New South Wales Blues’ Nic Maddinson has smashed the fourth fastest century in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to help Eastern Suburbs advance to the semi-finals of the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup, on a weekend where some of the state’s best produced exceptional performances.
Maddinson pounded 113 runs from just 56 deliveries at Raby Oval No. 1 to help his club to an upset victory over minor premiers Campbelltown-Camden in their quarter final.
Blues’ captain Moises Henriques, and fellow NSW batsman Ryan Gibson, also posted centuries on Saturday during round 11 of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Maddinson reached his century on Sunday from an incredible 48 deliveries. Only three faster centuries in terms of balls faced have been recorded.
Last season Johan Botha scored 102 not out from 45 deliveries for Mosman in a T20 match against Sydney. Daniel Smith is the only other man to score a century in quicker time than Maddinson.
Smith has made a hundred twice off 47 balls, once in a T20 match for Western Suburbs against Sutherland in the 2010-11 season, and once in a two-day match for Sydney against Mosman in 2012-13.
Eastern Suburbs had scraped its way into eighth position to qualify for the finals and was strengthened by the inclusions of Maddinson and fellow Blues’ wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, off-spinner Will Somerville and paceman Harry Conway.
The visitors were set 265 for victory after the Ghosts posted 8/264 from their 50 overs. Philip Wells (97) top scored for the home side. It was his third ninety of the season.
English wicketkeeper-batsman Oliver Pope (49) and Aaron Yabsley (40) also made valuable contributions. Sam Doggett (3-50) was best with the ball for Easts. Somerville claimed 2-32 from his 10 overs and Conway picked up 1-47.
Maddinson then stole the game away from Campbelltown-Camden sending the ball to the boundary, and over it, with monotonous regularity. His match-winning knock included thirteen fours and five sixes.
He was well supported by Angus Robson (83). The pair shared in a 117-run partnership to provide the basis for the successful run chase. Jarred Lysaght returned the best figures for the Ghosts. He collected 3-40.
The Dolphins now play Parramatta who overcame Manly-Warringah in its quarter final at Old Kings Oval.
Manly was bowled out for 194 in the first innings and Parramatta passed the total in the 49th over with three wickets in hand.
Scott Copperfield led the way for the Parramatta attack. He took 3-42. Blues’ seamer Sean Abbott also picked up 2-40. Adam Crosthwaite top scored for the visitors with 78 from 115 balls. Jay Lenton (27) also reached 4,000 career runs during the match.
Ryan Farrell was valiant in the losing side. He claimed 5-32 from 10 overs.
Sydney University defeated Sydney in emphatic fashion by 112 runs at Drummoyne Oval to progress to the semi-finals.
Damien Mortimer (64) and Liam Robertson (56) both made half-centuries for the students in a total of 282. Opening bowler Nic Bills collected 4-61 for Sydney.
Sydney University swing bowler Tim Ley (3-32) claimed two wickets in the first two balls of the Tigers’ innings and the hosts never quite recovered. The hosts were bowled out for 170 in the 37th over. Young leg-spinner Devlin Malone (4-46) returned the best figures for the students.
The students now play Bankstown on 18 February after it defeated Sutherland by a massive 259 runs.
The Bulldogs turned the tables on Sutherland following a massive 134-run first innings defeat on Saturday in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Bankstown opener Daniel Solway registered his sixth century of the season to continue his prodigious run of form.
Solway scored 125 not out from 154 balls as Bankstown posted 5/296 before dismantling a strong Sutherland outfit for 137.
The innings took his campaign tally to 1,082 runs and he became the eighth player to score six centuries in a season. Great English opener Geoff Boycott, legendary Australian and NSW batsmen Victor Trumper and Bob Simpson, former Blues’ Grant Lambert and Brad McNamara, Tommy Andrews and Bill Alley are the other names on that list.
Jake Cormack was also terrific in the middle order for the victors with 78 off 70 balls. Former Blues’ fast bowler Aaron Bird claimed 4-42.
The Sutherland batting order was weakened, however, when former Australian all-rounder and Thunder captain, Shane Watson, unfortunately suffered an injury while bowling. He finished with 1-13 from 3.2 overs.
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Blues’ captain Moises Henriques has found form with an excellent century for St George in a convincing first innings win over Eastern Suburbs on Saturday in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Henriques scored 105 not out from 145 balls at Waverley Oval and shared in a 195-run partnership with Blues team mate Kurtis Patterson (89). It was his ninth First Grade century.
St George resumed at 2/78 and progressed to 5/302 before captain Nick Stapleton declared and sent Easts back in to negotiate 23 overs until stumps. The hosts finished the day 3/56.
Penrith’s Ryan Gibson was another Blues batsman to enjoy his time in the middle on Saturday against Fairfield-Liverpool. He scored 120 from 199 balls before being dismissed by Blues’ swing bowler Gurinder Sandhu (4-61).
Although, the performance by Gibson was bettered by his Penrith team mate, Cameron Weir (142). The pair combined for a third-wicket partnership of 224 runs.
It was the first century of the season for Weir and his stay at the crease included 13 fours and four sixes. Penrith reached 7/354 to take first innings points at Rosedale Oval.
A magnificent bowling performance by Adam Barton for North Sydney has seen the Bears defend 332 to claim first innings points against Sydney by nine runs.
Barton collected 7-71 from 20 overs opening the bowling for Norths. Justin Mosca (83) top scored for the Tigers.
Sydney Sixers’ fast bowler Daniel Sams capped off a great all-round performance for Randwick Petersham at home to Northern District.
After he made 83 with the bat the previous Saturday, Sams (6-54) bowled superbly to help Randwick Petersham dismiss the visitors for 231 and win on the first innings by 43 runs. It was an equal career best haul for the left-arm quick.
Sean Abbott was also among the wickets on Saturday. He returned the very respectable figures of 4-64 from 15 overs in a 75-run first innings win against Sydney University. Hayden Kerr (82) was the only real shining light for the students in the defeat.
Blacktown top-order batsman Jake Fawcett has fallen just 17 runs short of joining some elite company in a match-saving effort against Manly-Warringah.
He scored 100 not out on Saturday which followed an exemplary 83 in his team’s first innings.
Another 17 runs in that first innings would have seen Fawcett join Victor Trumper (1909-10) and Tommy Andrews (1925-26) as the only players to score a century in each innings of a First Grade match. Blacktown finished 7/294 at stumps.
During the match, Blacktown 15 year-old Dhruv Kant became the second youngest wicket-keeper to debut in a First Grade match. Former First Class cricketer for NSW and Queensland, Ray Phillips, was the youngest when he debuted for Sydney at 15 years and 260 days in 1970.
UNSW captain David Dawson (100) went past 7,000 runs to 7,025 runs at an average of 49.12 against Campbelltown-Camden.
Among the current 106 players with more than 7,000 First Grade runs, only five have a higher average. He and opener Nick Selman (146) added 188 for the second wicket.
It was the third century of the season for Selman and took him to 758 runs for the season at 75.8.
The Ghosts took first innings points in defence of 9/337 declared. The students ended the day at 8/309. Campbelltown-Camden captain Jarrad Burke continued his terrific season with the ball. He claimed 4-119 from 33 overs.
However, Campbelltown-Camden lost its top spot on the ladder after round 11. It was surpassed by Sutherland and Parramatta to fall to third on the ladder.
The massive win to Sutherland over Bankstown sent it to the top of the table. The Bulldogs were bowled out for just 147. Tom Pinson (6-41) took the lion’s share of the wickets. Blues’ rookie leg-spinner Dan Fallins also collected 3-27.
Parramatta trail Sutherland by three points in second.
In other results, Gordon 7/191 (C Eccles 92, U Qadir 4-86) defeated Hawkesbury 186 (MW Parkinson 4-67) on the first innings away from home, and Mosman 7/389 (D Lowery 130, JD Cook 6-112) likewise overcame Western Suburbs 275 (IW Taylor 76, SA Rodgie 3-58).