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Tenacious Dogs fight way to top of table
r8       2016-17

The Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs continued their quest for back-to-back premierships with a stunning victory over Penrith last Saturday.

After persistent rain during the week it was a credit to the dedicated City of Canterbury-Bankstown ground staff that play was possible. Many other grounds were closed but Jensen was in fine fettle.

The Panthers started confidently and raced to 47 in quick time. Bankstown stormed back into contention with some inspired bowling from the speedsters and Jarrad Burke. The game changed dramatically and the visitors slumped to 3-50. Alister McDermott, a guest player from the Sydney Thunder squad, made the early in-roads and skipper Jarrad Burke snared his usual victim soon after commencing his spell. Repeatedly the skipper breaks through early which always gets the Doggies barking. Bankstown welcomed the debut of Alister McDermott who is the son of legendary paceman Craig McDermott. He shattered the stumps of Sammut for a duck and the Bulldogs never looked back. Mitch Claydon ensured there was no middle order revival with several wickets as the Panthers slumped to 8-80.

To their credit the visitors lifted the total to 130 in a determined fight back, which gave them a glimmer of hope. However McDermott struck again and fittingly the skipper wound up the innings. The bowling honours were shared between McDermott and Claydon who troubled all batsmen in the idyllic batting conditions. McDermott who debuted for Queensland at just 17 finished with 3-27 from his 10 fiery overs. Claydon claimed 3-33 from his 10 and Burke finished with 2-21 in yet another excellent spell.  Wells and Solway starred in the field with two fine catches whilst Brown took a useful one. Mitch Stretton once again impressed behind the stumps and is one of the most consistent glove men in the competition.

Bankstown started shakily in reply and looked in trouble at 2-17. However, run machine Phil Wells and ever-reliable Mitch Brown tamed the Panthers with a dominant partnership. Brown hammered 46 with 5 boundaries and a stunning six whilst Wells plundered 48 not out with 9 dynamic boundaries. His straight and off drives raced into the fence and one crashed past the bowler like a rocket. Kerrod White kept the momentum going with 21 not out as Bankstown raced to 3-131 and a useful bonus point.

The next game is limited overs format match against Randwick-Petersham on 7th January at Memorial Oval.

Second Grade

Bankstown batted poorly and was cleaned up by the Panthers attack. Kayne Grove looked in fine touch and it was a surprise when he fell for 20. Matt Smith showed the higher order batsmen how to do it with a defiant 24 not out but Bankstown was dismissed for 112. The Panthers had no trouble racing to 1-114 and victory. Smith was the only wicket taker and probed away with great enthusiasm.

Third Grade

Penrith outplayed the Bulldog thirds last Saturday. A poor batting effort saw Bankstown dismissed for a meagre 160. Penrith scored 6-164 in reply to take the points. Jake Grove smashed 5 boundaries and a powerful six in his sparkling 31. Very much in form run maker Jehan Bilimoria once again top scored with a fighting 32. Skipper Andrew O'Brien scored 27 in a handy knock whilst Alex Schipp defied all efforts to remove him with a very confident 22 unconquered. Dayne Heward was at his enthusiastic best with 3-37 but Penrith's batsman took control and the points

Fourth Grade

In a most exciting game at Rance Oval the Panthers scored a thrilling win. Bankstown struggled to 144 after being sent in to bat on a rain-affected wicket. Although the batting total was most disappointing, the bowlers rallied for the Bulldogs. Highly respected young skipper Alex Kouventaris was the Bulldogs batting star with a majestic 57 not out but the rest of the batting disappointed. Rhys Ward really got the Bulldogs barking with a devastating spell. The hostile paceman ripped into the Panthers to claim 4-15, which kept the Bulldogs in the game. Kouventaris claimed 2-28 to prove his all-round worth but Penrith just got home in a hectic finish.

Fifth Grade

The Fifth Grade fixture was unfortunately cancelled as Raby Oval was closed due to the wet weather.