Mosman’s Matthew Moran took the honours on the opening day of Round 2 with a magnificent double century in Third Grade at Coogee Oval.
The 17-year-old Mosman junior, whose previous highest score in Premier Cricket was 41 not out, faced just 204 balls in compiling 202 with 25 fours and 4 sixes after being asked to bat first by Randwick Petersham.
With healthy contributions from captain Aadil Khalil (64), Manish Malhotra (51) and Rehan Anjum (52) the Mosman side declared at 6 for 402 off just 68 overs, despite a valiant 5-69 from bowler Nathan Stares.
Randwick Petersham is 3-10 in reply.
Other notable batting displays came from opening batsmen Mitchell Gray and Ethan Leten in the second-grade competition. St George’s Mitchell Gray scored an unbeaten 156 not out in his 98 over stay at the crease against local rivals Sutherland at Harold Fraser Oval.
Bankstown’s second-grade side declared on 6/411 after just 84 overs which was the highest team total across the lower grades on the weekend thanks in large part to Leten’s 140 at the top of the order.
Lower grade bowlers have responded well to the batting dominance in last weekend’s opening round of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition, with more than ten five-wicket hauls taken across the grades.
Penrith’s Chris Withers took the bowling honours this week with figures of 8-56 from 16.3 overs in their third-grade clash against Parramatta at Merrylands Oval. The opening bowler was quick to dismiss both opening batsmen early to have Parramatta two wickets down for just two runs.
Hayden Goulstone (100), Matthew Giumelli (76) and Yusof Brown (49) held firm before Withers removed the trio of middle order batsmen. Withers continued to roll through the remaining batsman with some assistance to dismiss the home side for 249 to set up an even contest heading into next weekend’s run chase.
In second grade it was yet another strong opening bowling performance by Northern District’s Joshua Miller against a strong Manly-Warringah line up at Mark Taylor Oval.
Manly won the toss and elected to bat first, but the typically batter-friendly venue which hosted plenty of runs in last week’s first-grade fixture was anything but as the home side dictated terms with the ball in hand.
Miller finished with incredible figures of 6-28 from 20 overs. The Northern District attack made scoring tough for the opposition by being very economical and taking regular wickets. The home side restricted the opposition to a modest 116 from 76 overs in a bowling performance that included 37 maiden overs.
Northern Districts appear on track to claim first innings points as they finished play on day one on 95 for the loss of four wickets from just 21 overs and will have one eye towards a possible outright victory next week.
Sydney’s Ash Squire collected 6-44 from 27.4 overs his team’s second grade match against Hawkesbury at Birchgrove Park.
After asking Hawkesbury to bat first, the Tigers struggled to find an early breakthrough. After Squire dismissed both opening batsmen, the away side struggled to gather any momentum with the bat. Hawkes players were unable to convert their starts into big scores, which limited them to 241 from 75 overs.
In Fourth Grade actions, Sutherland’s Dominic Michalak (6-52) and UNSW’s Alec Charlewood (6-59) round out the strong bowling performances for the weekend.
Play on day two will continue on Saturday with play to commence at 10:30am in second grade and 12:15pm in the lower grades.