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Bulldogs too strong for Warriors and Hawks
r6 and T20       2016-17

The Bankstown Sports Bulldogs Cricket Premier first grade side has a reputation as one of the most attacking sides in Sydney Cricket. This was enhanced when they comprehensively defeated the Blacktown Warriors in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Round 4 fixture at Blacktown Stadium on Sunday.


The Bulldogs hammered an imposing 5 - 175 after their allocated 20 overs. Once again Kerrod White stole the show with a superb 77, blasting the home side off the park. White grabbed the initiative straight away and batted for just 51 deliveries. The attacking stroke-maker is entertainment plus and delighted the crowd with 3 huge sixes and 7 sparkling boundaries. Phil Wells added 24 in good style and his opening stand of 72 with White got the Bulldogs off to a flier. Mitch Brown played a delightful cameo and hit three ferocious sixes in his 35. Limited over specialist Aaron Bird kept the scoreboard ticking over with 19 before a run out brought him undone. The Bulldogs raced to 5-175, which is an imposing 20 overs total. Bankstown launched a savage pace blitz as the home side began the onerous run chase. Nathan McAndrew warmed up for the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder by claiming 3-19. He shattered the stumps of the dangerous ex Bulldog Simon Keen for a duck as the Warriors struggled from the outset. Mitch Claydon added to their woes when he got rid of Lilley and Norton in quick succession. McAndrew struck again when he removed Hinton plus Panesar and the Bulldogs were really barking loudly with 5-36.  The noise reached a crescendo when the skipper chimed in with two wickets, which disposed of the middle order. All-rounder Mitch Brown joined in the party with two wickets in one spirited over. Youngster Tommie Sowden claimed the last victim as the Warriors wobbled to just 115 and a comprehensive defeat. McAndrew finished with 3-19 whilst Mitch Claydon took 2-18, Jarrad Burke 2-14 and versatile Mitch Brown 2-7.


First Grade

The Bulldogs also cruised to victory against Hawkesbury on Saturday at Memorial Oval. The Hawks had failed to soar on the opening day and managed just 177 against a persistent and aggressive Bulldogs pace attack. Mitchell Phelps inspired Bankstown with 4-33 in good batting conditions. Phelps beat the bat repeatedly and gave no opportunity for a lower order revival. Bankstown's Daniel Solway quickly snuffed out the visitors' hopes with a magnificent innings. The classy opener played some very confident drives and powerful pull shots as he raced to a superb 101. Solway found a willing partner in the entertaining Kerrod White who compiled a dashing 41 in even time. It was a delightful cameo as the Bulldogs clinched a crucial victory. In the Hawkesbury second innings it was a much improved effort from the visitors who finished with 3-142. Bankstown has now won four games out of six as they defend their premiership title. Next week the Bulldogs take on the Sutherland Sharks at Glenn McGrath Oval from 10.30.


Second Grade

Seconds scored a morale boosting victory over Hawkesbury at Owen Earle last Saturday. The Bulldogs chased an imposing 315 and just got the points in a nail biting finish. Bankstown finished with 8-318 after a fighting stand by spinners Matt Smith and David Lozinski. Charlie Dummer once again was at the top of his game with a classy and match-winning 81 whilst ever-reliable Bailey Dickinson batted confidently with an invaluable 74. Dummer was in superb touch and plundered 8 boundaries together with a towering six. The prolific Dummer looked well on his way to a well-deserved century until he was the victim of a very unfortunate run out. Dickinson gave the Bulldogs just the start they needed for the marathon run chase. Chris Ridley chimed in with a useful 47. At 8-298 the game looked evenly poised but the defiant spinners Smith (10no) and Lozinski (15no) showed plenty of grit with the bat to guide the Bulldogs to victory.


Third Grade

The thirds were involved in a draw after yet another thriller. The Hawks totalled 256 and Bankstown fought valiantly but fell short with 8-206. Iain Ridley again kept the scorers busy with a fighting 32. However, the versatile Cameron Middleton top-scored with a very important 38, which kept the Bulldogs barking. Daniel Slane has plenty of potential and once again caught the eye with a defiant 37.


Fourth Grade

Bankstown scored 206 thanks to a classy 60 from talented Brendan Clark who was in superb touch. Mansukh Singh compiled 40 in fine style and looks very promising indeed. Hayden Probert was very impressive once again with a defiant 34 whilst the tail wagged to give the Dogs attack something to defend. However the Hawks had little trouble with this target and cruised to 5-209 to take the points. Clark completed a fine double with 2-42 in a tidy spell.


Fifth Grade

A fine all-round batting effort enabled the Bulldogs to amass 5-384. Jackson Isakka was the batting star with 103 not out. It was his maiden century and there will be plenty more as his career develops. In reply the Hawks were also in fine batting form with 8-332. Mat Kelly was his usual enthusiastic self with 3-46. The captain certainly leads by example in all facets of the game. Gurnoor Singh claimed 3/92 off 16 overs in his attacking spell that helped keep the visitors at bay.