BOLD STROKE: The Dolphins’ Michael Nesser hits out against Sunshine Coast.
BOLD STROKE: The Dolphins’ Michael Nesser hits out against Sunshine Coast. Scott Powicktwedolphins

Dolphins in top form

SUPERB bowling displays by medium pacer Dave Heavyside and leg spinner Daniel Doran have the Gold Coast Dolphins well placed to push for outright points in their Queensland premier grade cricket game against Sunshine Coast at Kerrydale.

Gold Coast, at first go with the willow, knocked up 151 on the back of a dogged 38 from Heavyside, near the bottom of the batting order.

Then Heavyside and Doran got to work with the ball, claiming nine wickets between them, scuttling the visitors for a miserable 81 and claiming the final wicket as the shadows lengthened across the oval.

Heavyside, who has been in superb touch with bat and ball all season, snared 5-19 off nine tight overs, five of which were maidens.

Doran also shone with the ball, his accuracy and turn enabling him to pick up 3-21 from his 11.2 overs.

Both men were active in picking up wickets at both ends of the innings.

And both were quickly into the action, after opening pair Chris Swan and Corey McMahon took a bit of the shine off the ball. Heavyside troubled the scoreboard immediately and quickly had three wickets beside his name.

Doran was introduced to the attack not long after and he grabbed the prize wicket of handy opener Nielsen, who was beginning to middle the ball, before Doran found the edge and Nick Stevens snapped up the catch.

Heavyside was spot on with his bowling and nearly all his deliveries were on the stumps, which dried up the runs and in the end forced the batsmen to make mistakes.

Two of his victims were leg before wicket decisions, two others were caught by team mates and he pulled in a smart return catch to claim his other wicket.



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