Northern District has made it to the AW Green Shield Semi-Finals with a two-wicket win over Sydney at Drummoyne Oval yesterday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sydney’s opening batsman Joshua Yeoh picked a great time to bring up his first half-century of the competition scoring 75 runs with two fours and two sixes.
Wicket-keeper Lachlan Shaw (42) and Kaleb Daley (36) also contributed to the home side's total.
Northern District bowler Toby Gray took the big wicket of Sydney’s captain and leading run-scorer Hugh Sherriff for a duck, as well as removing Yeoh before he had a chance to capitalise on some quick runs late in the innings.
Gray’s effort with the ball rewarded him with figures of 5-39 from his ten overs, but he also played a hand in two other wickets taking a catch and run out as Sydney were bundled out for 207.
Sherriff was eager to make up for his misfortunes with the bat, striking early with the ball dismissing Northern District leading run scorer Lachlan Fisher for 6.
Sherriff (3-35) and Kain Anderson (3-34) worked tirelessly to halt any momentum the visitors had by breaking partnerships with a consistent flow of wickets.
Mitchell Crayn (30), Cooper Lennox (42), and Travis Bazzana (34) got the visitors within reach of the target before Jayden Camp got Northern District over the line with an unbeaten 43 from 40 deliveries passing Sydney’s total with only two wickets in hand and three overs to spare.
Gordon narrowly escaped an upset loss at the hands of Hawkesbury in their match at Killara Oval.
Awad Naqvi looked set to add a big score to his season tally until he was undone by Jayllen Naganayagam (2-31) for 32.
Hawkesbury captain Patrick Moore held his nerve scoring a patient 69 runs from 129 deliveries. Wicket-keeper Mitchell Roeder (33 not out) and Vince Romeo (15) were the only two other batsmen to reach double figures in what was a below-par effort for Hawkesbury, but some ill-discipline from the Gordon bowlers added 31-runs to the total in extras to promote Hawkesbury’s total to 200.
Gordon’s run chase got off to a rapid start with Jayllen Naganayagam blasting 35 runs from 17 balls faced, striking four boundaries and a pair of sixes in his short stay at the crease. Opening bowler Heath Shields (2-44) was the man to remove the damaging opening batsman.
Marcus Miller continued the destructive start hitting five fours in his 23 from 25 deliveries.
Hawkesbury then put the brakes on the Gordon innings with some smart bowling in the middle session. Jake Di Tommaso (2-22) claimed the wicket of Arvin Niranjan (32) in the back-end of the innings and Samuel Schembri-Green (0) with the scores level to give Gordon a late scare.
But it was too late for Hawkesbury as Gordon’s Harry Vale (46 not out) ensured his side progressed through to the semi-finals with 147 balls to spare.
Competition leaders Parramatta made light work of eighth-placed North Sydney winning by 81-runs at Old Kings Oval.
Most of Parramatta’s top seven batsmen made useful contributions, but it was opening batsman Jackson Bentvelzen who led the way at the top of the innings scoring 52.
Shivam Vohra was among the wickets again for North Sydney taking 2-40 with Joseph Liddle (2-39) also taking two wickets as Parramatta finished their innings with 202 runs.
Unfortunately, Parramatta exposed North Sydney’s batting woes on the big occasion. Their hopes were dashed when their two best run-getters Charlie Rose (11) and Ammar Shirazi (12) fell cheaply.
North Sydney slumped to 8-61, but tail end batsmen Adam Cavenor (23) and John Nevell (35) helped put some respect on the scorecard for the away side that was bowled out for 121. Tyrone Hargreaves (2-11), Harrison King (2-11), Billy McCarthy (2-25), and Matthew Hurst (2-23) all took a pair of wickets each in what was a fantastic team effort in both facets of the game.
Bankstown was the other team to be eliminated from the competition going down to Manly-Warringah at LM Graham Reserve.
Bankstown got off to a great start as Bradley Simpson (2-13) took a wicket in the first over of the match. His bowling partner Mitchell Rockwell (1-35) then removed the competition's third-leading run-scorer Jake Osborne for just eight to have the home side in trouble at 2-12.
Joel Davies (55) and Hilton Ovenden (77) were up for the challenge as the pair brought up their half-centuries. Their 110-run partnership came to an end when Davies departed with the score on 3-122.
Wicket-keeper Brynn Mendel fell soon after, but Ovenden then combined with Aidan Bennett (32) as Manly crept towards 200.
The lower order came and went in quick succession looking for quick runs with Simpson and Nivethan Radhakrishnan (2-37) the primary beneficiaries.
Bankstown’s innings started similarly with both openers unable to reach double figures. The competition’s leading batsman Zeeshaan Ahmed and Sanjiv Weerasingha went about resurrecting the innings.
Joshua Seward (2-23) broke the game wide open when he took the wicket of Ahmed who scored 69 off 75 deliveries with 12 boundaries.
Joel Davies soon claimed Weerasingha’s wicket for 28 and with both established batsmen removed, Manly-Warringah began to hammer home the advantage. Davis backed up his heroics with the bat taking 4-33 along with Manly’s leading wicket-taker Lachlan Molyneux who chimed in with 3-21 to win the match by 47-runs.
Parramatta will now take on Northern District at Merrylands Oval, while Gordon will face Manly-Warringah at Killara Oval in the Semi-Finals that will take place at 10:00am on Tuesday, January 23rd.