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R2 v Sydney - Match reports week 1

29th September 2018

Premier First Grade

The Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs restricted Sydney to 292 at Memorial last Saturday. It was quite a fightback by the visitors who at one stage were struggling at 7-161. Probing left arm spinner Ben Taylor called on all his flight and guile to claim 4-62 in his extremely accurate 32 over spell. He used the strong breeze cleverly and bottled up one end in his superb spell. Nathan McAndrew was at his lively best and took 2 wickets to get the Bulldogs barking. Liam Marshall is enjoying himself in the top grade and was rewarded with 3-50 from his productive 16 overs. At 17 years of age he is a definite prospect for representative honours in future. Skipper and wicket-keeper Michael Stretton kept his players on their toes and claimed two useful catches. McAndrew also revealed a safe pair of hands with two smart ones. The Bulldogs openers Daniel Solway and Peter Dignam had to negotiate one over before stumps and they played out a maiden. Play resumes next Saturday at 9.30am and the Bulldogs are keen to emulate their first-round run spree.

Second grade

The seconds are chasing the sizeable total of 407 at Birchgrove Oval. The team has the batsmen to chase down the big total given similar conditions on Saturday. Bankstown only batted for 11 overs and have started well with 0-23. Wallace Marshall stuck to the task at hand despite the run spree and was rewarded with 3-70 in a lionhearted effort. Jacob Malcolm unleashed some excellent deliveries in his incisive spell and claimed 3-49 in an outstanding effort. Dayne Heward troubled the middle order in his fiery spell and claimed two well-earned wickets.

Third grade

The thirds fought hard at Jensen and finished with 6-234. Iain Ridley wielded the willow to great success with a classy 33. Promising Daniel Hayes was in superb touch and hammered an explosive 62. He held the batting together with a delightful innings which kept the Bulldogs barking. Mansukh Singh offered solid resistance and revealed a vast array of strokes in his crucial 49. Jehan Bilimoria once again displayed his all-round value with a stylish 39 and always seems to be in the action. It was a fine fightback by the lower order and could prove valuable.

Fourth grade