Bankstown opening batsman Daniel Solway has compiled his third century for the season in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on a day which also saw some outstanding bowling performances.
At his home ground, Solway sent the ball to the boundary 26 times and over it once, amassing a massive innings of 177 from 290 balls faced against St George on Saturday. It was his 9th First Grade century and fifth score over 150.
He was just seven runs shy of his highest ever score of 184 not out scored in 2014-15 also against St George.
Together with Jake Cormack, who scored 111 to bring up his first century of the season, Solway provided the foundation from which Bankstown could build its innings. St George could only pick up four wickets on a long day for the visitors, leaving the hosts 4-379 at stumps. Chris MacDougal was the best of the bowlers for the Saints returning 2-53.
In just his third match in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, son of the famous Pakistani spinner Abdul Qadir, Usman Qadir, has achieved his second five wicket haul for Hawkesbury.
Qadir was outstanding against Northern District returning a season best of 6-111 at Mark Taylor Oval. His figures were all the more meritorious as he removed the two highest scorers, Jonte Pattison (79) and captain Andrew Harriott (65). The spinner has now taken 13 wickets at an excellent average of 16.1.
Northern District was bowled out for 292 in the 89th over of the day with Hawkesbury 0/10 in reply.
Western Suburbs leg spinner Jonothan Cook also found himself among the wickets again, claiming five victims in the Campbelltown-Camden batting order.
His haul of 5-72 took him to the head of the pack as the leading wicket taker for the competition, with his nearest rival, Campbelltown-Camden captain Jarrad Burke, bowling only five overs late in the day returning figures of 1-12.
The Ghosts were all out for 304 in its first innings. Aaron Yabsley scored a quick fire 75 from 82 balls at the top of the order for the home side and the next best was Phillip Wells (72).
In response, Western Suburbs find themselves in trouble heading into next week at 3-58. Along with Burke, the wicket takers included Luke Webb (1-18) and Iain Carlisle (1-18).
Sydney University made a terrific start to its match against Sydney with Stephen Hobson making his mark in his first match in the top grade this season.
Hobson scored 109 from 155 balls on Saturday to follow on from an exceptional run of form in the lower grades which saw he score undefeated centuries of 105 not out and 229 not out in successive rounds in second grade.
The middle-order batsman became just the fourth player in the history of the NSW Premier Cricket to score a double century in Second Grade and a century in First Grade in the same season and the only man to complete the feat in consecutive matches. Tim Cummins also made a significant contribution with the bat scoring 73 down at No. 7. Ben Manenti was best of the bowlers with 3-107.
Sydney University declared its innings at 8/351 before Sydney were asked to negate five overs before stumps. The visitors finished at 0/4.
Nick Selman also continued a tremendous start to his First Grade career for UNSW compiling 101 against North Sydney. It was the second consecutive century for the former Queensland under 17 and under 19 representative after racking up 119 last Saturday. The young top-order batsman has now scored 421 runs at an average of 105.25.
The students were 9/262 at stumps. North Sydney opening bowler, Ryan Van Kemenade, taking 3-73.
The bowlers had the better of proceedings at Manly Oval. Sutherland were bowled out for 201 in its first innings against the home team with Jamie Brown (66) top scoring.
Matthew Alexander (3-42) and Taylor Beatty (3-39) were the leading wicket takers for Manly-Warringah.
However, the hosts found themselves are in big trouble in response. Manly fell to 6-91 by stumps with Austin Waugh picking up the vital wicket of Jay Lenton (25) and finish with 2-14. The other wicket takers were Dan Fallins (2-24) and Jake Wilson (2-28).
Randwick Petersham find themselves in a similar position after bowling out Penrith for 191. The away team collapsed to 5/94 before the close of play with Luke Hodges the destroyer for the Panthers taking 3-20.
In the Penrith first innings, Ryan Gibson top scored for the Panthers with 47 from 64 deliveries and left-arm orthodox spinner picking up 3-70.