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Bulldogs struggle with bat
r4 week 1       2016-17

The Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs are locked in a tense struggle in the Belvidere Cup Round 4 fixture being played at Jensen Park.

The Gordon bowlers were right on target and dismissed Bankstown for a disappointing 210 last Saturday. In reply the Bulldog bowlers fought back strongly and at stumps Gordon had struggled to 5-158.

Kerrod White was Bankstown's batting star as he fought valiantly to get the Dogs to a reasonable total. White blasted 10 boundaries and three towering sixes in his dynamic 73 that enabled Bankstown to cobble together 210. He took the challenge right up to the bowlers and was always looking to attack despite the diabolical position. Phil Wells cruised his way to 33 and it came as a surprise when he was bowled after compiling 7 attractive boundaries. Luke Reece once again gave the Bulldogs a solid start with a defiant 29 but he is still chasing that elusive big score.

The Stags batsmen started confidently with a 61 run opening stand before a fiery Brown toppled the timbers of Eccles. Burke chimed in with two quick wickets and the Stags were struggling. A steadying partnership signalled a Gordon revival much to the chagrin of the locals. However, late in the day wickets to Burke and Brown left the Stags at 5-158.

Jarrad Burke once again weaved his magic and took 3-50 off 17 economical overs. Brown continues to impress with 2-41 in his lively spell.

Second Grade

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Third Grade

Bankstown struggled to 9-178 at Grahame Thomas last Saturday against Gordon. Ryan Malcolm was at his elegant best with a stylish 33. All-rounder Jehan Bilimoria once again showed his value to the team with a sparkling 27 not out. Niran Wijewardene added a useful 24 in good style whilst Damien Loy showed touches of class with his 21.

Fourth Grade

Only Jacob Malcolm and Jake Grove seriously troubled the scorers at Trumper Oval last Saturday. Malcolm has shown already this season he is destined for higher grades and his 73 was further proof. It was a splendid knock and he made batting look easy as his team mates struggled. Plenty of runs to come from this talented young prospect. Grove worked the ball around stylishly and is a very confident batsman indeed. He is already challenging strongly for a spot in higher grades.

Fifth Grade

No play at Memorial Oval as a huge storm hit the area just as play was due to begin.  With good weather next Saturday the Dog’s young pups will line up against Gordon for the first match to be played on the historic oval’s new wicket square.

Bulldogs’ two-day woes, but T20 revival
r4 week 2       2016-17

Defending Belvidere Cup Premiers the Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs were defeated for the second match in succession in a closely contested Round 4 fixture against Gordon at Jensen Oval.

Resuming at 5-158 the visitors needed 52 to win and they negotiated the first few overs safely, adding eighteen valuable runs before Daniel Smith was dismissed for 11 by paceman Nathan McAndrew.  A fired up McAndrew then dismissed Junk and Crane leaving Gordon at 8-186 and the equation very simple; the Bulldogs needed two wickets without conceding more than 25 runs to secure victory.

However it wasn’t to be for the Bulldogs as Gordon opener Axel Cahlin continued to be a thorn in their side.  Cahlin found a willing partner in James Kennedy and this pair combined to counter the Bulldogs’ attack and edge past the required total.  Shortly after, Cahlin brought up his century. The visitors weren’t content with the six competitions points and they took the score to 256 before Kennedy was out for 35.  Number 11 batsman Charlie Stobo added another 41 before he was dismissed with the total at 297 leaving Cahlin on 135no - a meritorious effort, carrying his bat through the innings, something not seen very often at any level of cricket. 

Nathan McAndrew was the pick of the Bulldog bowlers with 3/37.  The hard-working pace-man celebrated the announcement mid week that he has been upgraded to a full Sydney Thunder contract with an inspired performance to keep the Bulldogs in the game despite its below par 1st innings total. McAndrew was well supported by skipper Jarrad Burke (3/78) and youngster Ayden Brown, who continued his impressive start to the season, with another three wicket haul (3/74). The Bankstown second innings was a sedate affair reaching 2/79 at stumps with Daniel Solway 33no and Mitch Brown 34no.

Next Saturday the Bulldogs play Michael Clarke’s Western Suburbs side in a two-week fixture at Pratten Park Ashfield.

T20 Cup

On Sunday the Bulldogs got back into winning form with a comprehensive victory over Fairfield – Liverpool in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Round 1 at Fairfield Oval.

The Bulldogs batted first and Daniel Solway was at his entertaining best with 33 off 31 balls at the top of the order. Master-blaster Kerrod White added a quick-fire 23 off 19 balls and all-rounder Aaron Bird 23 off 21 balls as the Bulldogs reached 9/139.

The Bulldogs new recruit, fast bowler Mitch Claydon - a Sydney-sider who plays professional cricket with Kent in the UK, showed he will be a huge asset for his new club taking two wickets in his first over.  The home side never recovered from Claydon’s onslaught and could only manage 6/104 as the Bulldogs happily took the points.  Claydon received great support from former NSW Blues representative and Bulldogs legend Aaron Bird who remains super competitive at Premier Cricket level taking 3/21 from his four overs.

Second Grade

The Brendan Smith led Bulldogs were defeated by Gordon in a rain affected match at Killara Oval. With no play on week one and a late start on Saturday, the match was reduced to 60 overs. The Bulldogs started reasonably well with openers Bailey Dickenson (15) and Joel Brockley showing glimpses of their undoubted talent. But none of the specialist batsmen could master the Gordon attack as the Dog’s slumped to 7/106 before wicketkeeper Matt Simpson and spinner David Lozinski came to the rescue with a 66 run partnership for the 8th wicket. Simpson and Lozinski showed why they are such highly valued young clubmen and their fighting partnership helped the side to a respectable 173 total.

The Bulldogs pace duo Tushaar Garg (2/44) and Dane Heward (1/20) grabbed some early momentum to have the home side struggling at 2/29 but a couple of solid middle order partnerships saw Gordon take the first innings points with 6/174. Luke Docherty, David Lozinski and skipper Brendan Smith each took a wicket apiece in a hard fought but ultimately disappointing result.

Third Grade

In a tense struggle at Grahame Thomas Oval the Andrew O’Brien led Bulldogs couldn’t defend its 9/171 total and was defeated by a gutsy Gordon side that scored 8/175. Best of the Bulldogs bowlers was Koby Layton with 3/34 off 12 overs while Alex Schipp gave his all, returning figures of 2/44 from 14 overs.

Fourth Grade

The young Bankstown side, led by Alex Kouventaris, was no match for an experienced Gordon outfit that posted 5/260 in reply to Bankstown’s 160.  Ben Hunt was the top wicket taker with 2/80 while Rhys Ward, Luke Phipps and Jake Grove took one wicket each. The Bulldogs second innings was marginally better than it’s first, registering  8/176.  Jake Grove continued his recent good from with 56. Grove received solid support from Hayden Probert (30) and the never say die wicketkeeper Sam Melham, who called on all his Bulldog tenacity in a fighting knock of 29 not out to see off the potential of outright defeat.

Fifth Grade

Bankstown and Gordon played a hard fought draw at Memorial Oval.  After the washout on Day 1 the match was reduced to 120 overs and Gordon wasted no time testing the new memorial turf wicket square, posting an impressive 6/241.  Bulldog pup Daniel Slane received glowing comments from many experienced judges after his controlled bowling performance returning 3/54 off 19 overs. Fifteen year old wicketkeeper Ethan Debono executed a sharp stumping and showed very good skills behind the stumps.

In reply the young Bulldogs side put up a solid effort with the bat. Skipper Mat Kelly (29) and Isaac Schipp (23) put on a half century opening stand and first drop Mansukh Singh showed he has a bright future with a patient 49 against much more experienced bowlers. Daniel Slane capped a great all-round performance with a determined 17 not out as the home side reached 9/188 when stumps were drawn.