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Sharks’ tail attacks
r7 week 1 and T20       2016-17

Bankstown out gunned the ACT last Sunday in a very tight finish at Memorial Oval. The visitors collapsed to be all-out for 87, which was not expected to trouble the home side. However Bankstown had to struggle hard for every run and scraped home with just two balls to spare. The visitors were never out of trouble and failed to handle the pace blitz from Nathan McAndrew and Mitch Claydon. McAndrew was devastating and ripped through the A.C.T. top order enthusiastically to take 3-19. Skipper Jarrad Burke hammered home the advantage flighting the ball cleverly to capture 3-12. All-rounder Mitch Brown always seems to be in the action and claimed 2-17 to polish the visitors off for 87. This small total proved very challenging and the Bulldogs had to fight hard to be 8-90 in the last over. Daniel Solway added a match-winning 26 in his usual elegant style whilst Kerrod White blasted 20 at the top of the order. The irrepressible McAndrew guided the Doggies to victory with a crucial 15 not out in the low scoring fixture.


First Grade

In an intriguing clash between the Sutherland Sharks and Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs at Glenn McGrath Oval fortunes fluctuated dramatically. The home side collapsed to be 9-88 and the Bulldogs were barking vociferously. However, an amazing 119 run last wicket stand between Kyle Brockley ( 71) and Jake Wilson (42no) lifted the home side’s total to a competitive 207. The record-breaking partnership gave the Sharks plenty of incentive but the Bulldogs batsmen fought back strongly. Daniel Solway fell early, which was disappointing after his superb century recently when he flew into the Hawks bowlers. Solway is a magnificent stroke-maker and his majestic 101 last week was a delight to behold. Luke Reece and Phil Wells savaged the Sharks in a spirited stand, which took the score to 86. Reece has been a most consistent run getter all season and once again made batting look easy. His 41 took just 67 minutes and included 8 forceful boundaries. The Sharks struck again when they captured the prize wicket of leviathan run getter Wells who hammered 6 boundaries in his 42. The Bulldogs were looking vulnerable at 3-98 but all-rounders Nathan McAndrew and Mitch Brown came to the rescue. They steered the Doggies safely through to stumps with 3-146. McAndrew finished with 42 not out in just 46 minutes and entertained the crowd with half a dozen boundaries and a powerful six. Mitch Brown is enjoying himself with his new club and looked in fine fettle with 17 not out.


Second Grade

Bankstown capitulated for a meagre 140 against Sutherland at Bankstown. The Sharks ripped into the Bulldogs and quickly gained the ascendancy. It fell to 17-year-old wicketkeeper Matt Simpson to provide some defiant resistance with a spirited 61. The talented youngster prospered while all other batsmen struggled as the Sharks circled.  He batted with the aplomb of a veteran and never looked in trouble. Simpson was particularly severe on any deliveries short of a length and powered them past point with well-timed square cuts. The Sharks batsmen struggled early as Tushaar Garg made incisive inroads. However the visitors rallied to finish with 7-189 at stumps. Garg has been a key player with the seconds and finished with 3-41.


Third Grade

Sutherland amassed 349 against Bankstown although the Bulldogs tried hard all day. Swing bowler Alec Schipp was particularly impressive and finished with the excellent figures of 4-50 despite the run spree. Jake Grove probed away to take 3-61 in his enthusiastic spell but the Bulldogs will have to be at the top of their game to chase down the sizeable total.


Fourth Grade

Sutherland fourths also scored heavily with 4-336 at Jensen last Saturday. The Bulldog bowlers could not contain the Shark attack although Mansukh Singh was on song with 3-69 from 16 attacking overs. Brendan Clark took 2-43 from his economical spell whilst Rhys Ward claimed one wicket but conceded just 43 runs in his accurate spell. Skipper Alex Kouventaris repeatedly changed his bowlers around in his attempt to curtail the run spree. Nine bowlers were used as the skipper probed away looking for wickets and curtailing the run flow.


Fifth Grade

The Bankstown bowlers toiled away honestly against Sutherland at Grahame Thomas last Saturday. Skipper Mat Kelly led his young charges with great enthusiasm to keep the visitors on the back foot. The Bulldogs fought back wholeheartedly after an opening stand of 58 gave the Sharks a great start. Gurnoor Singh took the bowling honours with 6-74   that kept the Bulldogs barking. Singh beat the bat repeatedly in an inspired spell and looks to have a bright future. Kelly claimed 4-42 wickets and again led the pace attack strongly.


Dogs too good for Sharks
r7 week 2 and T20       2016-17

The Bulldogs were defeated by Parramatta in the T20 Cup semi-final on Sunday. Mitch Brown continued his stellar form with a forceful 52 while the ever-reliable Luke Recce added 40 from 39 balls at the top of the order as the visitors totaled 6/153.  In reply the home side scored 6/155 in 18.3 overs. Skipper Jarrad Burke was the key wicket-taker with 4/26.


First Grade

The Bankstown Sports Bulldogs were way to good for the Sharks at Glenn McGrath Oval last Saturday. Bankstown resumed at 3-146 chasing Sutherland's 207. Mitch Brown was in devastating form and quickly put paid to any hopes of a Sharks comeback. The hard-hitting all-rounder plundered 14 sparkling boundaries in his entertaining knock of 103no from 143 deliveries. It was an especially rewarding performance for the chirpy all-rounder as he has previously played with the Sharks.  Brown certainly has plenty of talent and loves being in the action with bat or ball. Joel Brockley added 26 and kept the scoreboard ticking over at a rapid rate. Skipper Jarrad Burke (24) refused to let the Sharks off the hook and finally called a halt at 7-306. Burke’s playing group is looking forward to the game this week at Jensen Oval. It’s a fifty overs format match against the highly rated Panthers starting at 10am. In recent weeks the Bulldogs have clawed their way back into the premiership race and are currently third on the Belvidere Cup Premiership ladder.


Second Grade

Although well beaten at Bankstown the seconds restored their pride with a much-improved showing in the second innings. Last week the Bulldogs crashed to 140 and the Sharks replied with 9-289. Tushaar Garg put in yet another lionhearted performance and claimed 4-66 for his effort. The Ridley brothers helped Bankstown score 9-286 in the second innings. Charlie Dummer was again amongst the runs with a classy 41 at the top of the order. His 8 boundaries crashed into the fence. Iain Ridley displayed a broad blade in defence then pounced on anything loose to finish with an impressive 67 not out. Chris Ridley notched a fighting 51 in the second innings with two power laden sixes. Kane Grove added 32 in fine style whilst Matt Simpson goes from strength to strength and contributed a classy 35.


Third Grade

A magnificent century from talented all-rounder Jehan Bilimoria enabled Bankstown to chase down the Sharks 349. The Bulldogs were given a fine start with Ryan and Joel Malcolm adding 52 for the opening stand. Joel scored a fighting 31 and looked in good touch. Skipper Andrew O'Brien pushed the score to 90 before he fell for a useful 35. Ryan Malcolm fell at the same total but his handy 22 blunted the pace attack. Kayne Grove kept the wheels turning with a defiant 28. Then popular clubman James Bourne came out of retirement to help and showed he had not lost touch with a punishing 47. It was just what the Doggies needed and was the catalyst for Bilimoria's heroics. Sam Melham chipped in with a timely 37 and showing the fierce determination that is becoming his trademark. However, the Bulldogs still needed a big innings and it came from Bilimoria. The hard-hitting stroke-maker took the game away from the Sharks with an explosive 118. Bilimoria peppered the boundary on both sides of the pitch as he took full control. The partnership between Melham and Bilimoria was the crucial one as they pounded 104, which kept the Bulldogs in the contest. There was still work to be done with the score poised on 9-346 but Daniel Carr and Bilimoria stood firm to lead the Dogs home to a wonderful win.


Fourth Grade

Sutherland scored 8-336 at Jensen but Bankstown held on for a fighting draw with 9-254 Singh was the pick of the Bulldogs attack and bowled with great control to take 3-69 whilst Brendan Clark was on the spot with 2-42. Zeeshan Ahmed top scored for Bankstown with a defiant 44 which helped the Bulldogs ward off defeat. Brendan Clark scored an attractive 42 whilst Mansukh Singh showed his all round versatility with a confident 40. Harry Brett never looked in trouble and was left not out on 28. Brendan Isaaka chimed in with 20 and it was a fine all-round effort by Bankstown to stave off defeat.


Fifth Grade

Sutherland’s 224 was too big a hurdle for the Bankstown’s humble 181. Bankstown's star was inspirational leader Mat Kelly who claimed 4-42 and then held the brittle batting together with a defiant 60. Pick of the bowlers was Gurnoor Singh who baited the Sharks with 6-74. In the Bankstown innings youngster Johann Perera, playing his first game of Premier Grade cricket, was in superb touch compiling a defiant 57.  Perera showed excellent composure and refused to be intimidated despite playing against much older opponents.