Players were eager to return to action in the first round of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition for 2018. Evidence of this comes from brilliant individual performances with both bat and ball across the lower grades.
Two captains lead the way in the batting charts for round nine of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competitions.
Gordon Cricket Club’s fourth-grade captain Stuart Bromley complied an impressive 146 against Fairfield-Liverpool at Fairfield Oval.
Having been sent in to bat first by the opposing skipper, Bromley came to the crease with his side in considerable trouble at 4-28 with all top four batsmen failing to reach double figures.
In true leadership fashion Bromley weathered the early storm and put together a dominant display with Gordon's lower order that included a 112-run seventh wicket partnership with Manus Chauhan that catapulted his side to 9-285.
Gordon’s bowlers continued on their form with the bat to dismiss Fairfield-Liverpool for 164 in the 42nd over, with young Green Shield bowler Jordan Hayes finishing with figures of 5-24, which were the best figures for the round across the lower grades.
Bankstown’s fifth-grade captain Alex Kouventaris also led the charge for his team in their match against Blacktown at Grahame Thomas Oval.
Having also been asked to bat first, Bankstown was up to the task with captain Kouventaris posting 130 not out from only 115 deliveries in an innings that included 19 fours while also clearing the fence with one six.
Two 100-run partnerships with Lawson Clark (64) and Thomas Ramage (46 not out) helped the home side reach 6-314 from their allotted overs. The target was all too great for the opposition who were bowled out in the 44th over for 235.
Sydney Cricket Club opening batsman Matthew Rodgers continued his form from 2017 posting his second consecutive second-grade hundred in his side’s victory over Parramatta at Drummoyne Oval.
Rodgers scored 115 before eventually being dismissed by Luke McNaught (5-50) who was the most effective bowler on the day.
It was Rodgers third hundred for the season, having scored 101 in the previous round along with a mammoth 178 not out in first-grade back in round two of the competition.
Another two players rounded out a hat-trick of centuries in fifth-grade on the weekend. Sydney Cricket Club wicket-keeper Sam Cividin scored an unbeaten 113 from 111 deliveries against Parramatta.
Cividin stuck five boundaries and three sixes to lead his side to victory chasing 206 runs with six wickets in hand.
Gordon’s fifth-grade captain Aaron Crofts also reached the triple figure milestone in his team’s win over Fairfield-Liverpool. Crofts’ unbeaten 109 was the notable contribution for his team who went on to set 6-380, the highest team score for the round across all grades in round nine.
Gordon was just as devastating with the ball removing the opposition for only 90 inside 30 overs to claim a bonus point win by 290 runs.
North Sydney bowler Shantanu Havele almost matched the bowling efforts of Gordon’s Jordan Hayes.
Havele claimed 5-25 from his ten overs against Sutherland at Sutherland Oval. Havele crucially broke a 75-run opening stand and followed it up with another two quick wickets to wrestle back some control in the match for his team. He then rounded up the tail to give his batsmen a respectable total of 178 to chase, which they did to great effect reaching the mark with four wickets in hand.
Blacktown’s Bhanchander Ravichandran also took 5-27 as his side successfully defended 155 against Bankstown to claim a tight win by only seven runs in fourth-grade.
Hawkesbury’s fifth-grade opening bowler Ethan Sitaramayya snared a vital 5-29 which went a long way towards helping his team claim victory by the slimmest of margins, chasing Randwick-Petersham’s 141 with just one wicket in hand on the back on a heroic 12-run tenth-wicket partnership.
Western Suburbs had a duo of five wicket-takers this week. Rowan Carthey (5-31) and Emmanuel Parmakellis (5-32) produced near identical performances in fourth and third-grade, resulting in a victory for both grades against Manly-Warringah.