Tight struggle in 1sts / PGs win 2 from 2
Premier Grade Cricket Publicity Round 3 v Randwick – Petersham 17 October 2020
The Bankstown Sports Club Bulldogs are locked in a titanic struggle with Randwick-Petersham at Bankstown Memorial Oval. The visitors won the toss and batted first but struggled from the outset with Liam Marshall and Matt Bursa claiming the early wickets. The crowd was eagerly awaited the arrival of ex Bulldog Anthony Sams to the crease but it was not to be a stellar day as he spooned the ball up to a gleeful Ben Taylor who held the catch aloft jubilantly off the bowling of young gun Brad Simpson. Randwick battled on stoically as Bankstown bowlers tied them down. Nathan McAndrew was particularly containing with his fast mediums and produced a superb delivery which rattled the stumps of a bewildered batsmen. Left arm spinner Ben Taylor closed off one end and captured 2 wickets with his daunting left arm spinners. It was a marathon 30 overs spell from the Canberra all-rounder. Fellow leftie Ben Le Bas chimed in with another economic spell whilst Brad Simpson worked up very good pace indeed in claiming 2 wickets. Matt Simpson had a fine day behind the stumps and took a spectacular acrobatic catch away down the leg side. Randwick-Petersham finished the day at 7/288 off 96 overs. It will be a solid run chase for the Bankstown Sports Bulldogs but they are more than capable of chasing down the target.
The Tony Clark led Seconds will be in a hefty run chase against Randwick-Petersham at the scenic Coogee Oval. The home side batted first and soon got the upper hand in good conditions amassing 4-322 off 89.1 overs. The Bulldogs will need to get barking vociferously if they are to emerge triumphant. Ryan Clark was on target in a lengthy spell which attempted to steady the run flow. He was all class and guile and beat the bat frequently. Tony Clark was his usual enthusiastic self and his 17 overs cost 51 runs. Daniel Burns celebrated his return with 0-35 off 12 whilst Gurinder Hara gave away just 28 runs in his tidy 11 over spell.
In the PG Under 21s on Sunday, Hawkesbury batted first and scored a handy 169 off 42.3 overs at Owen Earle Oval. It was nowhere near enough as it panned out with the Barking Bulldogs eclipsing the Hawks with 5-173 in the 46th over. Captain Liam Marshall had the wonderful figures of 4-22 from 6.3 overs and polished off the tail with his blistering pace. Brad Simpson claimed two of the top 3 Hawks and bowled two of them with his searing speed. Accurate Blake Pearson conceded just 39 runs from his 9 containing overs. Ryan Clark was very hard to get away and claimed 2-40 in his spell. In reply the Bulldogs stumbled to 4-22 and looked to be in troubled waters. To the rescue came Matt Simpson with 73 not out to repel all as the Hawks took flight. It was a dynamic innings and just what the Doggies needed. Modacer Momandi provided wonderful support with some stylish stroke play in his 65 which kept the Doggies Barking to victory. A resounding fight back by the boys in blue.