Following a week of big hundreds in the lower grades, it was the bowlers who stepped up on day two of round 11 in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition on Saturday.
Eastern Suburbs bowler Matthew Sarkies was tough to handle in his second-grade match against St George at Waverley Oval. Chasing 325 was always going to be troublesome for the visitors, and it was more difficult when Sarkies found his rhythm to claim 7-38 from his 16 overs.
Sarkies' carnage dismissed St George for 109 in the 58th over. With a 216 run lead, Eastern Suburbs went searching for the outright win, but St George learnt from their mistakes to finish the day on 1-41 in the second innings.
Manly-Warringah’s fifth-grade opening bowler also surpassed the five-wicket mark in his match against Blacktown. Defending his side’s total of 179 from day one, Jarrad Ninness bowled 21 overs with excellent control on his way to taking 6-24 to help his side win by 54 runs and clinch third spot on the ladder.
Western Suburbs’ Rowan Carthey continued his run of form playing a huge role in his fourth-grade side’s outright win over Mosman.
Despite being limited to just 1-15 in the first innings, Carthey came into his own in the second innings claiming 6-26. Carthey’s third five-wicket haul puts him on 28 wickets for the season with an average just over 16. Crucially for Western Suburbs, the result has them in third place level on 55 points, equal with second-placed Northern District.
Muhammad Shamas from University of New South Wales had the best figures amongst the five-wicket takers for the round. Shamas backed up his 2-31 in the first innings with an incredible 5-9 from 14 overs that included eight maidens.
Shamas performance dismissed Campbelltown-Camden’s batting line-up for just 66 runs, leaving University of New South Wales needing 60 runs for an outright win, which they successfully chased.
Some batters continued to pile on the runs that we saw on day one.
Bankstown’s second-grade captain Joel Brockley scored 130 from just 119 deliveries. His knock included 19 fours and two sixes as Bankstown declared on 5-316 in only 59 overs.
Brockley’s performance put his side in a commanding position with a 109 run first innings lead, which they capitalised on as they secured an outright win against Sutherland with Brockley scoring an unbeaten 36 in the second innings to finish with 166 runs for the match.
Penrith’s fifth-grade batsman Luke Masters scored a match-winning century against Fairfield-Liverpool.
In pursuit of Fairfield-Liverpool’s 298 Masters joined the action on 1-35. Many of Penrith’s top order batsmen were unable to convert their starts, but with Masters at the crease Penrith was always a chance.
Then at 4-169 Masters, together with his captain Brendon Vella put on a 133 run partnership to secure their third consecutive win and consolidate second place on the ladder.
Masters batted through the innings finishing with 115 not out, and Vella reached a half-century scoring 56 not out.
The McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition will return to one-day cricket for round 12 with play beginning at 10:00 am for all of the lower grades.