Sydney Cricket Club’s Nicholas Taylor and Eastern Suburbs’ Tas Yazdani were both head and shoulders above the rest of the competition in this week’s McDonald’s Premier Cricket Lower Grade highlights.
Third-grade opening batsman Taylor scored a magnificent 163 not out against Fairfield-Liverpool at Birchgrove Park, a score that rivalled the plethora of centuries posted in first-grade despite him being limited by the 50-over format.
Mayank Sharma’s 60 runs helped Taylor get the Tigers in a reasonable position heading into the back end of the innings with the score on 5-175.
Taylor went from strength to strength as Sydney scored an incredible 106 runs off the final ten overs to set Fairfield-Liverpool a target of 281.
Taylor’s knock included 16 fours and six sixes and was the 18th hundred scored by a Sydney Cricket Club player this season across all grades.
The total was more than enough to see Sydney cruise to a 90-run victory.
Tas Yazdani leads the way with the ball in Round ten of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition.
Eastern Suburbs sent Gordon in to bat first in their second-grade match at Waverley Oval. Yazdani repaid his captain’s decision taking seven wickets in his ten overs while only conceding 15 runs.
Easts quickly dismissed Gordon in the 29th over for just 80 runs.
Yazdani, who hasn’t batted higher than number eight all season, then scored 34 quick runs opening the batting as Eastern Suburbs passed the small total in 17 overs for the loss of two wickets to claim a bonus-point win.
Sutherland fifth-grade captain Nathan Whittingham was the next best batsman of the round.
Whittingham went to the crease with his side on 2-9 against Randwick-Petersham at Tonkin Park. He then combined with Justin Green (50) in a 140-run third-wicket partnership to help steady the innings.
Whittingham was the next batsman to fall, but not before notching up 127 runs to get his side to 4-235.
The captain's performance inspired the middle and lower order as they blasted their way to finish their 50 overs with a mammoth score of 8-325. Randwick-Petersham finished the match on 9-204 seeing Sutherland win by 121 runs.
Manly-Warringah’s Jack Pickering scored a century of his own against the UNSW in fourth-grade.
Pickering’s 113 was his second century of the season after scoring 128 in fifth-grade back in round seven.
Middle-order batsman Zach Trewartha (74) scored his third half-century of the season as the pair combined to get the visitors to a competitive score of 5-240, which was 69 runs too many for the home side who could only manage 7-171 in reply.
Some other batsmen scored centuries in the lower grades and all of which resulted in a win for their sides.
Sydney’s Liam Gibson (106) scored his second century of the season in his second-grade match against Fairfield-Liverpool. Sydney University’s Ryan Danne (108) led the way in his side’s 100-run win over Mosman in third-grade, and Penrith’s Steve Pascoe scored 102 in fifth-grade in his side's 205-run thrashing of St George.
Parramatta’s Shane Cassel was the second player in second-grade to take five wickets. He backed up his figures of 5-32 by scoring 41 runs with the bat but it still wasn’t enough for his side who fell 26-runs short of Campbelltown-Camden’s 184.
North Sydney’s Adam Barton and Blacktown’s Waqas Tareen had identical figures of 5-38 in third-grade. However, both teams found themselves on the wrong end of the result. The same effect occurred for Sydney University’s fifth-grade bowler Ned Barnet who took 5-22 in his side’s loss to Mosman rounding out a tough week for the bowlers.
The lower-grades will return to two-day cricket for Round 11 in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition.
Second-grade will commence at 10:30am while third, fourth, and fifth grade will begin at 12:15 pm.