For the second round in succession, a number of New South Wales Blues have been selected for their clubs in round 12 of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket which will be played over Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
In a rematch of last week’s First Grade Limited-Overs Cup quarter final blockbuster between Campbelltown-Camden and Eastern Suburbs, both former Australian Test players Blues’ gloveman Peter Nevill and explosive batsman Nic Maddinson will back up for the Dolphins after featuring in the Prime Minister’s XI T20 match against England in Canberra on Friday night.
Blues’ off-spinner Will Somerville will join his NSW team mates in the Eastern Suburbs side.
St George will have the services of Blues Moises Henriques, despite a minor injury suffered in the lead-up to the Prime Minister’s XI match, seamer and Saints captain Trent Copeland, and top-order batsman Kurtis Patterson.
Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton and rookie Mickey Edwards will play for Manly-Warringah against Bankstown. Fellow Blues’ rookie Daniel Fallins will feature for Sutherland in its match against Western Suburbs.
Another Blues’ rookie Jordan Gauci and NSW opening batsman Daniel Hughes feature in the match between Mosman and Hawkesbury at Allan Border Oval. The experienced Nick Larkin and Ed Cowan have been named in the Sydney University XI to play North Sydney.
Blues’ Ryan Gibson returns to the Panthers for their clash against Blacktown bursting with confidence after he made an unbeaten 203 not out and 100 not out against the Future Stars Academy XI in a NSW Blues warm-up match this week ahead of their first Sheffield Shield match after the mid-season break, against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
After Sydney Sixers’ Nic Maddinson destroyed the Ghosts attack last week in the limited-overs quarter final and secured the upset, this weekend’s fixture is a crucial match for Easts as they look to force their way into the top six.
Maddinson was at his flamboyant best at Raby Oval No. 1 last Sunday. He scored 113 from just 56 balls faced. This season he has played three First Grade matches for Eastern Suburbs and posted 256 runs at an average of 85.3.
Sixers’ Nevill scored 102 not out during the week against the Future Stars Academy XI.
Nevill has scored 196 runs at 65.3 including a highest score of 130 not out against Hawkesbury. He claimed two catches and two stumpings in the quarter final against Campbelltown-Camden.
Somerville has played 14 matches in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season and taken 24 wickets at 31.3.
The game represents an opportunity for third-placed Campbelltown-Camden to exact revenge and regain top spot on the competition table.
The two recruits for the Ghosts’ this season, captain Jarrad Burke and Philip Wells, continue to be pivotal to their prospects towards the end of the season.
Burke has collected 41 scalps at 16.98 and is second leading wicket-taker in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket for 2017-18 behind Western Suburbs’ Jonothan Cook. The leg-spinner is four wickets clear with 45 dismissals at 15.00.
Wells has compiled a very impressive 771 runs of 55.07. It includes three scores in the nineties and three times he has been dismissed in the eighties.
The eleventh-placed St George are still with a chance of making it to the Finals at the end of the season just eight points adrift of Bankstown in sixth. It plays away to Northern District this weekend.
Saints’ batsmen Henriques and Patterson shared in a partnership of 195 against Easts last week.
Henriques scored 105 not out and Patterson made 89 before he was dismissed. The Blues captain has played four matches for St George this season and posted 225 runs at 112.5. His innings last Saturday was his highest First Grade score of the season.
Patterson has played five matches and scored 249 runs at 49.8.
Sixers’ Daniel Hughes returns for Mosman to take on Hawkesbury and will be hoping to replicate his 203 not out scored against Sutherland in round three.
Hughes failed to capitalise on a start in the first innings of the match against the Future Stars Academy during the week. He made 36 in that knock, and couldn’t improve in the second innings, where he failed to trouble the scorers.
Fellow Blues’ opener Nick Larkin and Sydney University captain also played in that match and likewise made 15 and 19 respectively. He and Blues’ veteran Ed Cowan have been named in the XI to line-up against North Sydney at University Oval.
It is sixth against seventh when Bankstown host Manly-Warringah with just one point separating both teams and a spot in a finals position.
Thunder wicketkeeper Jay Lenton has rediscovered some form for his club lately. He has scored two fifties from his last four visits to the crease. The very talented left-hander has had a disappointing season to date, he has scored 211 runs at 17.6.
Current ladder leaders Sutherland will play Western Suburbs captained by Cook. The spinner will need to display all of his skill and craft on Saturday to pull off the shock result.
Jamie Brown will be the talisman of the Sutherland batting order and the key wicket for Wests.
It has been the best season of Brown’s career since making his First Grade debut in 2012/13. The No. 3 has scored 818 runs at 48.12. This has included three hundreds and four fifties.
His highest score of 126 came against Bankstown last round. It was the second best innings of his career.
Fallins also heads into the match with some confidence after he claimed 3-27 last round. This season his tally stands at 21 wickets at an average of 31.5.
Sutherland are currently three points clear of Parramatta in second place.
In other matches, UNSW travel over the ANZAC Bridge to play Sydney, Randwick Petersham are at home to Gordon, and Parramatta play Fairfield-Liverpool at Old Kings Oval.