Sydney University learnt how quickly things could change in the game of cricket. Having defeated Campbelltown-Camden with one ball to spare in round one of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket AW Green Shield competition less than a week ago, Sydney University was taking it down to the wire once again in their round two match against Hawkesbury at Sydney University Oval.
Sydney University posted a total of 7-209 from their 50 overs. Ben Mitchell was the main contributor scoring 53 from only 55 deliveries, opening his Green Shield account with back-to-back half centuries. Hawkesbury’s run chase struggled to gain traction as regular wickets put an end to any productive partnerships.
Hunar Verma then joined Ethan Sitaramayya (64) in the middle with the Hawks on 5-97, and their 81-run partnership soon got the away side back into the contest. Verma kept the chase within reach despite wickets falling in the later stages.
Having been dismissed for a well earned 50 with 13 runs needed for victory, Hawkesbury pinned their hopes on the final pair of Jake Di Tommaso (7 not out) and Venkatachalam Viswanathan (4 not out) who miraculously prevailed passing Sydney University’s total with two balls remaining.
Another tight contest between Mosman and St George at Hurstville Oval is evidence of the competitiveness in this season’s AW Green Shield competition.
Mosman was sent into to bat first by the home side. Shehan Sinnetamby (46), and Mandar Mariguddi (36) were the main contributors to their team’s total of 8-194.
St George’s response with the bat followed a similar path, as many batsmen were unable to make the most of their starts. When Conrad George (48), Adam Singleton (27), and Joel Rush (1) fell in quick succession, the Saints needed 31 runs for victory with one wicket in hand, and they did just that. Connor O'Riordan (6 not out) and Nathan Hillier (22 not out) closed out the win in the 49th over.
Onto the individual performances of the round, and two players took five-wicket hauls. Campbell Pert from the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club had the best figures of 5-18 from his ten overs against the UNSW at David Philips South. His performance helped Eastern Suburbs secure their first victory of the competition by 28 runs.
Sydney Cricket Club captain Hugh Sherriff followed Pert’s performance closely. In the first innings, Sherriff claimed figures of 5-29 from his ten overs with the ball against North Sydney at Drummoyne Oval. He then backed it up with the bat leading the successful run chase from the top of the order hitting nine fours in his 62 runs, which came off 85 balls setting up Sydney’s comfortable six-wicket win.
Although there were no centurions to report this round, Northern District opening batsman Lachlan Fisher was closest to the milestone. In reply to Fairfield-Liverpool’s 6-177 Fisher remained at the crease from start to finish in the run chase finishing unbeaten on 80 with five boundaries. Mitchell Crayn also accompanied Fisher in the middle scoring a helpful 42 on their way to a six-wicket win to remain unbeaten in their opening two fixtures.
Sutherland’s opening batsman and captain Dylan Holdstock almost passed Fisher for the batting honours. Holdstock made the most of his decision to bat first posting 79 in his team’s total of 8-233, which was just enough for victory at Sutherland Oval with Blacktown falling six runs short.
AW Green Shield Player of the Year standings.
NSW Premier Cricket: AW Green Shield U16: Round 2:
Campbelltown-Camden 204 (J Zahra-Smith 43 J Campbell 31 A Harvey 25 T Sangha 24 J Tripp 21 K Mills 3-27 A Kapila 3-32 T Walia 2-22) bt Blacktown 164 (Y Sharma 49 G Dogra 47 Z de Hosson 3-25 J Tripp 2-34),
Northern District 4-179 (L Fisher 80no M Crayn 42 T Bazzana 22) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 6-177 (I Sunjic 35 L Cortese 33 J Woodger 27no A Kate 26 Z Chattree 23 J Hiley 2-21),
Bankstown 207 (C Cotter 57 Z Ahmed 32 L Sutton 27 J Davis-Rice 3-45 T Singh 2-18 J Hayes 2-32) bt Gordon 186 (J Davis-Rice 73 J Naganayagam 22 B Pearson 3-27 N Radhakrishnan 2-22 M Rockwell 2-37),
Parramatta 9-226 (R Johns 62 B Overton 56 H King 30 J Hobson 2-26 L Molyneux 2-38 C McKay 2-43) bt Manly-Warringah 162 (J Osborne 29 J Davies 27 L Molyneux 23 B McCarthy 3-13 A Kaul 2-13 H King 2-13 M Blinman 2-25),
St George 9-198 (C George 48 A Singleton 27 C Moors 24 JA Brown 24 K Beadon 23 N Hillier 22no H Wines 2-23 S Deepak 2-32 T Elliott 2-37) bt Mosman 8-194 (S Sinnetamby 46 M Mariguddi 36 S Gale 32 F Farquharson 31 D Hart 2-29 C O'Riordan 2-33),
Sutherland 8-233 (D Holdstock 79 J Green 35no R Bremer 24 J Prosper 20 J Fakira 2-28 E Heath 2-63) bt Penrith 227 (B Weymouth 58 M Sullivan 34 R Smith 34 R Gibson 28 T Humphreys-Jones 3-53 W Straker 2-21 K Weatherall 2-31),
Sydney 4-161 (H Sherriff 62 L Shaw 34 O Little 24no S Vohra 2-36) bt North Sydney 160 (J Liddle 31 A Jones 30 A Shirazi 28 H Sherriff 5-29),
Hawkesbury 9-210 (E Sitaramayya 64 H Verma 50 P Moore 32 J Rinka 2-32 S Pathak 2-38) bt Sydney University 7-209 (B Mitchell 53 E Jamieson 38 J Aylward 25 D O'Shannessy 20 J Di Tommaso 2-46),
Eastern Suburbs 9-167 (A Van Vugt 36 K Chu 34 F Walton 33 T Greig 4-35 L Forrest 2-24 A Biradar 2-27) bt UNSW 139 (T Greig 42 M Goonaratne 26 J Attenborough 24 C Pert 5-18 J Allen 3-18),
Randwick Petersham 4-87 (M Jenkins 29no N Hay 26no F Gray 3-14) bt Western Suburbs 84 (K Truman 34 B Kenzie 4-18 A Deller 4-30) with 1 bonus pt.