Lower grade batsmen were quick to get into the thick of the action on Saturday in the first round of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.
Mosman opening batsman John Procajlo opened his account with a blistering 170 against Bankstown in second grade. Despite loosing his opening partner early, Procajlo showed no sign of slowing down as he raced to his mammoth total off 132 deliveries in a knock that included 10 fours and 12 sixes.
He was well supported by Michael Bryant (79) as the pair helped Mosman post an imposing total of five for 333 which proved too much for Bankstown who were dismissed in the final over for 278.
Randwick Petersham’s Third grade middle order batsman Ravin De Silva also passed 150 against North Sydney at Petersham Oval. The home side lost three early wickets but De Silva’s 155 helped anchor the innings along with other contributions from the middle order as the home side set a target of 309.
North Sydney’s run chase struggled to gather any momentum with the loss of regular wickets. Randwick Petersham bowler Jack Standing was the chief destroyer picking up six wickets to claim victory by 101 runs.
The brilliant batting display continued into the fourth grade fixture between Hawkesbury and St George at Bensons Lane. It was another impressive opening knock by Hawkesbury’s Cameron Kwok who posted 151 off 139 deliveries striking 14 fours and 3 sixes in the process.
Kwok combined with Connor Mizzi (69) for a 170-run partnership for the third wicket. Some cameos from the lower order got the home side to eight for 305 that set up a 65-run victory.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing with the bat in the lower grades. In fourth grade Western Suburbs came out on top against Parramatta in a low scoring affair at Merrylands Oval.
Western Suburbs won the toss and elected to bowl first and the Magpies attack made the most of the early conditions to dismiss the home side for just 87. Zain Shamsi walked way with five wickets for just eight runs from his 10 overs.
The batting woes continued into the afternoon as the Parramatta attack looked to replicate the bowler’s impact from the morning session, but it wasn’t enough as Wests passed the small total in the 29th over for the loss of seven wickets to claim a bonus point win.
The day’s bowling honours went to Gordon’s Fifth Grade opening bowler, Danusha Seneviratne, who claimed eight wickets in a rare feat for a one-day match.