Jarrad Burke has become only the fourth player in the history of Sydney First Grade cricket to achieve the double of 10,000 runs and 600 wickets on a day of several milestones during round four of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Limited-Overs competition.
The Campbelltown-Camden captain entered the match against Penrith needing just a further two wickets to reach the mark. The task was complete in the first innings, as the vastly experienced left-arm orthodox spinner took two of the first three Panthers’ wickets. He finished with the very economical figures of 3-16 from 8.3 overs.
Burke joined Grant Lambert, Monty Noble and Anthony Clark as the only men in 125 years of the competition to reach the milestone of 600 wickets and 10,000 runs.
The day was made even sweeter for Burke when the Ghosts’ sealed victory by six wickets chasing 205 for the win. Oliver Pope showed his class with bat and gloves, scoring 64 at No. 4 and taking three catches.
The win kept Campbelltown-Camden in first position on the table, two points clear of Sutherland.
Two of New South Wales’s most distinguished players also brought up significant milestones at University Oval.
Blues’ and Sydney University top-order batsman Ed Cowan smashed 120 runs from 88 balls against St George to fly past 7,000 First Grade runs. His 13th First Grade century included 13 fours and five sixes. He now has 7,059 career runs to his name at an average of 41.52.
The innings contributed to a substantial 5-324 for the students. Liam Robertson (65 not out) and Nick Larkin (54) also provided valuable runs to the total.
In reply, St George were gallant, but fell 19 runs short. Blues’ bowler and St George captain, Trent Copeland (51), made his second consecutive half-century and his third in five innings this season, to take him past 3,000 career runs to 3,034. The top score belonged to wicketkeeper Jonathan Rose (83).
Liam Robertson capped off a great all-round performance taking 3-43. Tim Ley returned best figures for University with 3-33.
Playing Gordon at Chatswood Oval, Fairfield-Liverpool veteran opening batsman Anthony Clark (20) went past Bob Simpson to No. 17 on the list of all-time First Grade run scorers. His innings took him to 10,722 runs.
His side defended 8/276 to take the points against Gordon, who were nine runs shy in response, bowled out for 267. Clark was the star performer with the ball taking 4-40 from 10 overs. Fairfield-Liverpool captain, and younger brother of Blues’ swing bowler Gurinder Sandhu, Harmon Sandhu, set up the victory with an impressive 90 from 74 balls.
Mosman bowler Jake Turner added his name to those to take 200 scalps against Eastern Suburbs. He picked up season’s best figures of 4-33 at Waverly Oval, and in the process, taking him to 17 wickets for the season and 201 for his First Grade career.
He also became the third indigenous player to achieve such a feat. The other two men to pass the milestone include, Jack Marsh, who took 280 wickets between 1897-98 and 1904-05, and Brisbane Heat paceman and Penrith captain Josh Lalor, currently with 367 wickets.
His figures played a key role in the Mosman victory, prevailing by 38 runs over the hosts. This was despite the best efforts of Easts’ captain Greg Clarence (92). David Lowery (70) and captain Scott Rodgie (56) both made important half centuries for the Whales to set up the match-winning total of 7/267.
Manly-Warringah bowler Joe Graham took a hat-trick against Western Suburbs in a huge win for his club at Manly Oval. Coming into the attack second change, Graham took best figures for the match of 4-54 from his 10 overs to help his team to an emphatic 100-run win.
This match also marked the First Grade debut of New South Wales Metro Under 17 captain Ollie Davies, who showed great composure late in the innings for Manly.
Davies arrived at the crease with his team at 3-163 and showed experience beyond his years in the remaining overs. His 44 from 37 balls guided his team to a formidable 8-255.
New South Wales Blues’ Jay Lenton also made a solid 64 from 89 balls at the top of the order for Manly, while NSW Metro U/17 Captain Oliver Davies scored an impressive 44 from 37 balls on his First Grade debut.
A day before his 21st birthday, Northern District opener Henry Hunt posted his third century of the season against UNSW. The young batsman made 117 from 136 balls before being dismissed, and his partnership of 157 with Jack Colley (88) laid the platform for the 5/283 from their team’s allotted 50 overs.
UNSW captain David Dawson was excellent scoring 126 for the students, but it wasn’t enough as the students fell 10 runs short in reply.
A century by Jamie Brown (109) for Sutherland went a long way to securing a 25-run win against North Sydney. Bears’ captain Justin Avendano (87) did his best to get his team over the line, but Jake Wilson (3-41) and the rest of the Sutherland attack bowled with precision to dismiss Norths for 261.
In other results, Randwick Petersham 7/182 (MJ Everett 65, L Courtney 3-40) were defeated away to Hawkesbury 3/183 (TT Flynn-Duncombe 58 not out, C Lowe 55 not out); Blacktown 243 (J Fawcett 73, BJ Taylor 4-20, M Brown 4-57) were convincingly beaten by Bankstown 6/244 (B Smith 77, E Leten 58, MN Shinwari 3-52); and Sydney 8/247 (TO McDonald 64, J Denly 51, O Simonsen 2-43) forced its way into the top six defeating Parramatta 215 (B Abbott 65, BA Manenti 3-35, JL Denly 2-34).