Penrith captain Matthew Sullivan scored an impressive century in the final round of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket AW Green Shield competition.
Playing at Rosedale Oval against Fairfield-Liverpool, who needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive, Sullivan carried his bat through the innings scoring 126 not out as Penrith posted an imposing total of 5-259.
The pressure of the must-win scenario for Fairfield-Liverpool had a significant impact on the side who were dismissed for 124 in reply, as Penrith closed out their campaign with a bonus point win.
Manly-Warringah’s opening batsman Jake Osborne scored 90 against North Sydney at Tunks Park. The score was Osborne’s third half-century of the competition and placed him as the second highest run scorer of the tournament at the end of the regular season with 302 runs, just 25 runs behind competition leader Jack Attenborough.
His teammate Josh Park enjoyed an equally impressive performance, capturing figures of 5-27 to leave North Sydney 40-runs short of Manly-Warringah’s total of 183.
Round seven proved to be difficult for batsmen across the competition. Only Penrith and Gordon were able to surpass 200. As a result, many bowlers capitalised on the batting woes.
Joining Josh Park as this round’s five-wicket takers are Campbelltown-Camden’s Joshua Campbell and Bankstown’s Mitchell Rockwell.
Campbell’s Campbelltown-Camden could only survive untill the 43rd over with the bat as University of New South Wales bowlers Akash Biradar (4-16) and Tom Bell Bird (4-28) caused chaos with the ball.
Campbelltown-Camden needed one of their bowlers to respond to their opponent’s success in the field. Campbell did just that leading the way with 5-31 from nine overs to restrict UNSW to 145, 24-runs shy of the Ghost’s total.
Bankstown needed a win against Sydney in the final round to consolidate their spot in the finals.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Bankstown was eager to make the most of the new ball. Opening bowler Mitchell Rockwell answered the call taking four early wickets to have the visitors 4-24. He was forced to wait untill the 36th over for his 5th wicket, however, with one wicket in hand Sydney’s Kain Anderson scored 57 off just 55 deliveries.
Anderson’s innings was vital for Sydney who managed to finish with a tricky total of 151.
Bankstown's batsmen never quite got into gear in pursuit of Sydney’s target. The loss of regular wickets put Bankstown in an awkward position at 7-110. A run out at the start of the final over ended a 38-run 8th wicket partnership and left Bankstown with four runs to win off the last five deliveries. A boundary with two balls to spare was enough to hand Bankstown victory and book their spot inside the top eight.
Final standings: Parramatta 39 Gordon 37 Manly-Warringah 32 Sydney 30 Northern District 27 Bankstown 26 Hawkesbury 25 North Sydney 24 (-0.0492) Sutherland 24 (-0.1368) Eastern Suburbs 20 Randwick Petersham 19 Sydney University 18 Mosman 18 Fairfield-Liverpool 18 Blacktown 14 Penrith 13 Campbelltown-Camden 13 UNSW 12 St George 12 Western Suburbs 0.
Qualifying Finals (Sunday 21 January).
Parramatta v North Sydney at Old Kings Oval;
Gordon v Hawkesbury at Killara Oval;
Manly-Warringah v Bankstown at LM Graham Reserve;
Sydney v Northern District at Drummoyne Oval.