Salman Irshad, the 22-year-old rising star spotted by Lahore Qalandars during a player development program, has made an impressive debut in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Signed by Hawkesbury during Qalandar's rising stars recent visit to Australia, Salman put in an impressive performance against UNSW at David Philips South. Salman finished day one with figures of 5-46 and continued to run through the UNSW line-up on his way to picking up an impressive 8-52 to secure a 23-run win in the 1st innings.
Hawkesbury continued to press on for an outright win declaring on 5-291 after 51 overs thanks mainly by top-order batsman Kerrod Gordon who scored a quick-fire 138 from 128 deliveries. But an outright result for Hawkesbury was out of reach when the UNSW batsmen safely negotiated the remaining overs.
Batsmen across the lower grades continued to go big on the second day of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket’s Remembrance Day round.
Parramatta’s second-grade batsman Ben Abbott was the pick of the batsmen this week. Abbott’s score of 166 against Bankstown at Old Kings Oval came from just 114 deliveries blasting 22 fours and seven sixes in the process. His performance almost stole the show from his club’s first-grade captain Nick Bertus who scored an unbeaten 206 the week before. More importantly, both performances helped each side take the points with Abbott’s team passing Bankstown’s total of 266 in quick time, finishing on 4-292 in the 48th over.
Fairfield-Liverpool’s Zach Johns was another second-grade batsman to get among the runs in round five. Facing the nearly impossible task of chasing down Mosman’s total of 5-542 from day one, Fairfield-Liverpool put up a valiant effort on the back of John’s 124. With support from opening batsman Chris Gibson (89) and captain Russell Wilcoxon (79), the away side clawed their way to 7-393 from 115 overs to walk away with a respectable draw and one valuable competition point.
UNSW’s fifth-grade bowler Blake Hudson produced the next best bowling performance of the round. In his match against Hawkesbury at Bensons Lane no.3, Hudson had figures of 6-35 in the first innings to dismiss Hawkesbury for 135 that his side successfully chased in 40 overs. He then took 1-20 in the second innings to take his wicket tally for the match to six.
Campbelltown-Camden’s Joshua Appleton was another lower-grade bowler to surpass the five-wicket milestone this week. In a losing side, Appleton claimed 6-85 against North Sydney in second-grade dismissing them for 258 at Bon Andrews Oval.
In what was a mighty round with the bat for the Parramatta club, they also have a bowler featuring in this week’s highlights. Fifth-grade bowler Tevin Liyanage collected five wickets for just 17 runs in his 11.5 over spell against Bankstown. Defending 328, Liyanage’s performance helped set up a convincing win for the away side which has kept them in the top six of the fifth-grade competition on 24-points just five points away from the top of the ladder.
Rounding out this week’s highlights is Blacktown’s experienced second-grade captain Tony Clark. In the first innings, Clark had 3-27 against Randwick-Petersham at Joe McAleer Oval. His side declared their first innings with a 144-run lead before Clark continued to lead from the front in the second innings taking 5-26, finishing with eight wickets in the match as his side eventually went on with the job to pick up the outright win.