Eastern Suburbs teams poised for finals action 

While their first grade team hasn’t had the happiest time of it so far in the 2012-13 season, Eastern Suburbs have been the dominant club overall in the lower grades.

All lower grade Griffins teams are in the finals places at the Christmas break, including both their third grade teams who sit second and third.

Western Suburbs and Northern Suburbs are also having strong seasons in the lower grades, mirroring the success of their top grade teams who are battling for the minor 

premiership.

SECOND GRADE

Eastern Suburbs hold a slender advantage over Northern Suburbs at the halfway stage.

The Griffins are on 25 points, one clear of Norths, having yet to lose a game so far this campaign.

Western Suburbs youngster Josh Fisher stands atop the second grade batting standings with 259 runs at an average of 43.17 including a century against City in round three, while Thornton Park’s Dane Castles has been the best with the ball.

Castles has 20 wickets at 13.95, including an impressive seven wicket haul against Raymond Terrace.

Kurri Weston all-rounder Rob Flanagan leads the way in the player of the year voting with six, ahead of a host of players on five.

THIRD GRADE

Western Suburbs have dominated third grade so far, with the Plovers holding an eight point lead over the two Eastern Suburbs teams.

A pair of outright victories and the loss of only 35 wickets in total has seen Wests surge to the front, with Plovers dominating the competition stats.

Glenn Maher’s 294 runs at 98 sees him well clear at the top of the batting standings, while Daniel Hazeldene’s 20 wickets puts him in third for the competition bowling aggregate. 

Easts Matthew Stammer leads the competition with the ball with 25 wickets including an extraordinary 10 wicket haul.

Wests all-rounder Phil Connell has the honour of the performance of the summer so far, scoring a century and taking 10 wickets on the same day in the Plovers’ win over Kurri Weston in round seven.

FOURTH GRADE

Thornton Park are the team to catch in fourth grade, with the Thunder leading the competition by five points from Tenambit Morpeth.

Nine wins already has Thornton in the box seat for the minor premiership, with Norths, Easts and Raymond Terrace separated by

 a point from fourth to sixth respectively.

City United’s Reg Rogers leads the player of the year voting with 12 thanks largely to his impressive efforts with the bat.

Rogers has 348 runs at 38.67 to sit tied at the top of the batting standings with Kurri Weston’s Sam Bennett.

Grant Power of Tenambit Morpeth and City United’s Daniel Burford top the bowling charts with 22 wickets each. 

FIFTH GRADE

Not to be outdone by their fourth grade clubmates, Thornton Park’s fifth grade team are halfway to a perfect season at the Christmas break.

The Thunder have won 12 from 12  to lead the competition with 48 points, 11 clear of second placed City United.

Thornton pair Mitchell Cummins and Ray Gallagher have starred with the bat, scoring 599 runs between them at impressive averages of 80.25 and 69.5 respectively.

Cummins also leads the player of the year voting with 16.

The Thunder have been just as dominant with the ball.

Greg Mitchell and Ben Cotton lead the way for the competition, taking 20 and 18 wickets at measly averages of 4.40 and 5.78.

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