Sydney Cricket Club batsmen continue to churn out big scores in the lower grades of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
One week after third-grade batsman Nicholas Taylor scored 163 not out, his opening partner Liam Scott raised the bar even higher scoring an unbeaten 201 against North Sydney at Bon Andrews Oval.
Taylor and Scott were in full control putting together a 158-run opening stand. When Taylor went for 69, Mayank Sharma then joined the action scoring 53 quick runs in a 91-run stand with Scott.
Following Sharma's departure, Scott continued to punish the North Sydney bowlers hitting 26 boundaries to go along with his five sixes as the visitors declared their innings on 6-374 in just 73 overs, scoring at a little over five runs an over. Sydney claimed one wicket late in the day to have North Sydney 1-18 who still requires 357 runs for victory.
Sydney’s second-grade batsmen were also amongst the runs in the lower grades.
Playing at Drummoyne Oval, middle-order batsman Delray Rawlins scored 152 on day one. The Sussex all-rounder, who was named Player of the Final when Sydney won the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup in December, combined with Suffan Hassan (115 not out) to pile on the runs, eventually declaring on 5-358.
North Sydney’s run chase began in the worst possible fashion losing three wickets in the final session to finish the day on 3-23.
Hawkesbury’s second-grade side compiled the biggest total across all grades in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition finishing the day with 5-394 against Gordon at Chatswood Oval.
Kerrod Gordon was the main contributor scoring 145 not out in what was his second century of the season.
Hawkesbury’s openers set the tone for the innings with Chaitnya Sharma (68) and captain Timothy Wilson (67) both scoring half-centuries.
A late cameo by Kain Flynn-Duncombe who blasted 32 not out in 15 minutes hitting one four and four sixes would have the side full of confidence heading into day two.
Harry Byrnes Howe was another batsman to reach triple figures in second-grade.
The Eastern Suburbs opening batsman struck eight fours and six sixes in his 126 against St George who is currently 0-22 in reply to Eastern Suburbs’ 5-325.
His teammate Darcy Matthews bettered Byrnes Hows’s performance scoring a run-a-ball 131 in fourth-grade. Matthews’ innings came to an end when he was run out after having scored his third century of the season and his second in fourth-grade.
Two other batsmen scored notable hundreds in fifth-grade. Fairfield-Liverpool’s Daniel Manning faced just 128 deliveries for his 138 runs against Penrith, hitting 16 fours and six sixes. Fairfield-Liverpool’s innings ended on 298 when captain Peter Pigadas departed for 76. Sydney University batsman Nicholas Mortimer found form scoring 127 against Parramatta.
Randwick Petersham’s Benjamin Montedoro and Fairfield-Liverpool’s Gurattanbir Singh claimed six wickets each in their lower grade matches. Montedoro picked up 6-43 conceding only 1.7 runs an over in his 25.4 over spell. Montedoro’s accuracy and consistency restricted Northern District to 184 in fourth-grade at Asquith Oval.
Singh worked hard for his 6-75 in what was a tough day’s play against Penrith in second-grade. Singh toiled away for 25 overs against a strong batting line up in which Penrith opening batsman Timothy McKay scored 109.
Fairfield-Liverpool will have their work cut out for them on day two as they attempt to chase Penrith’s total of 9-336.
Many bowlers took home the match ball after taking five wickets in an innings on day one.
Manly-Warringah’s Sam Alexander had the best figures of the group. Alexander finished with 5-11 from 13 overs against Blacktown’s fourth-grade batting line-up that could only manage 68 runs in the first innings.
Manly-Warringah declared with a 25 run lead and already have Blacktown in trouble early in the second innings finishing the day 3-11.
Day two of round 11 in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition will commence on Saturday at 10:30 am for second-grade and 12:15 pm for third, fourth, and fifth-grade.