Round 2 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition came to an end at the close of play on day two on Saturday.
Hawkesbury cricket club had mixed results across the weekend picking up two wins in 5th grade and 2nd grade against a strong Sydney cricket club.
But the club celebrated some brilliant individual milestones over the weekend. Experienced opening bowler Shane Mott claimed his 500th wicket for the club in Hawkesbury’s loss to Sydney in 3rd grade at Bensons Lane.
The milestone includes 369 wickets coming from his celebrated first grade career since 2002/02.
Mott has moved down the grades to lend his knowledge and experience to talented lower grade bowlers like Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer.
Young opening bowler Van Den Nieuwboer ran riot in Hawkesbury’s 2nd Grade victory over Sydney with figures of 8-61 off 22.2 overs. His performance will see him enter Hawkesbury’s records books for the best 2nd-grade bowling figures in the club’s history.
Sydney cricket club also chimed in with an impressive individual performance of their own this week. Fourth-grade bowler Thomas Mullen also had a good day out with the ball collecting 6-33 in what has been an impressive start to the season. The young bowler already has 10 wickets to his name at an average of just 5.2.
There was another impressive bowling performance in second grade during this weekend’s local rivalry between St George and Sutherland. Ross Vergopoulos rolled through the Sharks batting line-up to finish with figures of 7-44 off 22.5 overs to help St George claim a 93-run victory.
Rounding out the bowling performances this round is Manly fourth grade bowler Jacob Graham. Defending 270 the Northern District were cruising at 2-219. Graham grabbed the big wicket of opposition captain Ryan Bolger on 93 to break the game open for Manly. Unfortunately, their run of wickets came too late as Northern District passed the total with just two wickets in hand to seal a narrow victory.
Big individual scores with the bat helped some teams from the lower grades chase some big totals posted from day one.
None more so than North Sydney’s second-grade captain Glenn Aitken. Aitken channelled his years of first-grade experience to help his side chase down Bankstown’s colossal total of 411 in just 80 overs.
The Bears looked down and out with the score on 6-245 until Aitken’s counter-attacking knock of 127 not out from number 8 helped wrestle the momentum back in favour of the home side to eventually pass the total with two wickets in hand to maintain their undefeated to start the season.
Number eight in the batting order was the place to be in the lower grades as Blacktown’s fifth-grade captain, Ben Grayson, showed against Sydney University.
Needing 234 for victory Blacktown’s batting line-up struggled to string together any significant partnerships with some of the top and middle order unable to convert starts. But the skipper took control of the game in a dominant display of power hitting to finish unbeaten on 130 in a knock that featured nine boundaries and 11 sixes.