On a weekend where a number of New South Wales Blues showed their class in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, it was an eight-wicket haul by a teenager from Manly-Warringah that stood out in round 12.
Eighteen-year-old Joel Foster (8-23) was lethal for Manly-Warringah in a comprehensive first innings victory over Bankstown at Bankstown Oval. He became the youngest player in a First Grade match to return such figures.
Impressive hundreds were also made by Manly team-mate and Blues reserve wicketkeeper, Jay Lenton (113), and Blues’ opening batsman and Sydney University captain, Nick Larkin (164), who scored his fourth century of the season for the students in their first innings win over North Sydney.
Blues off-spinner Will Somerville collected 4-71 and scored 62 in Eastern Suburbs’ drawn match with Campbelltown-Camden, where Blues wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (62) also made a solid half-century. Blues allrounder Moises Henriques posted 76 for St George in its first innings win over Northern District.
Blues opener Daniel Hughes (48) also passed the milestone of 4,000 First Grade career runs for Mosman in a first innings loss to Hawkesbury.
The tremendous haul of Foster included leading run-scorer in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Daniel Solway (19) adjudged lbw. He then took the last seven wickets in the Bulldogs batting order to dismiss the home side for 145 in reply to 8/334 dec posted by Manly-Warringah.
The Bulldogs were 3/43 when the left-arm quick picked up Joel Brockley and then proceeded to lose its next three wickets to the bowling of Foster with the score on 44.
Bankstown lost 5/15 in a matter of just a few overs and collapsed to be 7/58 at one stage. All five scalps were claimed by the teenage paceman. Blues rookie Mickey Edwards (2-17) collected the other two Bankstown wickets in the demolition.
Manly enforced the follow-on but the hosts held on to finish the final day at 1/63 in their second inning with Solway 41 not out. The win pushed the visitors into the top six.
Lenton finally broke through for his maiden century of the season in the first innings. He scored 113 from 184 balls in a knock which included 14 boundaries and one six.
The fantastic run of form in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket for Larkin continued at Sydney University Oval against North Sydney.
His 164 from 186 deliveries took his season tally to 863 runs at 86.3. The students were in complete control during their match against after the Bears were dismissed for 193 in the first innings. NSW Blues’ Ed Cowan was the surprise packet with the ball. He returned best figures for Sydney University of 3-28 from 12 overs bowling leg-spin.
North Sydney finished the match at 2/72 in its second innings. The win for Sydney University put it into equal first on the table with Sutherland, which suffered an upset loss to Western Suburbs on the weekend.
Sutherland was dismissed for just 197 in reply to Western Suburbs’ 209 all out at Glenn McGrath Oval. Michael Tudehope (4-48) and Adrian Isherwood (4-60) claimed eight of the ten wickets in the shock 12-run first innings win.
Jake Wilson was a stand-out for the home side in the loss. He took 5-78 in the first innings.
Somerville had a successful match for Eastern Suburbs against Campbelltown-Camden at Waverley Oval. He claimed 4-71 in the Ghosts’ first innings and then provided some solid resistance in the middle-to-lower order with 62 during a stay of over two hours at the crease to force the draw.
Jack Preddey (82) and Nevill (62) were other notable contributions with the bat for the Dolphins.
Campbelltown-Camden was bowled out for 372 in the first innings highlighted by 113 from 132 balls by English wicketkeeper-batsman Oliver Pope.
The draw leaves the Ghosts in equal-third with Parramatta who lost on the first innings to Fairfield-Liverpool.
Despite some slight injury concerns, Henriques was at his attacking best for St George in its first innings win against Northern District.
He peeled off 76 from 79 deliveries opening the batting for the St George in pursuit of 249 to take first innings honours six wickets down.
Nick Stapleton played the anchor role in the chase opening with Henriques. He compiled a composed and patient 73 from 147 deliveries.
Daniel Hughes fell two runs short of a half-century in an agonising one-run first innings loss to Hawkesbury at Allan Border Oval, and in the process passed 4,000 First Grade runs. He now has 4,026 runs for his career at an average of 37.98.
During an otherwise disappointing match for Mosman, Scott Rodgie (82) also passed the significant milestone of 7,000 career runs in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket. His career tally now stands at 7,079 runs at 32.62.
Hawkesbury was bowled out for 278 in the first innings where Blues rookie Jordan Gauci (69) and Josh Clarke (66) both made useful contributions which would turn out to be crucial. Rodgie also showed his all-round prowess. He collected 3-48.
Usman Qadir opened the bowling for Hawkesbury and was superb in the nail-biting victory. The leg-spinner claimed 4-101 and took the final wicket of Thomas Slack with Mosman one run short of forcing a tie on the first innings.
Like Hughes, Blues’ batsman Ryan Gibson (42) couldn’t capitalise on a good start playing for Penrith against Blacktown.
Penrith posted 7/403 declared with Brent Williams (112) and Cameron Weir (90) leading the way for the home side. Their partnership of 136 in the middle-order was vital to the mammoth total.
In response, Blacktown was bowled out for 338 despite the valiant efforts of Arron Lilley (140 not out) and Josh Hilder (106). Penrith prevailed on the first innings by 65 runs.
Ben Manenti went to the top of the wicket-takers list in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket in a dominant win for Sydney convincingly overcame UNSW to claim first innings points at home.
Manenti picked up a brilliant and miserly 5-25 from 22 overs in the first innings as the students were bundled out for 156. Sydney made 246 in reply with Manenti (39) making another handy contribution with the bat. Harry Dalton (66) top-scored for the Tigers.
UNSW prevented the outright win finishing at 3/106 at stumps on Sunday. Nic Bills claimed 3-25.
Gordon’s Axel Cahlin (131 not out) scored his second century of the season and the third of his career in First Grade in his side’s nine-wicket first innings win over Randwick Petersham.
In other results, the equal-third placed Parramatta 9/286 dec. (L Dempsey 99, S Copperfield 32, MJ Critchley 3-78) was defeated by Fairfield Liverpool 8/288 (MJ Critchley 126, LP Ohrynowsky 58 not out, JD Cashman 50) in a very tight contest.