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Bulldogs fly into Seagulls - r2                                      2016-17

The Bankstown Sports Bulldogs overwhelmed Premiership contenders Manly at Graham Reserve last Saturday.

The 'Dogs batted first in good conditions and tamed the high flying Seagulls attack. In a wholehearted team effort Bankstown cruised to 246, a more than useful total. Openers Daniel Solway and Luke Reece paved the way with an 82 run stand. Reece scored an accomplished 47 and has started the season in sparkling form. He plundered 8 boundaries in his hour at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Talented stroke-maker Solway held the Bulldogs batting together and his classy 68 was the glue that held the Bulldog’s innings together. Newcomer Mitch Brown confirmed his prowess and hit a delightful 39 as the Seagulls took flight. Prolific run-getter Jake Cormack hammered home the advantage as the visitors took control. The 'Doggies tail failed to wag, but skipper Burke was convinced 261 was enough.

The Bulldog pace-men ensured their Skipper was right in his assessment and ripped into the grounded 'Gulls. Mitchell Phelps struck early then Nathan McAndrew and Mitch Brown carried on the fine work. For the second week in a row young speedster Ayden Brown worked up good pace, which ensured there would be no sea-siders revival. The fiery quick claimed 3-26 and with his devastating pace, clean bowling all his victims as the home side was dismissed for 146.

Next Saturday Bankstown will face another stiff test when they play the star studded Easts Dolphins in a two-day match at Waverley Oval.

Second Grade

Matt Simpson held the brittle Bulldog batting together in a match- winning knock against Manly at Jensen. Simpson's lonely vigil kept the Doggies barking and his fighting 52 not out enabled the home side to cobble together 8-160 from its fifty overs. Luke Docherty chimed in with a solid 27 and Bailey Dickinson a useful 27 as well. Skipper Matt Smirh knew his bowlers would need to be right on target and rallied his troops accordingly. Tushaar Garg responded enthusiastically to Smith's pleas and took two early wickets. The Seagulls were floundering at 2-11 and never recovered. Garg continued to taunt the Manly batsmen and ripped through their lineup with 4-24. It was a most economical 10 overs and he beat the bat repeatedly. Spinners David Lozinski and Smith continued to pin the Seagulls down as the pair rammed home the advantage. Probing left-arm spinner Lozinski was always in charge with 3-30 whilst the skipper led from the front with 3-33. Smith flighted his offies cleverly and Manly capitulated for just 147.

Third Grade

At Mike Pawley Oval Manly posted an excellent score of 7-273. Alex Schipp claimed 2-54 and moved the ball around appreciably. To the profound disappointment of skipper Andrew O'Brien all of his top 5 batsmen were dismissed in the twenties. Iain Ridley top-scored with 29 and his early form has been very good. Bankstown capitulated for just 162 which was a lacklustre performance from this capable squad.

Fourth Grade

Bankstown's 8/194 fell just short of The Seagull's 8-214 at Grahame Thomas. Daniel Carr bowled a tidy line and length and was rewarded with 2-34 whilst Luke Phipps probed away diligently and claimed 2-44. Jacob Malcolm was the Bulldogs batting star and found the boundary repeatedly with his dashing 58. Mansukh Singh impressed with a defiant 28 whilst Brendan Clark also scored a fighting 28. Luke Phipps showed his all-round worth with a handy 23 not out and is a very promising cricketer.

Congratulations are extended to popular umpire Darren Goodger who officiated in this game, which was his 300th in grade. Former first class umpire Goodger has the respect of all players and is very popular amongst them.

Fifth Grade

It was a very disappointing performance by the fifths who contributed a paltry 67 against the Seagulls at Manly Oval. The home side had little trouble reaching this meagre total and raced to 1-69 and a well deserved victory.