by David Gavin
Nick Larkin has returned to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to pass a significant milestone in his career on a day which saw strong performances across the competition with the bat and ball.
The half-century (53) for the New South Wales’ Blues batsman was not the most prodigious he had ever scored, but the landmark he achieved in the process was.
His first innings of the year after returning from a broken finger took Larkin past 5000 runs in his First Grade career. He has now scored 5019 runs at an average of 34.14 in Sydney’s premier cricket competition.
It was a patient day for the students with bat in hand, as they declared on the first innings at 8/257 from 88 overs. Along with Larkin, plenty of players made starts for University including Ben Trevor-Jones, who managed 48. The pair featured in a century opening stand.
Some tight bowling by Western Suburbs kept them in the contest. Jonathan Cook was the most miserly and effective of the bowlers returning 4-49 from 32 overs. The Magpies were 0/18 at the close of play.
At the Old Kings Oval, UNSW dominated proceedings with James Henry posting his highest score in the top grade. The brother of Sheffield Shield cricketer for New South Wales and Queensland, Scott Henry, scored 153 from 285 balls faced to bring up his seventh First Grade century.
The Parramatta attack had a hard time removing both Henry and Nick Selman, as the pair shared in a partnership of 226 for the second wicket. On debut, Selman seemed set for a dream start to his First Grade career with a century, but he was dismissed an agonising three runs short for 97. UNSW finished the day at 7/341.
Ben Martin returned 4-80 for the hosts. It was the second consecutive match the paceman had taken four wickets in an innings.
It took Luke Ohrynowsky 47 innings to register his first century in First Grade, now the Fairfield-Liverpool batsman has two to his name in as many matches.
Ohrnynowsky spent nearly four hours at the crease compiling 121 at Rosedale Oval, as the Randwick Petersham bowlers failed to take his wicket. In his last two innings, the only way that his opponents have been able to dismiss him is by run out. On Saturday, Riley Ayre was the man in the field to bring about his demise. Ayre also picked up 4-109 to complete a successful day for the left-arm spinner. Fairfield-Liverpool finishing 8/318 at stumps.
Bankstown captain Michael Stretton produced a very important innings against Penrith in his return for the club. Batting at number seven, Stretton came to the crease with his side at 5/105, scoring 88 to steady the ship and guide Bankstown to a total of 279.
However, Penrith quickly found themselves in deep trouble losing 6-72 before stumps. Wickets were shared amongst the four bowlers used by Stretton with Nathan McAndrew taking 2-27 and Ben Taylor also chiming in with 2-5 from 3 overs.
Campbelltown-Camden captain Jarrad Burke was amongst the wickets again with 4-80 to take his season’s tally to 14. However, it was Sydney who had the better of proceedings on Saturday.
A maiden First Grade century to Justin Mosca (103), and half-centuries to Harry Dalton (88) and Anthony Mosca (54), helped build an imposing first innings total of 9/363.
In pursuit of their first victory of the season, Blacktown made a solid start against St George. Daya Singh (91) and Jake Fawcett (81) were key contributors to the 303 scored by the home side. It was an extension of the fantastic form that Fawcett had been showing early on in the season with 235 runs at 58.8.
Nick Stapleton was the best of the bowlers with figures of 4-60, although his day ended on a sour note, out first ball of the St George innings to leave the visitors 1/8 at the end of the day’s play.
In other matches, Hawkesbury is 3/168 from 49 overs against Eastern Suburbs (Lowe 55 not out, Gauci 51 not out); North Sydney is 7/196 away to Manly-Warringah (Bryant 68, Green 4-43); Mosman bowled out Sutherland for 364 (Saroukos 84, Watson 71, Dassanayake 3-70) and are 0/31 in reply; and Gordon are 2/246 from 75 overs at Mark Taylor Oval against Northern District (Cahlin 86, Colley 62 not out).