Wet weather struck on the second day of round six in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition, and with it washed away many teams’ chances of securing a result.
Twenty-one fixtures from a total of 40 across the lower grades on the weekend finished with no result. Despite the lack of play, players still managed to make the most of their limited opportunity to produce notable individual performances.
Making the most of the bowler-friendly conditions this week was Western Suburbs’ opening bowler Michael Tudehope. Defending 219 against Campbelltown-Camden in second grade at Pratten Park, Tudehope took 7-46 from his 16 overs. Tudehope, together with his opening partner Quincy Titterton (2-42) proved a devastating combination for the home side with the pair collecting nine wickets to claim first innings points by 128 runs.
In their clash with Randwick Petersham, Penrith Cricket Club opening batsman Cameron Weir continued his form in second-grade at Petersham Oval. Randwick Petersham set a total of 308 on day one on the back of centuries to Matthew Everett (116) and Matthew Calder (132). Weir stole the batting honours for the match scoring 137 from 156 deliveries with 20 fours and three sixes. Despite Weir’s efforts, rain spoiled the possibility of a win leaving Penrith stranded on 4-284 with victory in site.
Eastern Suburbs’ fourth-grade batsman Darcy Matthews notched up his second century of the season on Saturday against Fairfield-Liverpool at Fairfield Oval. Fairfield-Liverpool’s Rohan Indap scored 128 on day one to lift his side to 223 after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. The game was evenly poised when Eastern Suburbs fell to 5-71 in their pursuit of Fairfield’s total, but a 159-run partnership between Matthews (114) and Kirk Rimmer (61 not out) was enough to see them win on first innings.
Rounding out the round six century makers is North Sydney’s, James Leary. The fifth-grade wicketkeeper-batsman finished unbeaten on 126 against the University of New South Wales. Leary played a crucial part in his side’s innings scoring more than half of his teams’ runs, setting UNSW a target of 242. Their total was under threat when the students reached 3-105 before play ended in the 30th over.
No one was quite able to match Michael Tudehope’s bowling performance for the week, but Sydney University bowler Shivansh Pathak took the next best figures in his match against Sydney Cricket Club. Sydney was in a commanding position with the openers putting together a 98 run partnership in the quest to chase Sydney University’s 205. Pathak then applied the pressure taking regular wickets on his way to figures of 5-17 from ten overs, guiding his side to a 32-run victory.
Other five wicket-takers for the round include Gordon Cricket Club’s Matthew Junk, who claimed figures of 5-64 in his second-grade match against Parramatta. Hawkesbury’s Salman Irshad also took five wickets in second grade, walking away with figures of 5-73 from 14.3 overs. It is Irshad’s second consecutive five-wicket haul, an impressive achieving in his first two games of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
A string of four consecutive one-day matches will commence next Saturday in round seven of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with all grades starting at 10:00 am.