Win hope washes away

BANKSTOWN had to settle for a draw against local rivals Sutherland, after rain forced the First Grade match to be abandoned.

The side was in a strong position at the start of the second day’s play, but the inclement weather left officials no option but to abandon the match.
However, they won Second, Fourth and Fifth Grades to bank valuable points in the race for the Sydney Smith Club Championship trophy, with Second Grade now leading the race for the Albert Cup.
After last week’s batting demolition, the Bulldogs’ Seconds continued taking wickets at Bankstown Memorial Oval, with the final seven falling for just 24 runs.
The Bulldogs’ bowlers completely overwhelmed the Sharks’ batsmen.
Youngster Zane Mitchell keeps pushing for higher grades as his bowling continues to improve as he tore through the hapless batsmen.
He snared five wickets for just 23 runs and was unplayable with his speed and line. He was well supported by opener Muhammad Salman with 3 for 15 and Gurinder Hara with 2 for 10 as the visitors were bundled out for 53. Sent back in, the visitors fared better in their batting with 2/130 when stumps were drawn due to persistent rain. The Bulldogs scored a strong first innings win.