Last Saturday saw Jason Sangha continue his rise to prominence in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on a record breaking day for the young batsman, where only four matches were completed during the Tibby Cotter round and rain forcing draws in the other six.
Just a month since his first century, the Randwick Petersham batsman compiled another fine innings of 100 not out to bring up his second hundred of the season. Sangha became the youngest player to have scored two First Grade centuries since Australian captain, Steve Smith, scored his second at 17 years 251 days in March 2007.
He and captain Anthony Sams (66) top-scored for Randwick Petersham against local foes UNSW, before the visitors declared at 3/264 after 64 overs. In reply, the students were 1/13 before rain stopped play leading to a drawn result.
Campbelltown-Camden were another of the teams fortunate enough to get on the field and Oliver Pope didn’t miss out on the opportunity to pile on some runs.
The Surrey wicketkeeper scored 114 from 112 deliveries to help guide the Ghosts to a comfortable first innings victory over St George.
It was his maiden First Grade century in just his second match. He peeled off eight fours and three sixes in the crucial knock for the home side. Aaron Yabsley (66) and Mitchell Carruthers (86) also made significant contributions.
Trent Copeland was released from state duties for the second innings of the match and returned the tidy figures of 2-42 from 12 overs. The win moves Campbelltown-Camden to third on the table.
Sydney University now find themselves one spot behind the Ghosts on the ladder after defeating Hawkesbury on the first innings at Sydney University Oval on Saturday.
Hawkesbury was bowled out for 199 after starting the day at 3/24. The leg spin of Devlin Malone did the trick for University, as the young bowler took 3-44. Others to feature in the wickets were Ben Joy (2-66), and Joe Kershaw (2-16), who was rested on the second Saturday.
New South Wales’ Blues all-rounder Arjun Nair was a notable performer with the bat for the losing side scoring 86 from 133 deliveries in the middle order.
Fairfield-Liverpool added another 64 runs to its overnight total of 7/279 against Sutherland, before declaring at 8/343, with Gurinder Sandhu bringing up his first century in the top grade. He scored 109 from 147 balls down the order at No. 8, reaching the boundary 13 times and clearing it on three occasions. The feat came just two rounds after his younger brother Harmon also scored his first for the club.
However, the Fairfield-Liverpool attack couldn’t contain the Sutherland batsmen. Chris Williams made his highest score of the season (84) to take him to 222 runs at 44.4.
Peter Saroukos (75) also pitched in with a very useful contribution and Austin Waugh (67 not out) also made his highest score in his short First Grade career so far. A quick fire knock of 52 from 55 balls for Dan Fallins completed an excellent all-round performance for the leg spinner, who returned figures of 4-145 with the ball.
A first innings win to Parramatta over Blacktown put it back in the top six. In pursuit of 300, the hosts fell 24 runs short. Both Daniel Nicotra (64) and Mitchell Hinds (63) tried their best but it wasn’t enough. Opening bowlers Scott Copperfield (3-44) and Ben Martin (3-48) led the way for the victors to push their way into the top six.
Opener Ned Eckersley was another to score his maiden First Grade century with 109 not out for Western Suburbs in the drawn match against Sydney. James Psarakis (52) was the other batsman to go pass fifty for the Magpies. Sydney off-spinner Ben Manenti also went to 14 wickets for the season taking 2-45.
In the top of the table match, Manly-Warringah had Eastern Suburbs in some trouble at 5/136 before rain called a halt to proceedings. Michael Visser was the destroyer for the away team picking up 4-58. The match finishing in a draw after play was unable to be resumed.
Northern District drew against Penrith after no play was possible on Day 1 due to rain. The home side finished the day at 4/135 with Luke Hodges taking all four wickets (4-26) for the Panthers. Henry Hunt kept his great season going, with 49 from 61 balls to take him to 499 runs for the campaign at an average of 124.8.