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Bulldogs chase leather in high heat and winds
r5 week 1       2016-17

On a hot and blustery Sydney summer day, where batting sides dominated bowling sides in the majority of matches, the Bankstown Sports Bulldogs Premier Grade side was forced to chase plenty of leather against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.

After losing the toss the visitors made a solid start before Nathan McAndrew dismissed Alec Baldwin for 23 with the score on 50.  Baldwin’s opening partner Isaac Taylor was next to go when 16-year-old Bulldogs spinner Tommie Sowden clean bowled him for 38 with his first ball of the day. Skipper Jarrad Burke gave the Bulldogs a glimmer of hope when he drew Ned Eckersley into a false stroke on 16, the ever alert and athletic Kerrod White taking a good catch to have the locals at 3/116. However, a 189 run partnership between Nicholas Cutler (110) and Adrian Isherwood (120) put a serious dent in the Bulldogs’ challenge as the home side played confidently to record 5/360 off 96 overs at stumps.

The Bankstown bowlers toiled away in the batsman friendly weather conditions with skipper Burke sending down 37 overs and claiming 2/87. Nathan McAndrew was again at he competitive best returning the fine figures of 2/75 off 19 overs of genuine pace bowling.

The Bankstown batsmen will be hoping for good conditions next Saturday, as they relish nothing more than the challenge of chasing down a big total.

Second Grade

The hot and dry weather conditions in the days leading into the match suggested the new wicket square at Memorial Oval was going to prove a handful for batsmen and this turned out to be the case. With brothers Iain and Chris Ridley playing together for the first time in many years, the Bulldogs hoped for some special karma to get the side away to a solid start. But with Iain (4) and Chris (13) out cheaply it was left to NSW Under 19 representative Brendan Smith (25) and young wicketkeeper / batsman Matthew Simpson (32) to do the heavy lifting as the Bulldogs limped to 142.

Aggressive bowling from pace-men Luke Docherty (1/22) and Brendan Smith (1/26) provided much needed momentum and when spinners David Lozinski (1/16) and skipper Matthew Smith (2/24) cleverly exploited the wicket conditions, the Bulldogs were back in the match with Wests 6/97 at stumps.

Third Grade

Superb innings’ from brothers Jacob Malcolm (67) and Ryan Malcolm (44) at the top of the Bankstown batting order set the scene for a respectable total of 4/263 in the match at Blick Oval. 

Hard working batsman Connor Wilkinson backed up his opening pair with a well compiled 33 off 50 deliveries, wicketkeeper Cameron Middleton added a solid 40 not out and the irrepressible Jake Grove continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 47.

Fourth Grade

Wests finished all out for 311 at stumps in the match at Jensen Oval after winning the toss and having no hesitation batting in perfect conditions. The Bankstown bowlers toiled valiantly all day with captain Alex Kouventaris claiming 3/57. Mansouk Singh picked up 2/29 and strapping young paceman Rhys Ward worked hard with little luck for 1/42 off 16 overs, the pick of the other bowlers.

Fifth Grade

The Fifth Grade match against Wests at Punchbowl Oval is evenly poised after the Bulldogs totalled 214 and Wests replied with 2/46 at stumps.

Skipper Mat Kelly showed the sort of form that saw him win the Club’s ‘Player of the Year Award’ last season compiling a hard hitting 72. Equally as impressive was the form of young tyro Harry Brett who showed great composure and skill in his invaluable innings of 57.