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Bulldogs sink star-studded Sharks


In an amazing turnaround, the Bulldogs beat the Sharks on Sunday even more convincingly than the Sharks defeated them on Saturday. The difference was that Sunday was the quarter final of the One Day limited overs competition. Also, Sutherland was boosted on Sunday by former Test Star Shane Watson and Big Bash supremo Ben Dwarshuis. Bankstown batted first on Sunday and that man Daniel Solway continued his amazing run of success with a blistering 125 not out. He once again stole the limelight as he plundered 11 fours and two giant sixes and methodically tore apart the Sharks attack. Solway unleashed powerful drives and superb leg glances as he raced to his century and beyond. Sutherland wilted under his onslaught and he received plenty of support from Jake Cormack who hammered 78 and played all the shots with unbridled enthusiasm. Chris Ridley was not afraid to loft the ball in his forceful knock. However, he fell when he holed out for 29 off the bowling of super star Shane Watson. Brendan Smith added a useful 27 to round off a great team effort The Bankstown total of 5-296 was formidable but the strengthened Sharks outfit fancied their chances. An Aaron Bird-led pace blitz crushed Sutherland with Bird using all his cunning and clever changes of pace to snuff out the visitor’s chances. His 4-42 really got the Bulldogs barking and he never let the Sharks off the hook. His protégé Rhys Williams controlled his pace and accuracy conceding just 16 runs from 8 excellent overs. Kyle Brockley took 2-25 and bowled with great enthusiasm. Talented left arm spinner Ben Taylor delivered the knockout blow with 3-29 as the Sharks floundered to be all out for 137. It was a great effort from Bankstown and the side now progresses to the semi-final. On Saturday, the Bankstown Sports Bulldogs crashed to defeat against the Sutherland Sharks at Memorial. Chasing 281 the normally reliable Bankstown batting line-up collapsed to be dismissed for a humble 147. Ethan Leten chanced his arm and scored an entertaining 34 with 7 boundaries. Leten pounded the mid-on boundary with some ferocious lofted drives. Jake Cormack hammered five boundaries in his fighting 29. Champion all-rounder Nathan McAndrew defied the Sharks bowlers and held on determinedly for 30. Next Saturday and Sunday Bankstown will take on Manly at Memorial Oval in a crucial fixture commencing at 10.30a.m. Second grade

Bankstown’s 5-316 and 3-75 was far too many for the Sharks who struggled to 207 and 180. Punishing Joel Brockley was the Bulldogs batting star with a superb 130 which contained 19 sparkling boundaries and 2 sensational sixes. Cameron Middleton was in fine form with 12 boundaries in his 89 which was at a run a ball. Wallace Marshall ripped into the Sharks with 5-44 in their second innings and beat the bat repeatedly. Ever reliable Tushaar Garg claimed 2-31 in his tidy spell. Bankstown knocked off the required runs for an outright win and surged to 3-75. Joel Brockley continu