New South Wales Blues’ fast bowler Doug Bollinger can now add another five-wicket haul in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to his career after tearing through Mosman on Saturday.
There were a number of tight contests on Saturday and more of the same on Sunday in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
The Whales’ lower order had no answer for Bollinger, who took 5-61 from 19 overs to bring up his first five-wicket haul in First Grade.
Bollinger made his first grade debut in 2001/02 and has played just 103 first grade matches since, due to NSW and Australian selection. He has taken 237 wickets at 19.57 with in his career with a best of 7/28.
It continues a terrific run of form for the veteran quick, who took match figures of 6-103 against Queensland in the last round of the JLT Sheffield Shield.
Despite a brave century by Patrick Pisel (100) for Mosman, Bollinger led the Fairfield-Liverpool attack with authority as the home side bowled out the visitors for 275 to complete an important 31 run victory.
Sutherland youngster Luke Hawkesworth was a stand out with the bat against Eastern Suburbs playing a pivotal role for his team, as they chased down a massive target for first innings points.
Hawkesworth scored 119 from 152 balls in an innings which included 16 boundaries, with Sutherland reaching the enormous winning total of 400 with two wickets in hand.
Daniel Rixon (72), son of former New South Blues’ wicketkeeper Steve Rixon, provided great support for Hawkesworth, as the pair combined for a sixth wicket partnership of 168. Jarryd Biviano (72) provided the platform for the run chase at the top of the order. Blues’ spinner Will Somerville took 4-86 from 32 overs for the losing side.
It was another heart stopper at Hurstville Oval with Sydney prevailing by one wicket. At 7-95, Sydney were in all sorts of trouble in pursuit of 284 for victory and all hope may have seemed lost. That was until Ryan Felsch (73) and Nic Bills (87 not out) strode to the crease and performed the ultimate rescue mission.
The No. 8 and No. 9 batsmen combined for an eighth wicket partnership of 103 to give the Tigers a chance before another 56-run partnership between Bills and Alex Glendenning (12) put them within striking distance.
The captain Daniel Smith then provided the finishing touches with 21 not out at number eleven to seal the backs-to-the-wall win. The triumph overshadowed a marvellous performance by captain and all-rounder Nicholas Stapleton, who returned 6-72 opening the attack for St George.
(Nic Bills 87 not out)
Gordon produced one of the upsets of the season to down Manly-Warringah also in a nail biter. After a century to Adam Crosthwaite last weekend, Axel Cahlin produced the second century of the match with a patient 116 from 212 balls on Saturday. His innings laid the foundations from which wicketkeeper Ashley Doolan could then launch with a rapid 84 not out from just 53 deliveries to ultimately guide his team to another tense one wicket win.
The loss meant that the ladder leaders heading into round five fall to fourth on the table. Their top spot was taken by Sydney University, who only just narrowly escaped defeat themselves.
Penrith resumed at 0/3 against the students on Saturday and it appeared a lost cause when the team fell to 5/84 early on. However, 109 not out from Michael Castle breathed new life into the chase. His partnership with Jonathon Sammut (54) steadied the ship and gave the Panthers hope, but it wasn’t enough, as the hosts went down by 35 runs.
The wickets were shared amongst the Sydney University bowlers with Dugald Holloway returning the best figures of 3-43.
Hawkesbury opened its account for the season with a win over UNSW which was set up by a century to Jaskaran Cheema (133) the previous week. Son of legendary Pakistani leg spinner Abdul Qadir, Usman Qadir, brought up his first haul of five wickets (5-84) in his debut match for the home team in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Nick Selman scored 119 in just his third match for the students in First Grade. After coming so close to notching a maiden century in his debut match in round three, where he scored 97, Selman capitalised to bring up three figures. He has now scored 320 runs at an average of 106.7 for the season.
Time ran out for Randwick Petersham to force an outright win after leading on the first innings against Blacktown. The hosts declared at 2/226 after Jason Hughes (102 not out) and Shaun Eaton (91) posted a 173-run stand before sending the visitors in for one final effort.
Blacktown was finding things difficult in its second innings but held on a to be 4/121 at stumps. Adam Semple picked up 4-53 for Randwick Petersham.
In other results, Parramatta 4/430 upset Bankstown 263 to win by 167 runs on the first innings with Blues’ quick Sean Abbott taking 3-62 (B. Smith 121, O. Simonsen 3-43), Campbelltown-Camden 8/343 fell an agonising nine runs short to draw with North Sydney (P.Wells 99, J. Burke 78 not out, N. Naguleswaran 3-84) and Western Suburbs defeated Northern District on the first innings by four wickets (J. Psarakis 66, A. Isherwood 55, J. Pattison 3-47).
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Hawkesbury maintained top billing in the Sydney Thunder conference after an emphatic defeat over Campbelltown-Camden, tearing apart the Ghosts’ batting order, to be all out for 56. All the bowlers pitched in for the victors with Arjun Nair returning 2-7.
Parramatta and Northern District were the only two teams to produce back-to-back wins on Sunday as both outfits made the most of their home ground advantage.
Parramatta defeated Bankstown for the second time over the weekend in its first match and a win over Central Coast to move the club to second in the Thunder conference.
Ben Abbott enjoyed his time in the shorter format producing consecutive fifties in both matches. The opener was blistering in his assault on both attacks scoring 57 from 23 balls and 54 from 35 balls respectively.
He wasn’t the only batsman to post dual fifties however, with Northern District captain Jonathan Whealing among several batsmen to reach the mark.
Whealing made 55 in the first win over Sydney University and 56 in the second against the ACT. Jonte Pattison picked up 4-33 against the students and opening bowler Ross Pawson chipped in with a very handy 4-24 against the territorians.
The wins put Northern District into fourth in the Thunder Conference just behind Penrith, who defeated Western Suburbs by seven runs in its only match on Sunday.
Despite not picking up a wicket in either game for Mosman, Brett Lee showed he still has what it takes, returning the economical figures of 0-18 and 0-22 from each of his four overs. Scott Rodgie was another batsman to score consecutive half centuries with 57 on the losing side of the ledger against UNSW and a pivotal 50 from 46 deliveries to ensure victory against North Sydney.
The Whales moved into the top four of the Sydney Sixers’ conference which Gordon leads on net run-rate. Six teams are log-jammed on two wins including Gordon, Sydney, Sutherland, Mosman, UNSW and Newcastle.
Daniel Morton was most impressive for Newcastle in its win over Eastern Suburbs picking up 5-32. The Novocastrians were prevented from making it two from two later in the day, largely due to Jack Edwards who plundered 71 from 46 balls for Manly-Warringah.
Moises Henriques slipped straight into T20 mode against Randwick Petersham, scoring 53 in an unsuccessful run chase which saw St George fall 16 runs short. Nicholas Stapleton also scored 56 for the Saints, but it was Daniel Sams who was in the spotlight.
The all-rounder mercilessly dispatched the St George attack to all parts, racking up 92 runs in 39 balls. It was the highest score for the tournament thus far.