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Pickering and Wheeler share in record partnership. Lower Grade Report Round 7
Date of Event : Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:57PM
Manly's Jack Pickering. Source Ian Bird Photography

Andrew Deitz

The return of limited-overs cricket for the lower grades sparked impressive performances on both sides of the coin in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition on Saturday.

Jack Pickering’s century in fifth-grade against Randwick-Petersham led to a victory for his side at Mike Pawley Oval. Pickering’s 128 only narrowly edged out his fellow teammate and captain Dominic Wheeler for the top score in the match. Wheeler was the first to bring up his century, only for Pickering to reach the same feat the very next ball. Wheeler was also the first of the pair to be dismissed when he was run out for 117, but the destruction continued with some late cameos, which catapulted Manly-Warringah to 4-339 from their 50 overs. Their partnership of 252 was a club record for the second wicket.

Randwick-Petersham had no answer for the home side only managing 8-162 in reply, handing the home side a bonus point win to see them take fifth place on the ladder.

Dom Wheeler (Photo Ian Bird Photography) 

Bankstown’s Chris Ridley shared in this week’s batting honours with 128 against Sydney in his side’s second-grade match at Bankstown Memorial Oval.

In pursuit of Sydney’s 8-268 thanks mainly to Liam Gibson’s 104, Bankstown had their backs against the wall losing their first two wickets without scoring. Ridley and Ben Le Bas (36) battled their way back into the match putting on a 94-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The target proved too much for the home side with their innings coming to an end on 238 when Ridley was finally brought undone. His second century of the season came from just 110 deliveries and included 13 fours and a six.

However, Jack Pickering’s century in fifth-grade against Randwick-Petersham led to a victory for his side at Mike Pawley Oval. Pickering’s 128 only narrowly edged out his fellow teammate and captain Dominic Wheeler for the top score in the match. Wheeler was the first to bring up his century, only for Pickering to reach the same feat the very next ball. Wheeler was also the first of the pair to be dismissed when he was run out for 117, but the destruction continued with some late cameos, which catapulted Manly-Warringah to 4-339 from their 50 overs. Randwick-Petersham had no answer for the home side only managing 8-162 in reply, handing the home side a bonus point win to see them take fifth place on the ladder.

Sydney University’s Alexander Shaw was another to post a strong hundred in the lower grades against Northern District in third-grade at Asquith Oval. Chasing 259, Sydney University slumped to 4-34, but Shaw held firm at number four to remain at the crease. He went on to score 119 and with some assistance from the lower order, helped get the students past 200 with a chance of victory. Shaw’s departure with the score on 8-231 all but sealed the result for the opposition. Late contributions from the tail order took the game down to the wire but inevitably came up short by only seven runs.

Blacktown’s Tony Clark proved that there’s no match for experience in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, taking yet another five-wicket haul on the weekend against Eastern Suburbs in second-grade. Having been sent into bat first, Blacktown clawed their way to set the visitors a target of 228. Given the form Clark has shown this season, it was more than enough runs on the board to secure the win taking a season-best 6-33 from his ten overs, increasing his season tally to 25 at an average of 12.5. The next best figures for his side went to his son, Ryan Clark, who collected 2-34 in their 85-run win.

Two other players surpassed the five-wicket mark this week. Bankstown’s Daniel Carr claimed 6-44 in fifth-grade against Sydney at Ryde Oval. Carr ended two 60-run partnerships with his first two wickets, which played a crucial role in limited his opponent’s momentum in the first innings. A regular flow of wickets soon followed for his side to dismiss Sydney for 170 in 44 overs. His team only needed 44 overs to chase the total losing just two wickets in the process.

Gurnoor Singh was the other six-wicket taker for the week. The University of New South Wales fifth-grader took 6-46 from his ten overs against Sutherland at Tonkin Park. Defending 227, Singh ran through Sutherland’s middle order, leaving them 56-runs short of the University of New South Wales’ total.

Six other bowlers collected five-wicket hauls in round seven. They were: Hamish Solomons 5-17 (St George Cricket Club), Brock Balgowan 5-20 (Penrith Cricket Club), Rowan Carthey 5-22 (Western Suburbs Cricket Club), Alex Watkiss 5-25 (Sutherland Cricket Club), Luke Maloney 5-28 (Sutherland Cricket Club), and Paul Witherly 5-35 (St George Cricket Club).

Round eight of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition is another one-day fixture and will commence on Saturday at 10:00 am for all grades in what will be the final game of the year.


Last updated: Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:16PM