The match between UNSW and Gordon was not only a tight contest, but also had the flair of some strong individual performances that highlight the report for round six of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket AW Green Shield Competition.
Gordon elected to bat first at David Philips South and did so to good effect. Opener Tanvir Singh scored 63 at the top of the order to get the ball rolling for the visitors. Jack Davis-Rice (56) then scored his second half-century of the competition, and with some help from captain Jordan Hayes (43), Gordon made their way to 9-243.
UNSW was strong out of the blocks posting 89 runs for the first wicket.
After wicketkeeping for 50 overs, captain Jack Attenborough dug deep for his team scoring 114 at nearly a run-a-ball finding the boundary 13 times and clearing it with one six.
Hayes (4-24) was the pick of the bowlers in the match, and when he dismissed Attenborough and Menuja Goonaratne with consecutive balls in the 41st over, gave the UNSW lower order plenty of work to do to secure the win.
A consistent flow of wickets hindered their chase in the dying stages, and eventually, University of New South Wales fell four runs short of their target seeing Gordon squeeze by for a tense win.
Penrith’s wicket-keeper batsman Ryley Smith notched up his second consecutive half-century of the competition scoring 96 against Campbelltown-Camden at Howell Oval.
Having struck seven fours and two sixes, Smith was unfortunately run out just shy of his century. His dismissal also ended a 161-run second-wicket partnership with Callum Dennis (50) who departed soon after.
The pair scored the majority of their team’s runs finishing with 237 runs on the board.
The home side would walk away with six competition points winning by a margin of 66 runs, thanks mainly to Zachary Hunter who grabbed 4-27.
The pick of the bowlers in round six was Fairfield-Liverpool’s Jayden Kallukalam.
Fairfield-Liverpool made the most of their skipper’s decision to bowl first, sinking Western Suburbs to 5-41.
Joshua Hardy slowly started to turn the tide for Wests battling hard for his 32 runs. When he was stumped off the bowling of Kallukalam, the Fairfield-Liverpool bowler went on with the job taking all five of the remaining wickets to claim figures of 5-22, setting his batsmen just 98 runs to win.
The Fairfield-Liverpool batsmen got the job done on their home turf passing the total in the 31st over, missing out on a bonus point by just three deliveries.
Sutherland’s Jarrod Prosper also capitalised with the ball in the morning session of their fixture against Mosman.
Prosper collected 4-26 from his nine overs to restrict the visitors to 133. Sutherland was cruising for a convincing victory despite losing their captain Dylan Holdstock (36) on 2-98.
His dismissal opened the floodgates for the visitors who clawed their way back into the contest, but it was too late. Justin Green’s 63 ensured that Sutherland would survive the late scare to win by three wickets in the 39th over.