposition on the back foot, and they were bowled out for 173.

    Daniel Magin (3-37), who struck 75 with the bat on day one, was the pick of the bowlers, but Tas Yazdani (3/25) and Daniel Rootes (2/49) also impressed.

    The Dolphins, still 173 runs ahead, sent Gordon in again, and they were 2/77 at the close of play, giving the Dolphins a well-deserved victory and six points.

    Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence says the balance in the team has been the key to their success so far.

    “We don't want to be relying on one or two guys to get the job done each week so it was most pleasing to have several contributors towards the win.”

    “There was a couple of crucial partnerships we needed to break and Magin taking two wickets the over before lunch really set up the second session.”

    “The vibe amongst the team is really positive but our best cricket is still in front of us I think. 

    "We've only put together a couple of complete performances so far this season so being consistent across all disciplines more often will be the key to challenging top teams at the business end of the season.” 

    Second Grade

    Despite a great bowling performance by Jonathan Smith (4/58), the Dolphins went down the Gordon by one wicket.


    After posting a competitive total of 288 last week, the Dolphins pegged the Stags back after they got off to a fast start and a steady flow of wickets kept them in the game right up to the close of play.

    At 5/163, and later, 6/204, the Dolphins were right in the contest, but they just couldn't take the last wicket.

    Aside from Smith, Nathan Rowe (3/64) and Udit Mehta (2/74) bowled well.

    Third Grade

    A terrific unbeaten century to Benjamin Bryant (124*) spearheaded the Dolphins to a 5-wicket  victory. 

    Set 219 for victory, Bryant and Sam Pointer (49) led the way as the Dolphins reached the target in 53 overs.

    Bryant's knock included 20 4s and 2 sixes.

    Fourth Grade

    The Dolphins earned 10 points following a big win in which they rolled their opposition for just 51. They then set about compiling a lead, declaring at 3/176, before bowling Gordon out for 122. 

    Tim Brown took four wickets in the second innings but all the bowlers contributed through the match.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins successfully defended their innings of 212, bowling Gordon out for 186, thanks to the efforts of Steve Lewis (4/56) and George Black (3/21).

    Sixth Grade

    Eastern Suburbs got back to their winnings ways in a T20 against Warringah at Waverley.

    The visitors were restricted to 7-90 and chased down the target for the loss of just three wickets. Satish Kala top scored with 38*.



  • Maiden century from Peter Lazarus saves Easts Dolphins on day one 23-Nov-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    A maiden unbeaten century from Peter Lazarus has Easts Dolphins in a strong position after day one of their match against Gordon at Waverley Oval.

    Lazarus made 111* and was well supported by Daniel Magin (75) and skipper Greg Clarence (53) to help the Dolphins reach 346 at stumps.

    It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the home side who lost early wickets to be in deep trouble at 4/25, and then 6-117.

    But a series of strong partnerships, including a 146-run stand between Lazarus and Magin steered the Dolphins to an excellent total. 

    After such a strong day, skipper Greg Clarence was happy with his side’s performance.

    "Exceptionally impressed with our resolve in the middle and lower order," Clarence said.

    "It wasn't an ideal start but we've always been quietly confident with our batting depth.” 

    "Having Lazarus and Magin come together and produce a 140+ run partnership with their back against the wall was very handy."

    "Particularly pleased for Lazarus scoring his maiden First Grade century at a time when the team really needed him. He showed his class Saturday and hopefully it can kick start a big season for him personally."

    "Same theory for us again this weekend, build as much pressure as we can. It will be important for us to be prepared to be a bit boring with our lengths if they develop a big partnership during the day. We've got a few on the board to play with but not searching too hard for wickets will be the key to getting 6 points."

    Second Grade

    An incredible 182 from Adam Ezekiel dominated Easts' score of 288 in their match against Gordon at Chatswood. 

    Ezekiel's knock came off 258 balls and included 30 fours and 1 six. His partnership with Udit Mehta worth 145 for the fifth wicket.

    Unfortunately outside of this, there was not much else to come from Easts' batting with six ducks also registered on the scorecard. 

    In reply, Gordon are 1/30 off 12 overs.

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins bowled Gordon out for 218, thanks largely to a 5-wicket haul to Mike Peacock (5/54). Tom Skelly also bowled with good pace and picked up 3-72.

    Easts did have Gordon 7-127 at one stage, before a lower order partnership ensured that honours finished even.

    In reply, the Dolphins are 1/10.

    Fourth Grade

    After winning the toss and bowling, Easts bundled Gordon out for just 51 with the wickets shared between Matt Sarkies (3-11), Max Abbott (3-13) and David Dunne (3-27). 

    In reply, the Dolphins passed Gordon's score without loss and set about establishing a lead, declaring at 3/176. 

    Sam Pointer finished unbeaten on 74, while Sam Smyth made 35.

    In their second innings, Gordon are 0/18.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss and batted, making 9/212.

    The day dominated by the Coles brothers with Matthew Coles making 50, while Andy made 44.

    After play, Andy did remark that he didn't enjoy batting with his brother.

    Sixth Grade

    The Tim Creer Cup side suffered their first loss of the season, bowled out for just 65 against Mt Pritchard Southern Districts.

    The Dolphins bowled and fielded well but couldn't restrict the opposition who passed the target with five wickets in hand.



  • Rain mars round against North Sydney as First Grade escape with a draw 16-Nov-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    Bad light saved Easts Dolphins from defeat against North Sydney in a match that was affected by weather on both days.

    After posting a competitive 7/276 last week, the Dolphins looked to be right on top of their rivals, reducing them to 3/64 at one stage.

    A spirited century from North Sydney’s Nicholas Watkins denied Easts but in the end it was the Bears who were left frustrated at 6-266 when play was abandoned and the match called a draw.

    However, North Sydney continued to frustrate the Dolphins’ bowlers, who were economical, but couldn’t get the last few wickets needed for victory.

    The best of the Dolphins was Sandy Rogers who finished with a handy 2/71 from 16 overs. Rowe, Moran and Rootes picked up a wicket each.

    Dolphins skipper Greg Clarence found plenty of positives in the match, singling out Moran, Lazarus and Ezekiel for their batting efforts.

    "I've asked the side to remain positive as we are doing plenty of things really well it's just a matter of getting back to building pressure in the field through more consistent areas with the ball," Clarence said.

    "Watkins was particularly impressive and batted with a lot of freedom."

    The ninth-placed Dolphins will host 7th-placed Gordon next weekend at Waverly Oval looking to get their season back on track.

    "There are a few things to work on in terms of building consecutive dots to force errors from the opposition once the ball is a bit older," Clarence said. 

    "We didn't make it too difficult for North Sydney to keep the scoreboard moving throughout the day so addressing our lengths is crucial for us to work on at practice this week."

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins’ match with North Sydney was called off due to rain, with North Sydney at 3/94, chasing the Dolphin’s total of 7/213.

    Jack Playfair picked up 2 wickets for the Dolphins before the weather prevented any further play.

    Third Grade

    No play was possible on day two of the Dolphins’ match against North Sydney with the ground deemed unfit for play.

    Fourth and Fifth Grade
    No play

    Sixth Grade

    Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates won the toss and batted, but were bundled out for 127 thanks to a brilliant display of bowling by Zaeem Tapia (4/9). 

    In reply an unbeaten 48 by Andy Coles guided the Dolphins to a 5-wicket victory.

    PGs

    Easts couldn't back up their impressive round one victory and suffered a nine-wicket loss to Manly.

    The Dolphins batted first and could only manage 8-101 from 37 overs, which was reached thanks to Steele Brown's late cameo of 25*,

    In response, Jack Remond took an early wicket but from their the Waratahs reached the target with no further losses.

  • Moran century moves him further up the ladder in all-time scorers list 12-Nov-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    Another brilliant batting display by Ian Moran ensured Easts Dolphins posted a competitive 7-273 in their clash with North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.

    Moran posted 103 off 171 balls to anchor the Dolphins’ innings on day one after they were in trouble at 2/34 early in the match.

    The knock also took the Easts all-rounder up to 8th in the all-time runs scorers list with 11,323 in First Grade.

    Along with Moran, Peter Lazarus (52) batted well to maintain the pressure on North Sydney as the pair put on 79 runs for the third wicket.

    Some valuable contirbutions Simon Chu (31) and Adam Ezekiel (46) kept the scoreboard ticking over at the end of the day.

    Dolphins captain Greg Clarence was pleased with his side’s performance after day one, but lamented a shortened day due to bad light and rain.

    "We're in a competitive position. Unfortunately we lost 12 overs due to rain and bad light so it would have been nice to get a few more on the board and take advantage of momentum at the end of the day," Clarence said.

    "Moran's form has been exceptional so far this season and to be honest he's making it look pretty easy which sends confidence all the way down the order."

    "They sent us in so it was always going to be harder in the first session due to the rain we had last week but we met our targets and stayed positive before lunch which set us up for the second session."

    Clarence will assess conditions before deciding whether to declare or continue to bat on day two.

    Second Grade

    North Sydney won the toss and sent the Dolphins in and led by a fine 62 by Thomas Gallop, the Dolphins posted 7/213.

    Gallop and Kevin Pillay put on a valuable 82-run partnership for the third wicket to steer the Dolphins past the 150 mark.

    Late in the innings Udit Mehta made a handy 25 not out to steer the side past 200.

    Third Grade

    North Sydney won the toss and batted, but struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking on a slow Tunks outfield.

    The hosts were 1-74 at tea, but the introduction of spin saw quick wickets fall after the break.

    Despite a wet ball, Mike Peacock (4-20) and Sam Pointer (2-24) helped reduce the bears to 7/137 at stumps.

    PGs

    Easts scored a bonus point win to open the season with paceman JJ Coutts (3-15) and Tom Skelly (3-15) helping reduce Fairfield-Liverpool to 54.

    The Dolphins won the toss and batted at Waverley and made 7-163 from 50 overs in slow conditions.

    Sam Pointer top scored with a brisk 29 at the top of the order, while most other batsmen made starts.

    In response the Lions were 1-29 before collapsing.

  • Magin's six gives Easts rare outright win over Wests in round four 03-Nov-2015

    Easts Dolphins produced a near perfect performance to secure maximum points in an outright victory over Western Suburbs at Waverley Oval.

    After Easts posted 246 on day one, fast bowler Daniel Magin single-handedly destroyed Wests’ top order on his way to figures of 6/27 off 13 overs as Wests could only manage 101. After being sent in a second time Easts’ spinners cleaned up the Magpies for just 70.

    But it was Magin’s first innings spell on day two that set up the big victory.

    In his first season with Easts after coming from St Geroge, Magin took the first five wickets of the innings to reduce Wests to 5-33. From there a steady flow of wickets allowed Easts 48 overs to try and dismiss the Magpies a second time.

    The performance of the fast bowler no surprise to captain Greg Clarence.

    "Daniel Magin has been threatening in patches over the first three rounds with the ball," Clarence said.

    "When he gets it right he's one of the most dangerous bowlers in the competition."

    In the second innings Magin went wicketless, but it was the work of Shane Devoy (3/16) and Daniel Rootes (3/11) that caused problems for Wests.

    Two good days of cricket from the Dolphins left Clarence very satisfied.

    "It's an excellent result for us. Ten points is very difficult to get under any circumstance so to put in such a strong bowling and fielding effort together after our loss to Penrith is exciting," he said.

    "Having all bowlers contributing by either building pressure or taking wickets makes a huge difference and allowed us to control both innings. There was a bit of a light concern late in the day but having two class spinners in form, working in tandem and taking regular wickets is a huge luxury for us."

    Easts face a winless North Sydney at North Sydney Oval in a two day match starting this Saturday.

    Second Grade

    A fantastic unbeaten century by James Kettleborough guided the Dolphins to a comfortable 7-wicket win over Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.

    Chasing a formidable target of 253 for victory, the Dolphins overcame the early loss of Kevin Pillay to put on 78 for the second wicket, and then a match-winning 109-run stand between Kettleborough (121*) and MIchael Maclennan (58) helped set up victory. 

    The Dolphins’ first win of the season puts them in good touch ahead of their clash with North Sydney at Waverley Oval next week.

    Third Grade

    Despite a total of 7/307 declared after day one, the Dolphins went down by two wickets.

    Easts looked in the box seat after reducing Wests to 5-101, but the lower order thwarted the Dolphins in the second session.

    Angus Palmer (3/47) and Harry Brooks (3/66) were the best with the ball for the Dolphins, while Max Abbott picked up two wickets.

    Fourth Grade

    The Dolphins were defending 178 against Western Suburbs, and looked to be on track for victory when they had reduced Wests to 6/93, but couldn’t manage the last few wickets, eventually going down by three wickets, despite some excellent bowling by Dunne 2/20 off 9 overs.

    The match will best be remembered for Tim Brown's 400th wicket in his spell of 3-50 a fantastic achievement that also came in the same game as his maiden Grade half century.

    Fifth Grade

    After making 240 declared on day one, the Dolphins made light work of the Western Suburbs’ batsmen, bowling them out for just 94.

    Sixth Grade

    The Dolphins bowled first and a steady flow of wickets kept Burwood Briars Maroon under constant pressure, and they were bowled out for 119. Jackson Coutts led the way with 4/13.

    In reply the Dolphins chased down the target in 33.4 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets, thanks to a fine innings of 43* by Sam Hulston.


  • Easts locked in tight tussle with Wests thanks Simon Chu knock 26-Oct-2015

    Easts Dolphins are locked in an even contest at the halfway point of their two-day clash against Wests at Waverley Oval.

    The Dolphins won the toss and made 246 against a Western Suburbs side looking for its’ first win of the season and they will resume at 1-18.

    Angus Robson, who returned from his County season with Leicestershire, anchored the top order with a well-made 47 but had trouble keeping partners as the Dolphins fell to 3/57 at one stage.

    Simon Chu managed to stick around and together the pair put on 43 for the fourth wicket.

    Chu went on to make 83, and some handy runs from the lower-order, including Daniel Magin (29) and Shane Devoy (25) ensured the Dolphins set a competitive total, which pleased captain Greg Clarence.

    "Always comfortable with anything 280-plus so we didn't quite get to that but given the slow outfield it was definitely worth 280 or so," Clarence said.

    "We had a couple of solid partnerships but just seemed to lose wickets when we had wrestled the momentum in our favour."

    The Dolphins bowled just eight overs late in the day, but it was enough to snare a wicket with Magin doing the damage.

    "It’s always good to have a wicket under the belt overnight. It puts us in a great position with a night watchman in to control the game early next week," Clarence said.

    "It will be an important week for our bowlers to get themselves sorted to bowl disciplined and patient spells to take 9 wickets this Saturday," Clarence said.

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss at Pratten Park and sent Western Suburbs in.

    Led by Udit Mehta (5/65), the Dolphins bowled the opposition out for 252; a steady stream of wickets ensured the Dolphins did well to pull back the Magpies after a 77-run opening stand.

    It will be an interesting day of cricket next week as the Dolphins look to chase down Wests’ total in search of their first points of the season.

    Third Grade

    After winning the toss and batting, the Dolphins compiled an impressive 7/307 declared, thanks to a century from Alex Tunnadine (106) and half-centuries from James Deacon (75) and Ollie Maxwell (53).

    Easts then took an early wicket and have Wests 1/7 off 5 overs.

    Fourth Grade

    There were farcical scenes at Blick Oval with the Dolphins sent in on a wet wicket following a delayed start. After Easts were 1-12, umpires decided the pitch was too dangerous to continue and a further delay followed. 

    When play did resume Easts elected to send Tim Brown in at number four and the move paid off with the former skipper digging in for his maiden grade half-century in the same match he could well take his 400th wicket.

    Sam Pointer also made 50 as Easts gutsed it out to make 5-138 in 65 overs.

    Fifth Grade

    Western Suburbs won the toss and sent the Dolphins in, where Reuben Taucher scored an unbeaten 105 – his second century for the season.

    It helped the Dolphins recover from 8-160 to end day one on 8-240. Kirk Rimmer chiming in at the end of the day with an unbeaten 36.

    Sixth Grade
    Washed Out

  • Penrith reel in huge target to snatch victory at Howell 19-Oct-2015

    Easts Dolphins were left stunned on Saturday as Penrith reeled in their mammoth score of 378 to score a two-wicket win.

    The Panthers resumed day two at 0-53, still needing 327 runs to win.

    An opening partnership of 147 gave Penrith the upper hand early but a steady flow of wickets had the Dolphins right back in the match at 4/191.

    Partnerships of 89 and 70 took Penrith to 5/350, before they lost 3-17 to give Easts hope - but the run had been left too late.

    Spinners Shane Devoy (4-63) and Daniel Rootes (3-63) took seven of the eight wickets to fall but Greg Clarence said the bowling unit as a whole didn’t build enough pressure.

    "Obviously we're disappointed with the result. We have to be able to restrict teams from chasing such a big total through building pressure and shutting the scoreboard down with the ball,"Clarence said.

    "It's not often that 378 isn't defended so our quicks definitely need to respond this week."

    "Our spinners played a huge role in restricting the scoreboard,taking 7/123 off 43 overs which was an outstanding effort…They kept us in the game."

    With one win from their first three matches – this week’s clash against Wests at Waverley Oval shapes as a crucial one.

    Second Grade

    Resuming at 1/18 chasing Penrith’s first innings of 264, the Dolphins made a bright start thanks to the efforts of Thomas Gallop (28) and James Kettleborough (56).

    Though a collapse reduced Easts to 5-109 before Michael MacLennan’s half century and Sam Reading’s 38 put the Dolphins back on top. 

    But from 5-197, Easts were bowled out for 214.

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins made just 74 the previous Saturday in their first innings, and Penrith went on to make 179. Batting again, the Dolphins played much better in making 258, thanks to half centuries to James Deacon (76) and Mark Morley (82).

    Fourth Grade

    Chasing 293, Easts looked gone at 4-64 on the second day before a 154-run partnership between captain Matt Sarkies (110) and Chris Florence (77) turned the match around.

    For Sarkies it was his first century in Grade cricket and his innings took Easts within sight of an unlikely victory.

    The Dolphins required 28 runs from the final three overs but lost wickets in pursuit of quick runs and finished at 9-290. The match ending in a draw.

    Fifth Grade

    Chasing 117, Penrith went into day 2 in trouble at 6/35, and the Dolphins bowled them out for 90. Easts batted out the rest of the match and were 5/83 at the end of play.

    Sixth Grade

    Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates won the toss and batted at Boronia Park and were bowled out for 127, Zaeem Tapia the best with the ball, taking 4 wickets. The Dolphins reeled in the total with 5 wickets to spare. Andrew Coles top scored with an unbeaten 48.



  • Ian Moran hundred gives Easts the edge after day one against Penrith 12-Oct-2015

    First Grade

    After a dominant display in one-day cricket last week, Easts Dolphins continued their form in the first two-day fixture of the season.

    Ian Moran, who the week before became just the eighth player to register the 11,000 runs and 300 wickets double, scored 141* to help Easts post 7-378dec.

    In reply, Penrith made a flying start and are 0/53 off 8 overs, though still 325 runs behind.

    Earlier, the Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat at Howell Oval, putting on 76 for the first wicket, with Matt Condon (47) and Peter Lazarus (30) getting Easts off to a great start.

    The Dolphins then lost two quick wickets to be 2/90, and the game could have gone either way.

    But Moran, coming off an unbeaten 84 last week against Parramatta, steadied with Simon Chu (43) and number eight Shane Devoy (65), who hit an impressive half-century.

    Skipper Greg Clarence was especially pleased to see the batting group back up another solid performance.

    "It's great for the team to start putting consecutive performances together. It builds confidence within our top order and there's been plenty of contributions from a number of players."

    "Penrith bowlers were very consistent with their lengths and there were a few tough spells to get through."

    "Moran showed his class to get through a few hard periods and cash in later in the day. His role within the team as an all-rounder and a leader is vital and to have him in form sets a perfect example for those batting around him."

    "It's a small ground square of the wicket so we'll have to be disciplined with our lengths. If we stick to our plans and hold our catches there's no reason why we can't take 6 points home with us."

    The story wasn’t as bright on Sunday with Easts knocked of the Kingsgrove T20 Cup competition by Sydney at Drummoyne Oval.

    Daniel Rootes took 3-22 to help restrict the Tigers to 8-144, but a slow start costs Easts who could only manage 7-120 in reply. Will Eaton top scored with an unbeaten 40.

    Second Grade

    The Dolphins hosted Penrith at Waverley Oval, and a superb spell by Nathan Rowe (6/90) ensured the Dolphins remained well in the contest heading into day two next Saturday.

    Penrith made 264 off 80.2 overs, with JJ Coutts (2/21) and Udit Mehta (2/71) also among the wickets.

    In reply, the Dolphins have made a steady start and are 1/25 off 16 overs with Tom Gallop and overseas player James Kettleborough at the crease. 

    Third Grade

    The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, but it didn’t pan out well from there as Easts were skittled for 74 in 32 overs.

    Mark Morley top scored with 33.

    In reply, Penrith made 179 with Harry Brooks the best Dolphins bowler, taking 4/33 off 11 overs, while Tom Skelly took three wickets.

    Easts will resume at 1-14 in their second innings.

    Fourth Grade

    A hard fought battle at Trumper on day one resulted with Penrith posting 293 in good batting conditions.

    But Easts were disappointed to concede that many runs after the Panthers were at one stage 8-224. Matt Tupper was among the wickets and took 3-74.

    Easts were due to face two overs but were given a reprieve when the umpires decided the light was not sufficient.

    Fifth Grade

    The Dolphins batted first and made only 116 in 39 overs, but hit back with the ball to have Penrith reeling at 6/35 heading into day two next week.

    David Dunn led the charge with 3-10, while Steele Brown top scored with 42.

    Sixth Grade

    A superb all-round display by Tim Brown has earned the Dolphins a comfortable five-wicket win over the Georges River Sharks. 

    Brown took 5/2 off six overs to restrict the Sharks to just 94, before making an unbeaten 17 to steer his side to victory.



  • Matt Condon aiming for big season following maiden ton 07-Oct-2015

    At just 19, Eastern Suburbs batsman Matt Condon scored his maiden First Grade century in Easts’ big win over Parramatta on Saturday.

    Opening the innings, Condon and Australian Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill put on 196 for the first wicket before Condon fell for 110 off just 90 balls, an innings that included 12 fours and 4 sixes.

    Originally from Batemans Bay, Condon spent last year playing for ACT, playing in matches against England and Ireland.

    And after a difficult first season in Sydney, Condon is happy to hit some form early in 2015/16.

    "I'm happy to be contributing well but I'm trying to get rid of the 'young bloke' tag so I'm not really concerned by the age."

    "Bevo's helped me out a lot this season but the best bit of advice would be keep it simple and play to your strengths," Condon says.

    After a promising start to the season, Condon has set lofty goals, hoping to score 1000 runs and earn a NSW contract for next season, something which would be a dream come true.

    Coach Michael Bevan was full of praise for his side after their record-breaking victory over Parramatta on Saturday.

    Bevan, who is in his third season as coach, felt that despite last week’s narrow loss to Campbelltown-Camden, the side played some good cricket and was happy they took that into the game.

    The 229-run win was highlighted by Condon, who had good support from Peter Nevill and Ian Moran, who both made half centuries.

    "I know Claro addressed the players after the match in particular the batters and the importance of going on with the job which they did beautifully."

    "There have been some encouraging signs in the past two matches. Even in the first loss we played good solid cricket. It’s nice to hit the ground running after last season’s improvement which means we can continue to build on a high base." 

    "Like anything we will be tested moving forward and have bad days and it will be about how we respond to those on an on-going basis.

  • Clarence optimistic ahead of Parra clash 02-Oct-2015

    By Adam Bagnall

    Easts Dolphins First Grade captain Greg Clarence remains optimistic ahead of his side’s round 2 match against Parramatta in the Sydney Grade Cricket season.

    Ahead of the Dolphins’ first home game of the 2015/16 season, Clarence emphasised the need to build on good starts after a number of top order batsmen including Ian Moran (63) youngster Matt Condon (49) and Clarence himself (63) managed to get a start without going on with it.

    “We just need to be little bit more disciplined, particularly with the bat, to have three guys in the top 4 get 50, or thereabouts, you’ve really got to go on with it so we can build a better innings.

    "Training has been good, the guys are nice and busy, which is excellent, so preparation wise, we’re good to go.”

    Last season, Easts defeated Parramatta by six wickets in a two day match where they chased down a score of 335.

     

  • EASTS CRICKET STALWARTS MEET UP WITH CLUB LEGEND GREG BESOMO 25-Aug-2015

    On Sunday 23 August life members Bob Horsell, Dennis and David Hourn and long-time member Ron Boucher met up with club legend Greg Besomo at the Cronulla RSL for lunch, a few beers and to reminisce about their time with Greg at the club.

    Unfortunately Greg, also a life member, is facing a few health issues of late but was overjoyed to meet up with his fellow members and past players.  The get together was organised by Greg's brother in law Harold Donald, himself a former member of the club's management committee and club sponsor.

    Greg had an impressive record with Easts.  In a career which spanned 22 years from 1961 to 1983 Greg scored 5,971 runs and took 163 wickets for the club.  He was also a brilliant field.  Greg had a commanding presence at the crease and was a very hard hitter of the ball, hitting some monster sixes at grounds all around Sydney.  He debuted in first grade at the age of 17, scoring a very credible 40 and played mainly first and second grade during his career.

    Perhaps Greg's major achievement with Easts, which would be the envy of many a club man, is that he was a member of four premiership winning teams – Green Shield 1964 (when he scored a blistering 132); second grade 1969, first grade 1976 and second grade 1981 (as  captain).

    The club wishes Greg all the best for the future and hopefully we will see him at the Oval in the coming season.

    Photo shows (from left to right) Ron Boucher, Dennis Hourn, Greg, David Hourn and Bob Horsell.

  • VALE BRUCE WILLIAMSON 25-Aug-2015

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is today mourning the loss of of long-time supporter and member, Bruce Williamson, who passed away, aged 88, at St. Vincent’s Hospice following a stroke.
     
    If there was ever one constant at Waverley Oval, it would have to be Bruce. Rain, hail or shine Bruce wouldn't miss a game at Waverley and would always keep those around him entertained with his sense of humour. He had a memory and mind as sharp as anyone and will be sorely missed by all at the club.
     
    The club extend their condolences to Bruce's family and will be advising all members of funeral arrangements when it comes to hand.

    May he Rest In Peace.

  • Join Easts Dolphins and win a pre-season clinic with Nic Maddinson 14-Aug-2015

    This season, Easts Dolphins have exciting new junior packages to offer in consultation with partners the Sydney Sixers.

    All members who register before August 21 will go into the draw to win a clinic for their team with Easts Junior Ambassador and Sixers star Nic Maddinson!

    The draw will be conducted on September 1.

    This season's new initiatives in the junior packages include....

    • An invitation to the Easts-Sixers clinic to be held in mid-January.
    • Increased coaching support systems, including free specialist sessions at Waverley Oval.
    • Access to Easts' specialist private coaches.
    • Discounted Easts membership for junior parents.
    • Discounted Sydney Sixers memberships.

    All kids will receive and Easts shirt and cap upon registration and of course a place in one of our underage teams or In2Cricket Clinics.

    Click here for more information and links to the registration page.

  • Matt Tupper named Easts Dolphins Player of the Year 28-Apr-2015

    The season's leading wicket taker Matt Tupper was crowned Player of the Year at the club's annual Presentation night at Easts Leagues Club.

    Tupper took 41 wickets at 10.5, predominantly in Fourth Grade, to edge out Shane Devoy who was runner-up.

    Ian Moran with 971 runs won the batting aggregate award, while Junior Coordinator Leone McEntee was voted Clubperson of the Year.

    Full list of award winners below.

    Player of The Year: Matt Tupper

    Runner-up Player of the Year: Shane Devoy

    Clubperson of the Year: Leone McEntee

    Batting Aggregate: Ian Moran (971 runs)

    Bowling Aggregate: Matt Tupper (41 wickets)

    1st Grade Captain's Choice: Matt Condon

    2nd Grade Captain's Choice: Nick Kershaw

    3rd Grade Captain's Choice: Ben Bryant

    4th Grade Captain's Choice: Michael Quinn

    5th Grade Captain's Choice: David Nash

    Most Improved: Jacob Taucher

    Rookie of the Year: Udit Mehta

    Bob Wilson Perpetual Trophy: Ollie Maxwell

    PGs Player of the Year: Udit Mehta

    Green Shield Player of the Year: Kabir Agrawal

    Sandpit Player of the Year: Angus Palmer


  • 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."


  • Third Grade Grand Final Preview v Manly 02-Apr-2015

    Easts Dolphins will travel over the Spit Bridge to face Manly in the Third Grade Final. 

    Squad named to face Manly: Brenton Barker, Harry Brooks, Alex Brooks, Ben Bryant, James Deacon, Prinya Kham, Oliver Maxwell, Sam Mullens (wk), Angus Palmer ©, Mike Peacock, Jack Playfair, Jack Remond, Matt Sarkies, Alex Tunnadine.

    Captain Angus Palmer looks back on Third Grade's season and what he's expecting from Manly.

    Did you expect to be in this position at the start of the season?

    The initial goal at the start of the season was to make the finals. Third grade finished 14th last season and I wanted to improve on that result. I figured that the depth of a grade club is generally measured by your third grade's performance. We picked up a couple of useful players in the top grades this season so I figured with a bit improvement in the side, there was no reason why we couldn't go deep into the finals.

    What were the team's most memorable performances?

    There have been a few, starting with the first match of the season, which was a game we should never have won against Parramatta. It was an early test of character and injected self-belief into the playing group immediately. Our bounce back comprehensive win playing second placed Sutherland after being soundly beaten the week before against Penrith showed how much resolve we had as a side, while of late, the hard fought victory against an impressive and experienced Hawkesbury side was certainly memorable. And of course our win on the weekend against Penrith showed the intent and hunger within the side and that we weren't just pretenders and weren't going to falter the moment we played sudden death cricket.

    Are there a couple of standout individual performances that come to mind?

    Our bowlers have had a lot more joy than our batsmen, so the individual bowling efforts are harder to pin point. But considering game context and/or match situation I'd say the two best bowling performances would be Chris Hulston's 5/27 on a flat wicket against Manly in round 4 and Jack Playfair's 5/31 in an attempt to defend 68 two weeks ago against Sydney Uni. With the bat, the best individual performance was Alex Tunnadine's 146* last week which set us up to go into the Grand Final, while Ben Bryant's patient 102*against ND's in bowler friendly conditions was also up there.

    What's the biggest motivation for you to win a premiership?

    Hard to say because there are a number of motivators based on club, team and personal reasons. If it was one, it was that I was one of the catalyst's in the rejuvenation of the club and given the opportunity to progress the club on the field as well - a second premiership in as many seasons certainly goes a long way to show that the club is moving forward and at a rate of knots.

    How have you found moving down the Grades to captain 3's?

    It has certainly been different. You don't have the support at Trumper like you do at Waverley, so as a captain you are effectively also the team manager, and ground official, while you also need to source teas. In terms of the standard, sure there is a big gap in standard between 1's and 2's, but I haven't found 3's to be that different in standard to 2nd Grade. I have always thought, players that perform in 3's will always do well in 2's and it's shown with the guys in my side who have moved up during the season. The wickets and knowledge of the opposition is another thing, that is something new and have been learning as I go.

    What went wrong in the first finals match against Sydney Uni?

    There was interruption of varying types right from the warm up through to tea on Day 1. Firstly Ben Bryant managed to stick a pair of scissors through the top of his hand, so we immediately lost our highest averaging bat before a ball was bowled. This was followed by intermittent showers during the first hour of our innings which juiced the pitch up. By tea, we were that far behind in the game, but to our credit we luckily bought ourselves back into the contest after tea due to some inspired bowling. I think we probably also learnt our lesson about complacency and that just because you trounce a side in the regular season, it doesn't mean it is going to happen again.

    What are your thoughts on opponents Manly?

    They will be strong, no doubt. When we played them in round 4, we took first innings points by the end of the first day, but that was back in October, and I'm sure their side will be far better this time around. I have also hammered home to my players the difficulty of beating a strong team twice in the same comp or season, so we'll be ready to go come Saturday. Playing Manly, I expect some niggle, and I don't think this match will differ and I expect it to be a game where the pendulum will swing a number of times over the two days. I haven't lost to Manly in 6 seasons, so I'm not planning on that run ending this weekend.

    Who is the over-riding personality of the squad? Who are the main contributors in the dressing room?

    We have a few. Sam Mullens is without doubt the loudest and suffers from some chronic verbal diarrhea. Nathan Loveday is not far behind in terms of liking the sound of his own voice, despite it being with a different vernacular. Ollie Maxwell who has only recently cemented a spot in the side offers a different dimension with his left field text messages and random 'snapchat' pictures, while Matt Sarkies also offers some light entertainment making it a competition to say 'good morning' to every eastern suburbs mother that crosses within proximity to ear shot of him. Overall my players are easy to manage and are very receptive of what I ask.

    Who gets fined the most and who had the worst of 2014/15?

    At the back end of the season everyone was reaching their max out of $10 except Mike Peacock and Jack Remond. Prior to this Sam Mullens and Nathan Loveday were fined the heaviest. They both talk the most, so chances are higher they will say something stupid. We have also had a couple of players that struggle with the concept of being fined, namely Ben Bryant and Mud. Best fine of the season: Chris Hulston fining Mud for having a bad salad.

  • Nevill makes Test debut at Lord's 31-Mar-2015

    Easts wicketkeeper Peter Nevill earned selection for the second Ashes Test and became the 443rd player to wear the baggy green.

    "Nev" who joined Easts in 2008 after moving up from Victoria has been a brilliant clubman for the Dolphins, playing 94 matches accross all formats. 

    Last season he played one of his most memorable innings for the Dolphins, a match-winning 138* against a quality Fairfield-Liverpool attack.

    But it's been his record at the next level in Sheffield Shield that has earned his selection - a career average of just under 45 and 172 dismissals in 53 matches.  

    After a prolific season where he averaged 74 for the Blues, Nevill was selected as Brad Haddin's understudy for the tours of West Indies and the UK.

    The club congratulates Peter on his selection.

  • First Grade exit, but Thirds progress to Grand Final against Manly 30-Mar-2015

    Easts Dolphins have fallen one game short of a Grand Final appearance, but according to captain Greg Clarence have plenty reason for optimism.

    The Dolphins were outplayed by Bankstown in the semi-finals, losing by seven wickets on the first innings.

    But after finishes of 20th and 15th place in the preceding two seasons, the climb up to third position in 2014/15 has injected a huge dose of self-belief in the playing group.

    “We’ve played finals in all three formats this year and that’s where need to be,” Clarence said.

    “Considering we had a slowish start to the season, we’ve done really well collectively to improve.”

    “Although obviously disappointing to go out, there’s plenty to look forward to next year.”

    After winning the toss on a baron Bankstown wicket, the Dolphins couldn't make use of the conditions and fell to 5-91 at lunch.

    Nic Maddinson was the only man to get going in the morning session with 38 in as many balls.

    A brilliant innings from Adam Ezekiel helped Easts recover to 7-211 but once he fell for 89, the last three wickets tumbled for seven runs.

    With 29 overs still to play, Bankstown reached 0-55, leaving Easts a mountain to climb on the second day.

    The Bulldogs reached 127 before the first wicket fell and patiently accumulated the runs to reach their 219-run target.


    Third Grade have reached the Grand Final largely thanks to a brilliant batting display from Alex Tunnadine.

    Tunnadine scored an unbeaten 148, batting for five hours and facing 279 balls.

    That helped Easts post 8-274 before declaring shortly before stumps.

    The five over period proved highly fruitful as the Panthers collapsed to 3-10 on the back of fiery spell from Jack Playfair (4-28).

    Wickets were harder to come by on the second morning as Penrith reached 4-120 in what seemed batting friendly conditions.

    But Angus Palmer (2-28) made4 two quick breakthroughs that broke the back of the Panthers batting and they were eventually dismissed for 198.

    The Dolphins were asked to bat again and reached 3-74 when play was called off - with Jack Remond unbeaten on 45.

  • Three Easts Juniors named in Emerging Blues 30-Mar-2015

    In exciting news for the club’s future, three Easts juniors have been selected in the under 13s Emerging Blues Squad.

    Alex Van Vugt (pictured), Yianni Theodorakopolous, Freddy Walton (grandson of an Easts past president)and all gained selection.

    Playing up an age group in the under 14s, Van Vugt was a part of the premiership-winning under 14 Dynamite side averaged 9.29 with the ball this season.

    Walton was a part of the under 12 Maroons team that won the competition. He only played six matches this season but averages over 35 in over 76 games for the Dolphins.

    Theodorakopoulos like Van Vugt, played up an age group in the under 14s. A talented all-round, Yianni proved almost impossible to get away this season - his economy rate just 1.33.

    Congratulations to all!

  • First Grade defeat Sutherland to advance to semi-final showdown against Bankstown 23-Mar-2015

    Easts Dolphins are one win away from reaching the First Grade decider after defeating Sutherland in their qualifying final at Glenn McGrath Oval.

    On a lifeless wicket, Easts managed to dismiss Sutherland for 237 on the opening day before passing the target with three wickets to spare.

    Most pleasing for the Dolphins were the number of key contributions that led to the victory.

    Pacemen Tas Yazdani (4-51) and Jacob Taucher (3-61) provided good penetration, while spinner Shane Devoy (2-47) ensured the Sharks lower-order couldn't lead a revival.

    Easts were under pressure at 3-44 in the run-chase after NSW players Peter Nevill (14) and Nic Maddinson (5) fell cheaply. 

    But steadying knocks from Adam Ezekiel (61*) and Greg Clarence (50) calmed nerves.

    Devoy also chipped in 46 and although Easts lost two wickets while the scores were tied, victory in the end was relatively comfortable.

    The Dolphins will now face Bankstown in the semi-finals.

    ------------

    Third Grade lost a dramatic qualifying final in which 34 wickets fell over the two days.

    After being sent in, Easts were skittled for just 68 with Brenton Barker (26) top scoring.

    Sydney Uni were cruising in response at 0-32 but an inspired spell from Jack Playfair turned the match.

    Playfair bowled 19 overs straight, taking 5-31 and was given brilliant support from Matt Sarkies (4-16) who continued unchanged for 18 overs.

    The duo reduced Sydney Uni to 9-64 before a last wicket partnership of 14 gained Uni a lead of 10.

    Easts set out looking for quick runs, but again gave wickets away too easily to be dismissed in 35 overs for 105. Ollie Maxwell top scored with 25.

    Despite a slight wobble in their chase, Uni knocked off the target for the loss of just four wickets. Sarkies was again impressive, taking 2-26.

  • Easts teams announced for Grade Finals 19-Mar-2015

    First and Third Grade have named strong sides for their qualifying finals this weekend.

    In First Grade, NSW representatives Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson return to the side following their Sheffield Shield commitments.

    Greg Clarence will captain the side.

    Paceman Jacob Taucher has also been included after a prolific back half of the season.

    In Third Grade, Ben Bryant and Jack Remond come back to the team after both played Second Grade in the final round of the regular season.

    1st Grade v Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval

    Nic Maddinson
    Peter Nevill (wk)
    Matt Condon
    Ian Moran
    Greg Clarence ©
    Adam Ezekiel
    Shane Devoy
    Tas Yazdani
    Daniel Rootes
    Sandy Rogers 
    Jacob Taucher
    Peter Lazarus 

    3rd Grade v Sydney Uni at Waverley Oval

    Ben Bryant
    Brenton Barker (wk)
    Jack Remond
    Oliver Maxwell
    Prinya Kham
    Nathan Loveday
    Mike Peacock
    Matt Sarkies
    Angus Palmer ©
    Jack Playfair
    Harry Brooks
    James Deacon


  • Junior Easts Dolphins Triumph on Grand Final Day 16-Mar-2015

    It's been a weekend to remember for Easts after all four junior teams who qualified for Grand Finals coming home victorious.

    In the Under 14s Division one, Easts Dynamite comfortably defeated Randwick Thunder by seven wickets.

    The Dynamite dismissed Randwick for 91 with Jack Willis taking 3-11 off five overs.

    Willis then backed up that effort with 36 not out with the bat to help guide Easts to the total. Jack Attenborough also made 21.

    In the under-14s division 2 it was James Beasley who was the hero, taking 6-16 off 6 overs to help Easts Green dismiss Randwick for 94.

    Easts had a few wobbles in the chase but reached the target for the loss of six wickets with Hamish Dunstan scoring an unbeaten 23.

    In Under 12s Division 1, Sam Lodge took 3-6 off 5 overs to help dismiss Maccabi for 100.

    In response, February's Junior Player of the Month Archie Connell made 27 as Easts got home in a tense match with three wickets to spare

    In the Under 10 Colts, Easts Red won close Grand Final over Randwick by 5 runs.

    Eddie Regan retired at 20 and Jonathan Capp made an unbeaten 21 as Easts made 8-98 from 25 overs.

    Randwick only lost six wickets in the chase but fell short at 6-93 to give Easts the title. John Stratton's miserly 1-3 off 3 overs helping reduce the run-rate.

    Congratulations to all teams. Up the Dolphs!

  • Four Easts Junior teams to contest Grand Finals 12-Mar-2015

    Good Luck to our Junior Dolphins for this weekend's Finals.  Why not go down to the grounds and cheer on the boys!! 

    - Under 10 Colts on Sat 14 March (1:20 PM) Easts Red take on Randwick Juniors Renegades at Pioneer Park

    - Under 12 Division 1 on Sun 15 March (9:00 AM) Easts Maroon play Maccabi at Nagle Park Maroubra

    - Under 14 Division 2 on Sun 15 March (9.00 AM) Easts Green fight it out against Randwick Thunder at Pioneer Park

    - Under 14 Division 1 on Sun 15 March (9.00AM) Easts Dynamite play Randwick Thunder on Snape Oval (of Heffron 3 if wet)

  • Easts Dolphins team announced to face Manly in Limited-Overs Semi-Final 27-Feb-2015

    Easts Dolphins will face off for a place in the First Grade Limited-Overs final against Manly this Sunday.

    The Dolphins defeated Mosman by 55 runs in the quarter-finals, but will be in for a sterner test against the Waratahs who are unbeaten this season.

    Easts will be without NSW representatives Nic Maddinson and Peter Nevill due to their Sheffield Shield commitments this week, but will welcome back paceman Sandy Rogers who missed the quarter-final with a foot injury.

    Spinner Shane Devoy (pictured) shapes as the key man for Easts in the one-day format, taking 13 wickets at an average 10.

    Play commences 10am at Manly Oval.

    Kevin Pillay (c)
    Matt Condon
    Angus Robson
    Ian Moran
    Greg Clarence
    Adam Ezekiel
    Tas Yazdani
    Shane Devoy
    Sandy Rogers
    Daniel Rootes
    Jacob Taucher
    Peter Lazarus

  • Twelve junior teams make finals 27-Feb-2015

    Twelve Easts Dolphins Junior Teams have made the qualifying finals this weekend with at least one team in every age group.  Congratulations to the following teams: 

    Under 10 Colts

    - Easts Red
    - Easts Panters
    - Easts Scorchers
    - Easts Lightening Bolts

    Under 12 Division 2

    - Easts Scorpions
    - Easts Marlins

    Under 12 Division 1

    - Easts Firecrackers
    - Easts Maroon

    Under 14 Division 2

    - Easts Green

    Under 14 Division 1

    - Easts Dynamite
    - Easts Marauders

    Under 16

    - Easts White

    Well done to all the players, coaches and managers and good luck for the weekend ahead.

  • Local community enjoys West Indies visit to Easts 13-Feb-2015

    Easts have played their part in the Cricket World Cup, hosting West Indies in their pre World Cup camp at Waverley Oval.

    The entire Windies squad was in attendance including global superstar Chris Gayle. The staff also had plenty of plenty of star power with Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Clive Lloyd (chairman of selectors) and Sir Curtly Ambrose (bowling coach) in attendance.

    Local residents were warned that there was an increased risk to their cars parked surrounding the ground and with good reason as ball flew out of Waverley for most of the week. Gayle hit one ball down to the adjacent petrol station and Andre Russell hit one of the biggest sixes of the week up over cover and into café.

    Players were only too happy to give their time to fans who came to the ground and watch.

    A presentation was held on Thursday afternoon with Richardson presenting the club with two signed West Indies shirts.

    The Club and West Indies extended a large thanks to Waverley Council, who provided great assistance with the organisation and catering of the week.

  • Team announced for QF against Mosman 13-Feb-2015

    Easts Dolphins will face Mosman in the quarter-finals of the First Grade Limited-Overs competition on Sunday February 15 at Waverley Oval.

    The Dolphins finished third in the regular season, while the Whales were sixth.

    Paceman Sandy Rogers has been ruled out with a foot injury, while Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson are absent on Sheffield Shield duty.

    Kevin Pillay will captain the side as the Dolphins bid to improve on their quarter-final effort in the same competition in 2013/14.

    TEAM

    Greg Clarence

    Tas Yazdani

    Adam Ezekiel

    Matt Condon

    Shane Devoy

    Ian Moran

    Kevin Pillay (c)

    Steffan Piolet

    Angus Robson

    Daniel Rootes

    Nathan Rowe

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  • Easts Dolphins to host West Indies at Waverley Oval in World Cup build-up 26-Jan-2015

    Easts Dolphins are set to welcome West Indies to Waverley Oval in the build-up to the World Cup. 

    The newly developed Waverley Oval will host its first international cricket team with West Indies choosing the facility as a training base.

    From February 2-6, West Indies will train at the ground, providing both senior and junior players with the opportunity to get involved and get up close with some of the game's biggest stars.

    Easts President Jim Maxwell says the trip is already causing much excitement within the club.

    "It's terrific that our club can play a part in the game's showpiece event," Maxwell said.

    "We have a terrific facility here at Waverley Oval and to be able to showcase that to the community and West Indies is a wonderful opportunity."

    "I'm sure our players, members and sponsors are all looking forward to getting involved in the week."

    Easts will host West Indies at a dinner function during the week, with dates and times to be confirmed.

    West Indies Training Times at Waverley Oval

    Mon Feb 2 3pm-4.30pm: Fielding
    Tues Feb 3 9:30am-12:30pm: Nets and fielding
    Wed Feb 4 9:30am-12:30pm: Nets and fielding
    Thur Feb 5 9:30am-1:30pm: Match simulation

  • Green Shield enter Christmas with a victory 23-Dec-2014

    Green Shield have won one of their first three games up to the Xmas period.

    The Dolphins have bowled first in all three games and impressed, keeping the opposition’s scores to 183, 168 and 166.

    Leg-spinner Mitchell Clayton, who has been training with the senior squad, leads the wicket tally with seven.

    However, despite some good starts from the top order the boys haven’t been able to make the runs they would have liked.

    The highlight came in the second match, where Easts chased down Blacktown’s score of 168.

    Angus Callan made 57 from 74 balls and Max Patterson 32 as the Dolphins chased the target down with three overs to spare.

  • Maddinson invites Junior Dolphins to a Sydney Sixers Birthday Bash 16-Dec-2014

    Nic Maddinson is giving Easts junior cricketers a money can't buy experience for the first T20 Big Bash game against Melbourne Renegades on Friday night.

    Maddinson, Easts' Junior Amabassador, has organised for a section of the SCG to be reserved for 200 junior members and 22 kids will get to play on the famous ground before the match takes place.

    The night will see the kids celebrate Maddo's 23rd Birthday, which is two days later on December 21. The opener will meet and greet the kids after the game.

    "I've been lucky enough to play the role I have with Easts juniors and part of that is linking with the Sixers as well," Maddinson said.

    "It's important to get the juniors to the games and hopefully the kids will enjoy the experience and help inspire them to keep playing."

    Of course Maddinson will be hoping the Sixers can put on a good show for the kids and is confident the team has the right balance to contend for the title.

    "I think the strongest part of our squad is that we have a lot of players that have played in all three Big Bashes"

    "We have all played together a lot now."

    Maddinson will be  joined in the squad by 18-year-old Easts opener Matt Condon who won a rookie contract after some impressive performances.

    Both will turn out for Easts on Saturday against Randwick-Petersham in the inaugural Rivalry Round, with the Dolphins looking to bounce back from a loss to North Sydney.

    "I think last week was disappointing to lose the way we did - another 10 or 15 runs and we could have won," Maddinson said.

    "We've played well this year and beaten some good clubs so far but the game against Randwick is a big one".

  • Dolphins pay respects to Phillip Hughes at Waverley Oval 30-Nov-2014

    Easts Dolphins joined the cricket community in paying tribute to Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

    With all Grade cricket called off, Easts players and members gathered at Waverley Oval to lay out 63 bats against the picket fence and observe a minute’s silence.

    Hughes was a close friend to many players at the club, including off-spinner Daniel Rootes, who led the tributes.

    “It was great to be able to pay our respects – It was special, we had a bat of his there and one of the shirts he gave me.” Rootes said.

    “It was evident he was phenomenal cricketer – but he was also an unbelievable bloke.”

    “He’d be sitting up there with a cheeky grin wondering what’s with all the attention he’s getting.” 

    “He was just a great country lad, who loved his cricket, his sport and his cattle. “

    The mood was sombre with players who did not even know Hughes personally, deeply affected by the accident.

    Easts President Jim Maxwell, who has covered the game for over 40 years with the ABC, said never before had he seen such a tragic event.

     “There  is a blank mental void for everyone, whether or not they’re connected to the game,” Maxwell said.

    “I think its touched everyone at the club – I know my own son Oliver was affected by it and he never even met Phillip.”

    “Everyone is numbed“

    “The whole of Eastern Suburbs joins everyone else in mourning the loss of such a brilliant cricketer taken from us so suddenly.

    Grade cricket is scheduled to resume next week with Easts taking on North Sydney at Waverley Oval.

  • Junior Dolphins show promise with big partnership 10-Nov-2014

    Two of Easts' talented junior cricketers have enjoyed a day to remember piling on a 116-run partnership in the Under 14s Division 1 competition.

    Finn Simpson and Josh Levin put on a 116 for the first wicket, before Josh was dismissed for 45.

    The day got better for Finn, who went on to make a rare junior century finishing unbeaten on 106 off 145 balls. The Easts Marauders team easily chased their target of 171 with seven wickets to spare.

    Congrats to both boys!

  • Ian Moran notches 10,000 runs as Easts beat St George 03-Nov-2014

    It’s been an incredible start to the season for Easts all-rounder Ian Moran and it’s now been capped with an achievement that will ensure his career of achievements is remembered for years to come.

    Moran passed 10,000 runs in First Grade and is just the fifth player to do so with more than 300 wickets. To celebrate the milestone, Moran smashed an unbeaten 113 to help guide Easts to a comprehensive victory over St George.

    The 35-year-old has had a prolific start to the season in all formats, hitting two centuries and three half-centuries out of his eight innings so far.

    "I was bit nervous leading up to it," Moran said 

    "It’s an achievement I’m proud to have and certainly a significant one."

    "My brother actually pointed out to me before the start of the season that I needed less than 200 to reach it, so I was hoping to get it early, but probably didn’t expect it to come this quickly."

    Easts resumed day two against St George at 2-141, needing only a further 31 runs for first innings points.

    Moran and Peter Lazarus eased the Dolphins passed the target with the latter disappointed to fall just 13 runs short of a maiden First Grade century.

    Easts batted on and declared at 3-290 with Greg Clarence getting some handy time in the middle in his first game of the season with an unbeaten 40.

    Lightning and rain brought an early end to the day with St George 1-43 in their second innings, but the victory pushed Easts up to third on the ladder.

    Lower Grade wrap in Match Reports.

  • Squad announced for T20 Kingsgrove Cup semi-finals against Randwick-Petersham 29-Oct-2014

    Easts have named a 12-man squad to take on Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval on October 30 at 3.30pm.

    Although Peter Nevill is absent on NSW duty, Nic Maddinson will be available due to his selection in the Australian T20 squad. Sussex all-rounder Steffan Piolet has also been included after missing the final two matches.

    Matt Condon has been ruled out due to his commitments with ACT and Daniel Rootes will also miss the clash due to a torn calf.

     The winner of the match will face St George in the Sixers Conference final at the SCG on Sunday.

    • Adam Ezekiel (c)
    • Will Eaton
    • Nic Maddinson
    • Ian Moran
    • Kevin Pillay
    • Steffan Piolet
    • Jack Playfair
    • Sam Reading
    • Nathan Rowe
    • Jacob Taucher
    • Tas Yazdani
    • Matthew Yiend

  • Bryant named PG's captain 14-Oct-2014

    Ben Bryant has been named captain for Easts' Poidevin-Gray Shield team for season 2014/15. Will Eaton has been named vice-captain.

    Both Bryant and Eaton have come through the Dolphins juniors, Green Shield and academy programs. They were both first selected in the Green Shield squad in 2008/09.

    The six-round competition gets underway on Sunday October 26 with Easts hosting Gordon at Waverley Oval.

    Full squad here.

  • Easts win two from two against Gordon in pre-season trials 22-Sep-2014

    With the Sydney Grade competition starting this weekend, Easts took on Gordon in two trial matches over the weekend, with a win in both matches. This is a great sign in the lead up to the season starting with indications that the club has even more depth heading into season 2014/15 with a lot of players fighting out for spots in all five grades.

    On Saturday a number of new players to the club were eager to impress in a lower grade trial at Turramurra Oval. Easts were sent into bat on a lifeless slow wicket. Easts ended up 6/208 after their 50 overs with both openers Sam Hulston and Sam Smyth both retiring for 33 a piece at the first drinks break. Former Sydney keeper batsmen Sam Mullens top scored for Easts with 55 also retired while Reuben Taucher contributed 29. Gordon were always behind in their chase as wickets continually fell and they were eventually bowled out in the 44th over for 189 with Angus Palmer 3/24, Chris Hulston 2/30 and new English import Steve Lewis 2/30 the main wicket takers.

    On Sunday at Killara Oval a composite 1st/2nd grade side also took on Gordon in a rain reduced match. Easts didn’t start well losing two wickets in the first over before James Deacon and Tom Gallop set about resurrecting the innings. James Deacon eventually retired for 68 with contributions from Matt Yiend 42 and Tas Yazdani 38. Gordon set about their chase with caution, but as the run rate increased, wickets fell with 24 required off the last two overs. Gordon finished 14 short at 8/197 with Sandy Rogers 2/30 Nathan Rowe 2/35, and Jack Playfair 2/36 the main wicket takers.


  • Easts Dolphins Secure Five Star Major Sponsor for Season 2014/15 19-Sep-2014

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is delighted to announce Sydney’s newest five-star luxury hotel, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has signed as Major Partner for the 2014/15 season.

    The new hotel, due to open on Cross Street in Double Bay in November 2014, will support the club as the Major Partner this season, and host the club’s Corporate Lunch on 21 November 2014 as one of the first events to be held in its Grand Ballroom.

    ESCC President Jim Maxwell said the partnership was a major coup and encouraged all members to continue to support the club's sponsors that are vital for the development of the game in the local area.

    “The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be a fantastic new addition to our neighbourhood. It’s wonderful to have the hotel’s support as Major Partner for our Club, which allows us to provide outstanding cricket programs for all our players from the senior ranks to the juniors.” 

    General Manager of InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Frederic Brohez said supporting the local community is vitally important to the hotel team.

    “We are very excited to partner with a community cricket club with such a great reputation, strong values and a rich and proud history, having serviced families in the local area for more than 120 years,” he said.

    “We are especially thrilled to support a club so keenly focused on developing, coaching and supporting the younger members of the local community.”




    The new hotel offers locals and visitors alike a stylish retreat getaway in revitalised Double Bay, with 140 guest rooms and suites, a stunning rooftop pool and lounge overlooking the bay, restaurant and bar, exclusive Club InterContinental lounge, and a variety of great spaces for functions and social events.

    InterContinental Sydney Double Bay also offers a ground floor retail space with additional dining and entertainment options, including Sake Restaurant & Bar, bakery, wellness centre and 24-hour gym.

    “We very much look forward to welcoming members of the club, their family and their friends into the hotel, once our doors open in November.”

    Opening special for Club members

    Be one of the first to stay at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay with a special opening rate from AU$390 per night, including breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant.

    The hotel is taking reservations now for stays from 15 November, 2014. 

    For more information and reservations, visit www.intercontinental.com/doublebay or call 13 83 88.




  • ESCC Grade Captains announced for season 2014/15 17-Sep-2014

    The Selection Committee are pleased to announce the following captain's for season 2014/15.

    1st Grade: Kevin Pillay

    2nd Grade: Matthew Yiend

    3rd Grade: Angus Palmer

    4th Grade: Tim Brown

    5th Grade: George Black

    The PG and Green Shield captains will be announced prior to the commencement of their competitions.

    Grade Team announcements for round one will be made at Waverley Oval on Tuesday September 23 at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a dinner at the Eastern Hotel afterwards.


  • Easts to face Parramatta in opening round of Sydney Grade Cricket season 12-Sep-2014

    The Sydney Grade Cricket draw has finally been released with Easts Dolphins to face Parramatta in the opening round.

    First Grade will play at Old Kings Oval in Parramatta, while Second Grade will get first use of Waverley Oval for the season.

    Day one of the opening round will see Nic Maddinson make his debut for the Dolphins, while fellow NSW Blue Peter Nevill will also line up on the 27th of September.

    In round two, Easts will face defending premiers Sydney University, while the much-anticipated Rivalry Round will pit the Dolphins against local foes Randwick-Petersham on December 20.

    You can view the full draw here.

  • Waverley Oval to get new synthetic nets 09-Sep-2014

    In a win for cricket participation in the local area, Waverley Oval will have two new synthetic practise nets built by the end of this year.

    They will be located near the existing synthetic wickets. In addition, the two existing nets are being refurbished, which is underway as we speak. We have received a grant from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation for $25,000, which will cover half the project cost of $50,000. Waverley Council and CNSW and Malcolm Turnbull have also made meaningful contributions which means we can fund our share from internal resources. 

    The new and refurbished nets will give our coaching staff greater flexibility, reduce ball wear and tear and give opportunities for our Junior teams to train at Waverley Oval.

  • Juniors Season launch Saturday September 6 01-Sep-2014

    Welcome Letter by Leone McEntee (junior co-ordinator)

    Dear Coaches and Managers,

    Firstly please let me say a huge WELCOME (back) to you all and a big thank you for giving up your valuable time to commit to helping our children come to love the game of Cricket!!

    As you may be aware, Easts Dolphins is one of Sydney’s oldest cricket clubs and we have one of the largest junior cricket clubs in the country. Many great cricketers have played for our Club and I hope that you, your children and your families enjoy your time with our club.

    This time of year is a very busy time for me and for our junior committee as we endeavour to put all the children wanting to play cricket in their teams ready for the upcoming season that commences on 13th September for most of the juniors and on 20th September for the T20Blast participants.  The teams will be distributed to you all and I hope that they will be correct. However if you find any anomalies or errors, please let me know as soon as you can.

    There are a number of administrative matters that I would like to bring your attention to and please forgive me if you already know all of this.

    On 6th September we are holding an information day and welcome at Waverley Oval for all coaches, managers and new parents to the Club.  The revised summary due to we weather is... 

    10am Welcome
    10.10 Explanation of the T20 Blast and Q&A
    10.30 Managers workshop and Q&A on MyCricket 
    10.50 Kit collection and Q&A
    11.30 Wrap up (if not before)

    The age coordinators are your first point of call if you have any questions or need assistance.  They are:
    Under 8 Leone McEntee 0410432505
    Under 10 Iain Dunstan 0412407208
    Under 12 Jonathan Seward 0437398710
    Under 14 &16 Marcus van Vugt 0411332180

    Easts Dolphins are committed to engaging children in the great game of cricket.  We are serious about our vision for junior cricket (refer http://www.eastscricket.com.au/easts-junior-vision-strategy) and expect our volunteers and players to abide by the Spirit of Cricket at all times. To that end I would ask you to pass on to your team parents the following message from our Junior Committee…..

    As we approach the start of the new season, the Easts Junior Committee thought it worthwhile to send you all a reminder of our obligations in relation to our Club, teams and children who participate and we apologise if this seems obvious to most of you.
     
    Our role is to provide a platform for children to participate and enjoy this amazing sport that we all hold so dear. It is an opportunity for children to develop teamwork skills, management skills, play with their friends and understand what it means to be part of a team. We want as many children playing as possible and to keep on playing season after season because they enjoy it.
     
    Winning your respective competition is not the primary reason we play. Everyone enjoys winning and we hope each team enjoys success, however not at all costs. We expect all teams, their coaches, managers and parents to play ‘within the spirit of the game’.  Teams should aim to rotate players so that every child gets a turn.
     
    Please keep at the forefront of your mind that we are all participating in children’s sport. Umpires are human and volunteers as well.  They make mistakes as do we all.  Please do not question umpires decisions even if you know they are wrong. It sets a very poor example for adults to do this in front of the children and contradicts everything we try and teach them. Should you have a serious issue or complaint please report this to the Junior Coordinator or your Age Coordinator for action.  

    We hope you and your kids have a great season!
     
    Information will be updated on our website on a weekly basis, so please check the website regularly.  Our newsletter – The Fin Review – will also be circulated at regular intervals via email to our database.

    I look forward to meeting you on Saturday!

    Cheers,
    Leone

    Leone McEntee
    Junior Coordinator
    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club
    0410 432 505
    leone@eastscricket.com.au

  • Green Shield squad announced 23-Aug-2014

    The Green Shield Selection Committee for 2014/15 are delighted to announce the club's AW Green Shield Squad for the upcoming season:

    1. Kabir Agrawal
    2. Tommy Arms 
    3. Matt Buchanan 
    4. Angus Callan 
    5. Mitch Clayton
    6. Charlie Crammond 
    7. Zac Hersov
    8. Fergus Martin 
    9. Max Patterson 
    10. Cooper Rice-Brading
    11. Harry Round
    12. Will Scott
    13. Finn Stenmark
    14. Nick Williams 
    15. Nicholas Wingrove

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    The Club will be announcing the names of boys to trial as members of the Club's development squad. These boys will receive additional coaching with a view to playing Green Shield in the coming seasons.

    Many of the boys named have played in our junior club teams and some started their cricket in the Club's In2Cricket program. 

    The Club thanks all boys who trialled for the Green Shield squad and wishes all the boys the best for the following season. The squad's training sessions and practice matches will be announced shortly.

  • EASTS FINALISE FIRST-CLASS COACHING LINE-UP 20-Aug-2014

    Former Test player Greg Matthews has re-joined the club he once played - as a spin bowling consultant - finalising Head Coach Michael Bevan’s senior coaching structure.

    Bevan is returning for his second season in charge but has new staff in 2014/15, which include assistant coach Murray Creed, fast bowling coach Steve Nikitaras and now Matthews.

    Creed, is the creator of online coaching program Cetrewicket.com, and was a member of the NSW Blues squad and played first-class cricket in South Africa. He also captained UNSW to a limited-overs triumph. Creed specialises in batting coaching and will work individually with players throughout the season.

    Nikitaras was a feared fast bowler in NSW in the late 90s and early 2000s and played Shield Cricket for Western Australia. Coming with an old-school approach to bowling Nikitaras brings a wealth of technical expertise and will work with the quicks through the season.

    COACHING STRUCTURE

    Head coach: Michael Bevan
    Assistant coach: Murray Creed
    Fast Bowling coach: Steve Nikitaris
    Spin Bowling consultant: Greg Matthews
    Green Shield: Daniel Rootes

    The Junior coaching structure will be announced at their season launch on September 6.

  • Easts under 8s T20 Blast 18-Aug-2014

    Cricket NSW and MILO have teamed up to deliver the latest sports program for kids – MILO T20 Blast!  This season the T20 Blast format will replace the modified Under 8 Competition run by the South Eastern Junior Cricket Association (SEJCA).

    The SEJCA MILO T20 Blast competition is open to players in the U8 age groups. It is an ideal format for any boys or girls who played in the Milo In2Cricket program last season. It is also a good introduction to cricket for those who have not played a match format before.

    The traditional modified Under 10s Mods Cricket format will continue for those players more experienced with the game.

    Easts will be contacting all players registered to play in the Under 10 Mods to determine which format they wish to play. 

    Easts are of the view that those children who participated in the Under 8 Competition would be advised to continue to participate in the Under 10 Mods format.  However, players and teams may choose the T20 Blast should they wish.

    The following FAQs have been provided by SEJCA and hopefully answer any questions you have.  There is also information on the program on the Cricket NSW website at http://www.t20blast.com.au/

    However if you have any other questions, please contact Marcus van Vugt, Junior Coordinator on 0411 332 180 or marcus@eastscricket.com.au.

    What is MILO T20 Blast?

    MILO T20 Blast is the new era of junior cricket – the real thing! It’s fast, fun, quick, active, energetic and dynamic – everything kids are looking for in entertainment. It is small-sided games of modified cricket designed to develop social and physical skills while maximising participation for all kids in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

    Why has SEJCA decided to support T20 Blast?

    In order to provide a smoother/cleaner progression to senior cricket the SEJCA committee is introducing a T20 Blast format between Milo In2Cricket and the SEJCA competition for 8 and 9 year olds. This is in-line with many other associations around Australia and we are looking forward to working with Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia on this exciting initiative.

    Who can play MILO T20 Blast?

    The SEJCA MILO T20 Blast format is aimed at boys and girls aged 8 – 9 years, of all abilities. It is a game-based program designed to build on the skills learnt in the MILO in2CRICKET program, however it is also suitable for first-timers in this age group.

    When does MILO T20 Blast run?

    There will be a MILO T20 Blast season scheduled during the SECJA cricket season in 2014-15 starting on 20 September and consists of 16 sessions.

    How long is a MILO T20 Blast game?

    MILO T20 Blast games go for between 60 and 90 minutes.

    What does my child receive as a participant?

    Each MILO T20 Blast participant receives 16 action-packed games of MILO T20 Blast in an exciting carnival atmosphere designed to give them a taste of what it’s like to play T20.  Each participant receives a MILO T20 Blast t-shirt, KFC T20 Big Bash League team cap and other great MILO giveaways.

    My child participated in a one-day school program. Is this the same as MILO T20 Blast?

    Schools around Australia are participating in one-day carnival’s called MILO T20 Blast School Cups. These events are designed to provide a taster of the MILO T20 Blast program. If your child enjoyed the school experience, they will love the eight-week program. CNSW will also be promoting the format to local schools in the South Eastern suburbs.

    How can I register my child to play MILO T20 Blast?

    It’s easy register to play MILO T20 Blast. Whether you’re looking to register an individual child or a group of friends, you can register online with your local club. 

    What equipment does my child need to provide?

    None. All equipment is provided at a MILO T20 Blast centre. Children may use their own bats if they wish, however all equipment should be clearly named prior to arriving at the centre.

    What protective equipment is used?

    Due to the soft nature of the ball used in MILO T20 Blast, no protective equipment is required. However, if wicketkeepers wish to stand-up to the stumps, they must wear a helmet with a full face guard. 

    Who runs a MILO T20 Blast centre?

    Each MILO T20 Blast centre is fully coordinated by a trained and qualified Deliverer who manages the entire process: registration, set up of grounds, collation of results and clean-up of the venue. However, parental involvement is welcomed, with many opportunities to interact with the children as scorers, umpires or match managers.

    What is required from parents?

    Parents are a vital part of every MILO T20 Blast Centre. When your family signs up to your local MILO T20 Blast Centre, there are many ways you can get involved and make the experience a true family experience.  See your local MILO T20 Blast Deliverer or local club for ideas on how you can get involved.

    Are MILO T20 Blast participants insured?

    Yes, once a participant’s parent/guardian registers they are insured.

    Children who register to play with Easts Dolphins as an Under 8s Junior Player will automatically be part of the T20 Blast Competition. 

    They will still receive an Easts uniform and participate in Easts Juniors training sessions.

    It is likely that the games will be played at Rowland Park, Bunnerong Road Daceyville over two time slots.

  • Easts to host T20 double header 23-Jul-2014

    The draw for this season's Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup has been unveiled in a new format, with Easts set to play four matches over two separate days in the 'Sixers Conference'.

    Match Day One on Sunday October 12 sees the Dolphins travel to Wollongong to play Illawarra and Randwick-Petersham. 

    Match Day Two on Sunday October 19 will see Easts host two matches at Waverley Oval against Newcastle and North Sydney, with a big members day planned to celebrate the event.

    In an exciting initiative, the conference semi-finals and finals will be played under lights with the decider to played at the SCG.

    The full draw is available here.

  • Green Shield trials set to commence 21-Jul-2014

    ESCC welcome all players who are 15 years or under as at 31 August 2014 to trial for our Green Shield team. 


    As previously advised trials will commence on Sunday 3 August at the Sydney Boys High nets from 10am -12pm. Due to many of the boys interested being involved in NSW Academy squads the second day has been altered to 5.30 pm-7.30 pm at the SCG/SFS indoor nets to accommodate the numerous boys who are members of NSW Academy Squads and may wish to try out.

    Those trials will lead to the naming of a provisional squad tht will be published on the Club's website.

    This season the team will be coached by Rod Foord, Level 2 coach and one of our current First grade players Daniel Roots, both of them are also selectors. The third selector will be Michael Furlong. Their respective cricketing and coaching resumes are available on our website for the boys and parents to view.

    It is an integral part of the club's policy that those selected in the Green Shield squad this year  will be become an integral part of the club playing staff and will practice with the senior players as often as possible. Those selected in the final squad will receive their caps at the same time as the grade players in the club's annual ceremony.

    The Club takes this opportunity to remind all aspirants for selection of the high quality of Waverley Oval, its playing surface and environs. It is one of the finest cricket wickets in Sydney and presents opportunities for boys who can bat and bowl to excel. The Management Committee of the Club is determined to field a competitive Green Shield team in this season and following seasons.

    Players within the Easts Green Shield system will get access to all the coaching resources during the program, which include Club coach and former Australian player Michael Bevan, assistant coach Murray Creed and fitness co-ordinator Wayne Geber.

    Initial Trial dates

    • Sunday 3rd August 2014 from 10am to 12 noon at Sydney Boys High School nets
    • Sunday 10th August from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Sydney Cricket Ground nets

    Please contact Rod Foord on 0419 711 000 or rodfoord@bigpond.com if you would like to register your interest.

  • Maddinson joins Easts as Junior Ambassador 11-Jul-2014

    Easts Dolphins are excited to announce that NSW and Sydney Sixers star Nic Maddinson has joined the club.
     
    The left-handed batsmen is still only 22 years old, despite having already played 38 first-class matches and represented Australia in T20 cricket.
     
    Aside from playing for Easts when his representative duties permit, Maddinson also joins the club as an ESCC Ambassador for Juniors with a view to helping grow, develop and promote the game in the local area.
     
    ESCC is currently one of only two grade teams in Australia to administer a junior cricket club as well as a senior club under its central Committee of Management. Last season ESCC Junior Club rose to over 650 members.

    Maddinson, is enthusiastic about helping the game grow in the Eastern Suburbs region he now resides in.

    "I am very much looking forward to it. Easts has a proud and rich history and has produced some very good cricketers over the last few years. Hopefully I can help Easts win a few premierships along the way".  
     
    "I also look forward to working with the Easts Dolphins Juniors in helping provide positive pathways for the junior cricketers to help improve their games and progress them into ESCC senior grade cricket club and then hopefully higher cricket ranks from there".
     
    Maddinson will also get the chance to work with club coach Michael Bevan, who was himself a talented young left-hander from the country before going on to win two World Cups and being one of Australia's leading domestic and international batsman.
     
    Easts President Jim Maxwell believes the signing of Maddinson is a great move for the Senior and Junior Cricket Clubs.
     
    "Nic's arrival at Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is met with great enthusiasm. He has advanced cricketing skills and we look forward, through our strong cricket and off field networks, to aid his own on going development. I know there will be some very excited Easts Junior Cricketers who want to meet and work with Nic. There are a lot of great things happening at the club. We welcome Nic on board to be part of it all"

  • The Eastern strengthens ties with the Dolphins for 2014/15 07-Jul-2014

    Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is proud to announce The Eastern Hotel as the major pub sponsor for 2014/15.

    The timing couldn't be better with The Eastern recently launching their new 'Levels of it' campaign, which has been a major hit on the local social scene since its inception.

    The Eastern houses four unique levels each with its own amazing offering. Perched on the top is El 

    Topo which was recently named as Sydney's most authentic Mexican restaurant. 

    Downstairs from this is El Topo Basement, a brand new live music venue with a variety of spaces available for private hire. 

    Move down a level again and you'll find the GoodTime Diner, a New Orleans inspired restaurant serving up mouth-watering American style smoked meats and classic cocktails. On the ground floor sits GoodTime Burgers a more casual bar where sport is played on the big screens and where you can feast on some of Sydney's biggest gourmet burgers.

    The venue will be the first choice for Easts players for post match functions, while there will also be incentives for our junior players and their parents to enjoy the excellent food on offer through the season.

    The club will begin the partnership with a launch function after the club's AGM on Sunday the 20th of July.

    Make sure you check them out for $1 Taco night on Wednesday night's from 6pm at El Topo Basement!

  • Dolphin Sam Robson picked for England 06-Jun-2014

    Although the primary goal is usually to prepare players to wear the Baggy Green, Easts Dolphins are proud to add another Test Cricketer to the honour board after Sam Robson was named to play for England.

    Robson, a popular figure at the Dolphins, has played 104 games for the Dolphins (so far!) across all formats, scoring 3766 at 40.49 including nine centuries. Not to be forgotten were his leg-spinners which saw him take 81 wickets at 26.8.  

    Robson debuted for the Dolphins in 2007/08 at age 18 after coming to the club from UNSW and returns to the Dolphins set up after the UK county season had finished. Although it may be some time before he is able to return again.

    ESCC Vice President Max Abbott, who played with Robson when he first arrived, said the club is extremely proud of Sam’s achievements.

    “I think I can safely say everyone who played with Sam in his time at Easts will be delighted.”

    “Sam had a big impact on the culture within the playing group during his time here and that imprint is still very much here today.”

    “He was always a class above at Grade level and given his work ethic – I don’t think anyone is surprised to see him reach the top.”

    “He’s certainly one of the best blokes I played with and I'm sure there are many others who would say the same thing.”

    The First Test starts on June 12.

    WELL DONE SAMMY!

  • Michael Bevan re-signs, Murray Creed named assistant 04-Jun-2014

    Easts Dolphins are pleased to announce two-time World Cup winner Michael Bevan has agreed to a one-year contract extension for the 2014/15 season as Head Coach.

    In his first season in charge, Easts won silverware for the first time since 2007/08 after Fourth Grade won the Premiership and all grades bar one improved their table position.

    Bevan said he always planned on signing on for a second year.

    “Coaching is never really a one year gig as changing and improving the culture and attitude of players takes time,” Bevan said.

    “I think this is a driving factor with regards to my coaching in general and why I wanted to re-sign.”

    In 2014/15, Bevan will be joined by former first-class player Murray Creed as the club’s assistant coach. Creed is the creator of the online coaching service Centre Wicket and has spent recent seasons coaching with UNSW.

    Bevan said Creed was the perfect candidate and is looking forward to building upon plans from last season.

    “Last year we really just kept it simple and worked on the basics in all facets.” 

    “This year we should be able to take the next step in terms of working on developing more complex game plans and increase the variety and quality of training drills.”

    Easts President Jim Maxwell admitted even he was surprised by the level of quality the club has been able to attract in the coaching ranks.

    “There can’t be many clubs with two former first-class players and level 3 coaches in their ranks,” Maxwell said.

    “It’s great having Michael signed on again to build on his work from last year and I know Murray personally and am sure he will add great value on the training pitch.”

    Although part of the squad have already begun pre-season work with fitness trainer Wayne Geber – the official start to the pre-season will commence on July 30.

    Players wishing to play at the Dolphins under Bevan this season can get on the mailing list via the 'Contact Seniors' button on the home page.

  • Waverley Oval runner-up in Ground of the Year 13-May-2014

    Waverley Oval, the spiritual home of Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club, has won the runner-up prize in the Sydney Grade Cricket's Ground of the Year award.

    The award which is based on points out of 10 given by umpires after every day of cricket is based largely on pitch and outfield condition. The winners were St George's Hurstville Oval.

    Easts Cricket would like to thank Green Options, and in particular head groundsman Matt Sommerville, for their work throughout the season.

  • Fourth Grade PREMIERS for 2013/14 07-Apr-2014

    Easts Dolphins have been crowned Premiers for 2013/14 after the rain-marred Grand Final ended in a draw.

    Manly batted well on the opening day to post 8dec-331, but only 20 overs were bowled on Sunday as Easts reached 2-75.

    The Dolphins won the cup by virtue of being the higher ranked team, heading into the match.

    David Dunne was the pick of the bowlers for Easts, taking 3-48 off 20 overs, while Matt Tupper (2-49) and Tim Brown (2-68) took two wickets each.

    In a short session before stumps on day one Easts were 1-44, before the showers arrived on day two.

    Sam Pointer top scored in Easts’ short innings with 25, while Jack Remond (23*) and Prinya Kham (13*) both blunted the attack effectively.

    It's the first lower grade premiership Easts have won since Rino Tomasiello lifted the same trophy in the 1998/99 season.

  • Time out with Tim Brown - Road to Grand Final 02-Apr-2014

    Captain Tim Brown admits “18 games is a long season for Fourth Grade” but the veteran leggie is on the precipice of a 16-year goal in this weekend’s Grand Final against Manly at North Sydney Oval.

    The skipper spoke very exclusively to eastscricket.com.au ahead of the decider.


    Did you expect to be in this position at the start of the season?

    I had certainly hoped to be in this position and as the team will tell you I drilled into them for the first 5 rounds that I only had one goal for the year and that was to win the premiership. I guess sometimes it pays to be aggressive in the goals that we set for ourselves as it allows us to believe that we can achieve them. However there is still one game to go to make that goal come to fruition so ask me again on Sunday evening.

    You won the first five games of the season including an outright and it would have been six if not for rain. Where there any of those in particular that stood out as matches that set the tone for what you could achieve?
 

    Beating Sydney Uni and Randwick, two traditionally strong clubs, in the first two rounds gave the team real belief. But I would have to say the dominant outright victory against Gordon really showed me and our senior players that we were going to give the comp a real shake. Having Hulston and Tupper open the bowling in that game (they took 14 of the wickets) gave me an insight into what might be possible if that opening partnership could fire together. However they weren't to play together again until the semi final last week when they renewed their successful partnership, I hope they make it 3 outrights from 3 games this weekend.



    You lost two of three after that and at another stage lost two in a row... Were there points where you thought you might have already peaked?

    
Lower grade teams inevitably go through lean periods in a season as injury and unavailability hits the club in general, so you should never panic if you go through a bit of a lean patch - you just have to know that other clubs are going to have the same problem and take your opportunities when they come. It was through this period that Chowdhury really stepped up and earnt his most improved player award for the club. He led our attack and I always knew during this period that if we could put some half decent batting performances together we could still win games. Luckily we managed to do this to break a couple of bad runs.

    Is there a game that stands out as a turning point in the season?

    
I'd have to say the tie against NDs (my first tie in 16 years of grade cricket) really gave us a bit of a kick start towards the finals. It might sound like a basketball game at 98 all but to defend a score of under 100 really gave us the belief that would help us later in the season in tight situations like the qualifying final. It was great for our youngest player Sam Pointer to back himself and take that final wicket with a doosra, although his reaction to it left a little to be desired.

    Are there a couple of standout individual performances that come to mind?

    
Our season really has been built around our bowling attack and having 4 bowlers take over 30 wickets is testament to that. However I must say the best individual performances of the year were the 2 partnerships of 149 between Bryant (106) and Remond (133) at St George and 179 in the qualifying final between Brooks (90) and Pointer (91). All 4 of them being under 20 bodes well for the club in the years to come.

    You've had the same few guys in the core of your team for the season, but there are a couple you've had to leave out. Explain the emotions of leaving guys out who have performed for you at stages?


    Definitely the least enjoyable part of being a captain but part of the job none the less. The likes of Quinn, Maxwell, Kurien and Legget all played big parts throughout the season and are as big a part of the team as any of the players that actually get on the field in the finals. I also really feel for Nav who injured himself in the QF but with 36 wickets at 9 for the season for us I hope he knows we would not be where we are without him.  Personally having missed out on the last 4th grade premiership back in 1999 due to similar selection issues I know how they feel and hope they use it drive them in seasons to come, I just pray in doesn't take them 15 years to make another GF!

    Its fair to say Manly won pretty comfortably when you played them. What do you remember about that game? Why will it be different this time?


    Yeah they did chase our 217 pretty easily that day. It was actually our 3rd highest score for the season which does give us a bit of belief that our batsmen should be able to perform against their attack. There are only 4 of our players from that game that will be there on the weekend so its a fairly different team and the self belief that we have built especially over the last 4 straight victories will put us in good stead to turn that result around. It also helps that their batsman that tore us apart that day went back up to 2nd grade where he stayed for the rest of the year!

    What's the biggest motivation for you to win a premiership?

    Purely selfish this one I've never won a Sydney grade premiership and I'm not getting any younger or less bald so I think its about time!

    What's been most pleasing about your two finals wins?


    Our ability to get out of a couple of tight situations, being 5 for 39 in the QF and getting to a defendable total showed great character, and at 6 for 96 chasing 114 we still had a lot of work to do in the semi. So whilst you can probably say our bowling won both games there were a few key batting partnerships that allowed our bowlers to get the job done. With a bit of luck some of our bats are due this weekend and the skipper can have a slightly less stressful time on the sidelines. Another pleasing aspect has been the standard of Sunday night circuiting after our victories.


    Team spirit is always key in successful teams... Who have been the real character that make the side what it is?

    Well I can't really go past the 2014 Sandpit Player of the Year David Dunne. Lite Whitening always creates a laugh in the dressing room and is generally short priced favourite for "The Shirt" that is awarded to the stupidest comment or act of each days cricket. But with the likes of Eriksson, Shackman, Macdonald and Maxwell in the side we are never short of good and bad bant that ensures we don't take ourselves too seriously. 



  • Fourth Grade through to the Grand Final 31-Mar-2014

    Fourth Grade have qualified for the Grand Final after a thumping outright victory over Parramatta in the semi-final at Waverley Oval.

    The win was built on a terrific first innings all-round performance from Chris Hulston, who took three wickets and scored 54 runs, which helped set-up the 10-wicket win.

    Tim Brown again won the toss and sent Parramatta in after heavy rain during the week left the Waverley wicket a little tacky.

    The move paid immediate dividends with Matt Tupper (3-32) returning from injury to pick up the first three wickets.

    Hulston then got in on the act to snare three of his own and the Dolphins had gained the ascendancy with Parramatta 6-70 at lunch.

    After the break, a 47-run partnership threatened to rescue the visitors but two calamitous run outs and two wickets to skipper Tim Brown (2-23) finished the innings on 114.

    The Easts chase wobbled early with Sam Pointer run out without facing a ball and Jack Remond falling cheaply as the Dolphins slumped to 2-15. A steady 47 from Alex Brooks and quickfire 24 from Angas MacDonald got the total within reach but their dismissals in consecutive overs made for a nervous afternoon.

    Easts were 6-96, but Hulston and Alistair Shackman (26) took the Dolphins ahead on first innings and to stumps at 6-178.

    The task for Easts was simple on day two – bat for a session and the game was done.

    But Browny didn’t get it that easy with Shackers dismissed on the first ball of the day and then two more wickets brought Parramatta back in to the game.

    A 20 run partnership for the last wicket lifted Easts lead to 89 with 91 overs left.

    Parramatta’s second innings never got going, Tim Brown took four second innings wickets to dismiss them for 108.

    Perhaps most impressive was the wicketkeeping of Shackman, who completed three very sharp stumpings.

    Easts were left 20 runs to win, which they knocked off in four overs without the loss of a wicket.

    The Dolphins will play Manly in the decider at North Sydney Oval, with Easts the top ranked team.

    It's the first Grand Final Easts have made since the 2011/12 season when Michael Procajlo's 5th Grade side lost out to Manly.

  • Huslton, MacDonald star in 4s QF win 24-Mar-2014

    Fourth Grade are through to semi-finals as the top seeded team after defeating Fairfield-Liverpool in a tense qualifying final at Waverley Oval.

    After winning the toss, Easts were dismissed for 140, but four wickets from Chris Hulson (4-43) helped skittle the Lions for 123.

    In their second innings, a 179-run opening partnership from Alex Brooks (91) and Sam Pointer (90) ensured there would be no way back for the visitors.

    But it didn’t always look so rosy for the Dolphins. After Tim Brown won the toss and batted first, Easts were 5-39 and in strife.

    A 68-run partnership from Angas MacDonald (44) and Hulston (29) helped rapair the damage. But their dismissals in quick succession after lunch cruelled the recovery effort and the total of 140 was a disappointing one.

    In the field, Hulston struck with the first delivery of the innings, but the Lions made a solid start and reached 1-43 and the Dolphins looked gone.

    A miserly spell from David Dunne (2-17) helped shut off the runs and Fairfield panicked – losing 5-14 in 10 overs.

    Two more wickets from MacDonald (3-5) before stumps helped reduce the visitors to 8-108.

    On resumption, a crisp cover drive for four looked a bad omen to start the second day, but Naveed Chowdhury (1-21) hit straight back to make it 9-113.

    A worrying partnership slowly built for the last wicket, but golden arm MacDonald came into the attack and ended the innings. Fairfield all out for 123.

    There would be no jitters with the bat for Easts second time around, with Pointer and Brooks both batting with freedom to post a massive opening partnership to put the game out of reach.

    Unfortunately both men were dismissed in the 90s and the match was eventually called off with Easts 2-192.

  • Yazdani claims Player of the Year 18-Mar-2014

    A stellar season that saw him claim 51 wickets at an average of 16 has seen Tas Yazdani awarded the Player of the Year Trophy at the club's senior presentation night. The opening paceman also contributed 194 runs at 17.6 including a highest score of 70 against Manly.

    Yazdani also took out the club's bowling award and the First Grade Player of the Year medal.


    Chris Hulston, playing in his first season with the club finished runner up in the Player of the Year award.

    The night hosted by President Jim Maxwell was well attended with over 75 enjoying the facilities of the Harbourview Terrace Room at Easts Leagues Club.

    Congratulations to all the award winners.

    Player of the Year: Tas Yazdani

    Runner up Player of the Year: Chris Hulston

    Batting Aggregate: Prinya Kham (504 runs)

    Bowling Aggregate: Tas Yazdani (51 wickets)

    Wicketkeeping: Alistair Shackman (34 dismissals)

    Bob Wilson Perpetual Trophy: JJ Coutts

    Rookie of the Year: Dugald Holloway

    Most Improved: Naveed Chowdhury

    Clubperson of the Year: Tony Adams

    1st Grade Player of the Year: Tas Yazdani

    2nd Grade Captain's choice: Mike Peacock

    3rd Grade Captain's choice: Sam Powell

    4th Grade Captain's choice: Naveed Chowdhury

    5th Grade Captain's choice: Jack Atkinson

    PGs Player of the Year: James Kettleborough

    Green Shield Player of the Year: Dylan Bennett



  • Twelve Easts junior teams qualify for finals 07-Mar-2014

    Congratulations to all the Easts Juniors who have made the Semi Finals. We wish the following teams the best of luck….

    Under 10 (Mods) Bulldogs, Lightening Bolts and Reds
    Under 10 (Colts) Gold and Red
    Under 11 Firecrackers and Maroons
    Under 12 Green and Red
    Under 13 Marauders
    Under 14 Red
    Under 16 Dolphins

  • Easts Cricket support Uganda Cricket Gear Project 11-Feb-2014

    Easts Cricket are calling on all members, both seniors and juniors to support the Uganda Cricket Gear Project.

    The program, which was set up and run by Bankstown Cricket Club, sees unused cricket gear shipped to Uganda to help grow the sport in their communities.

    When the project commenced there were less than 15,000 cricketers in Uganda, a figure which has now grown to 47,000. 

    The Dolphins commenced their support in 2013 and are looking to provide an even bigger donation this year.

    You can donate cricket gear in any condition on match day Saturdays at Waverley Oval between 11am and 4pm, or alternatively arrange another time via our contact forms on www.eastscricket.com.au

  • Peter Nevill named NSW captain 21-Nov-2013

    Congratulations to Peter Nevill who was named the 115th player to captain a NSW First Class team against Queensland in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.


    Nevill, who has previously captained the NSW Blues in the Ryobi Cup and was in charge of the CA Invitational XI that took on England last week, has played at Easts since his arrival in Sydney from Melbourne in 2008. 

    Big congrats Nevvy!

  • Listen to Jodie Newell interview Michael Bevan in his role as Easts Head Coach 27-Sep-2013

  • Michael Bevan announced as new Head Coach 18-Sep-2013


    Easts Dolphins are proud to announce former Australian player Michael Bevan as the club’s new head coach for the 2013/14 season.

    Bevan is a two-time World Cup winner with the Australian cricket team and was ranked the best ODI batsman in the world in 1997 and 1998.

    Since retiring from international cricket, Bevan has spent time coaching with Tasmania, Kings XI Punjab (IPL) and Chennai Superstars (ICL).

    Bevan said he was looking forward to the challenge and building a strong culture within the Dolphins.

    “Taking up the Head Coaching position for Easts Cricket is a great opportunity for me to give back to the game at the grade and grass roots level,” Bevan said.

    “I am looking forward to mentoring and coaching teams and players throughout the club to help increase their opportunities to achieve long term success and be part of an enjoyable club culture”.

    Easts President Jim Maxwell said the appointment was a major boost for the club as it looks to rebuild for the future.

    “Michael is one of the finest cricketers NSW has produced,” Maxwell said.

    “He has a wealth of experience at the highest level, which I’m sure will bring great value to Eastern Suburbs cricket.”

    Michael has already commenced his work behind the scenes and will be at the SCG on Wednesday evening for club training, which we urge all players to attend.

    Michael will also convey his plans for the coming season at Wednesday evening’s Player Information Seminar at the SCG Auditorium at 7.30pm. Here the remainder of the coaching staff that will support Michael this season will also be announced.

    Up the Dolphins!

  • Introducing our Club Captain & 1st Grade Captain 04-Sep-2013

    Club Captain

    Jack Playfair is our Club Captain for season 2013/14. Jack has played at the senior club since 2009 and also represented Easts at a junior level. He made his debut in 1st grade in 2011. Jack's enthusiasm and pride in Easts made him a natural selection and he will undoubtedly relish the challenge of leading Easts to great success this season.

    1st Grade Captain

    Ian Moran is our 1st Grade Captain for season 2103/14. Ian has come from Sydney University where he had great success with both bat and ball. He brings a wealth of experience to the club. We welcome Ian to Easts and wish him every success.

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