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Dolphins defy Bulldogs
r3 week 2       2016-17

In one of the most extraordinary first grade games ever the Easts Dolphins chased down the Bankstown Sports Bulldogs massive 411 at Waverley Oval. In a thrilling finish Easts raced to 9-412 and took the points against all the odds. A magnificent finish to a magnificent match. Ironically it was ex Bulldog Mark Morley who drove the Dolphins to victory. His century on debut proved the stumbling block for the Bulldogs  Morley's two hours at the crease got the home side to within two runs of a stunning victory and 6 points. The last wicket scrambled the required runs and the Dolphins were home. The Bankstown bowlers never gave up trying and Nathan McAndrew hurtled down 25 overs to be rewarded with three victims. Jarrad Burke chimed in with two wickets including the vital one of Morley . Michael Stretton kept very well as per usual with two fine catches. He also claimed a handy run out as things got tight near the end. Kerrod White and Mitch Brown were also involved in capturing run outs which kept the Bulldogs barking. As Memorial Oval’s new turf wicket square is not yet ready for top grade play, Bankstown will take on Gordon at Jensen Oval in a two day game starting at 10.30a.m.

Second Grade

The Bulldogs 300 proved too many for the Dolphins who sunk for 265. Fiery paceman Tushaar Garg was at his lethal best with 4-54 from 17 lively overs. Wily left arm spinner David Lozinski claimed 3-37 and tied up all batsmen. He was the perfect foil for Garg and together they ripped through the Dolphins batting. Luke Docherty impressed and made the initial breakthrough. Matt Smith was pleased with his team's fighting performance. A young side but very talented.

Third Grade

In another close encounter the Bulldogs lost to Easts at Trumper Park last Saturday. The Dolphins scored 6-318 to chase down Bankstown's healthy 5-315. The wickets were shared around by the Bulldogs attack with probing swing bowler Alex Schipp claiming two. He despatched both openers back to the Pavilion in his masterly spell.

Fourth Grade

Bankstown drew with Easts at Grahame Thomas last Saturday. Jake Grove had a sensational match with plenty of wickets and a superb century. Grove hammered the stunned Dolphin attack with 102 not out and created some sort of record with 9 massive sixes. Spectators were delighted as six after six soared high over the fence. Easts 8-290 fell well short of the Dogs 9-341. Grove took 4-81 to easily win the man of the match award. He received great support from promising youngster Mansukh Singh with 2-33.

Fifth Grade

At Snape Park Easts proved too classy for Bankstown. The Dolphins sored 8-247 and in reply Bankstown was rolled for a meagre 157. The wickets were shared around with Lachlan Hunt, Daniel Slane and Dean Zamagias snaring 2 each. Skipper Mat Kelly who was last season's Player of the Year put in an extraordinary economical bowling performance. Kelly conceded just 1-7 from 16 immaculate overs. The batting honours went to evergreen Geoff Spotswood with a defiant 50. Geoff is the clubs highest run-getter ever and proves that class is permanent!

Bulldogs’ Wells sinks Dolphins
r3 week 1       2016-17

The Bankstown Sports Bulldogs once again tore

apart a top quality bowling attack when they hammered 6-411 vs Easts at Waverley last Saturday.

Phil Wells plundered 23 sparkling boundaries in his ferocious four hour stay at the crease and never let the Dolphins off the hook. The ease with which he handles all bowlers has become legendary and it must be a matter of time before he dons the baggy blue NSW cap.  His dynamic 170 enabled skipper Jarrad Burke to declare and give the dispirited Dolphins a hit. Burke had Lazarus well caught behind by Michael Stretton just before stumps to complete a great day for the Bulldogs.

Bankstown batted first in good conditions and once again classy Luke Reece got the side off to a flyer. The in-form opener quickly took control and got the scoreboard ticking over with a forceful 74. When he fell with the total a healthy 2-183 the Dogs were looking good. Wells drove the Dolphins to utter despair as he produced his vast array of strokes. He cut and drove superbly and powered the ball through midwicket much to the delight of the crowd. Newcomer Mitch Brown once again proved what a valuable acquisition he is with a slashing century. The versatile all-rounder was a spectator's delight as he tore into the bowling and smashed nine boundaries plus two stunning sixes. It has not taken Brown long  o stamp his class with the Bulldogs and the lively cricketer is a most welcome addition to the kennel. Wicket-keepr / Batsman Michael Stretton was 22 not out as the skipper declared. At stumps the home side were 1-21 and certainly face an uphill battle when play resumes on Saturday.

Second Grade

Bankstown skipper Matt Smith won the toss and elected to bat at Jensen vs Easts. His batsmen took advantage of the decision and posted 300. Charlie Dummer was Bankstown's batting star with a top class 91. He fought hard to keep the Dolphins at bay and delighted the crowd with 14 sparkling boundaries. It was disappointing to Bulldogs supporters that he just missed out on his century. Joel Brockley hammered 65 in his two-hour stay at the crease. The talented opener strikes the ball forcefully and caught the eye with 11 hard hit boundaries. Kayne Grove kept the Dolphins floundering with a sparkling 71. The elegant stroke maker was in superb touch with 8 boundaries and two massive sixes. He kept the pressure on the visitors as they tried to launch a fight-back. Pace bowler Tushaar Garg was overheard in some fun banter with his teammates at training last week about whether he should be referred to as an “all-rounder” and he certainly laid some solid claims to the title with a polished 34 not out that kept the Bulldogs barking.

Third Grade

Bankstown batted first at Trumper Oval and hammered 5-293. Skipper Andrew O'Brien was delighted with the form of his top order. They were spearheaded by the in-form Iain Ridley who plundered 87. He started steadily then unleashed a blitz with 10 boundaries and 2 huge sixes. Alas he was run out just when a ton seemed inevitable. Ryan Malcolm notched a defiant 27 and his 99 run opening stand with Ridley paved the way. Damien Loy took advantage and was at his elegant best with a sparkling 78. The skipper carried on the good work with a classy 37 whilst Connor Wilkinson added a useful 20.Cameron Middleton was in fine touch with a delightful 22 not out whilst Niran Wijewardene scored an unconquered 16.

Fourth Grade

The Bankstown batsmen also performed well at Grahame Thomas last Saturday with 8-272. Jacob Malcolm provided the batting heroics for the Bulldogs with a superb 87. He took control of proceedings with some classical stroke-play. He is a very good prospect indeed. Skipper Alex Kouventaris led from the front with a stylish 77. He left the Dolphins floundering with a blend of defiant defence and controlled aggression. Jake Grove was in fine form with a spirited 51 which kept the Bulldogs barking whilst Brendan Clark played a useful role with his handy 19.

Fifth Grade

Easts batted first at Snape Park and scored a useful 8-247. Dean Zamagias was the epitome of accuracy with 2-30 off ten overs whilst Daniel Slane took two wickets from a lengthy 19 over spell. Lachlan Hunt toiled hard all day bowling into a strong headwind and he was rewarded with 2 wickets.


The Bankstown Sports under 21 cricketers narrowly lost to Sydney Uni last Sunday at Uni.

The Students batted first and performed strongly to score 9-258. Ayden Brown claimed the best figures with 2-31 off his 10 overs whilst spinner David Lozinski also claimed 2 wickets in his tidy spell. Brendan Smith joined the two wicket club as did Niran Wijewardene.

A stirring partnership between Bailey Dickinson and Tom Sowden raised the Bulldogs hopes but a late order collapse meant the home side just scraped in by three runs. Dickinson plundered 117 which held the batting together and his two sixes were spectacular ones. He is a very elegant stroke-maker with a classical technique and seems to have plenty of time to play his shots and this innings was full of merit as he tried his best to get the Doggies home. All-rounder Tom Sowden put together a hard hitting 77 and is very talented all-rounder indeed.