Son of legendary Wallabies’ captain, John Eales, 19 year-old Elijah Eales will make his First Grade debut for Mosman on Saturday when the Whales travel to Chatswood Oval to play Gordon.
The left-handed opening batsman is highly rated and has had some strong performances in the lower grades.
John Eales attended Marist Brothers’ in Brisbane and as a schoolboy cricketer was considered on a par with former Australian opening batsman Mathew Hayden, who was also at the school.
Eales showed more promise in cricket than in rugby during his formative years until he reached the age of 20, when he began to take the rugby world by storm.
Five points is all that separates the top six teams, as the battle to qualify for the finals intensifies in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket heading into round 13 this weekend.
Sydney University are tied at the top of the table with Sutherland on 49 points, three points clear of Parramatta, Campbelltown-Camden and Sydney in equal third on the table. Manly-Warringah round out the top six on 44 points.
Another five teams remain within seven points outside those qualifying positions.
A number of New South Wales Blues will feature this weekend for teams still in contention.
Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton has been named in the Manly side to play Parramatta in arguably the match of the round, and Blues off-spinner Will Somerville will take the field for Eastern Suburbs against Sydney at Waverley Oval.
Blues’ rookie Daniel Fallins will be in action for Sutherland when it travels to Hawkesbury. The Hawks will have the services of fellow Blues’ rookie Jordan Gauci and Blues’ all-rounder Arjun Nair.
Blues’ batsman Ryan Gibson will play his 13th game of the season for Penrith against Western Suburbs at Howell Oval.
Lenton will be a key player for Manly during its encounter with Parramatta and will have plenty of cricket under his belt in preparation for the match.
After playing for his club last weekend, Lenton captained the ACT/NSW Country Toyota Futures League team that lost during the week to Tasmania. The Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper-batsman couldn’t capitalise on starts in both innings. He made 16 and 13 respectively.
However, the talented gloveman was very good behind the stumps. He claimed three catches and one stumping. Northern District opener Henry Hunt posted 82 from 210 balls at the top of the order for ACT/NSW Country in the first innings.
His opposing wicketkeeper batsman on Saturday, Nick Bertus, will also be pivotal to the contest. The Parramatta captain has scored 737 runs this season at an average of 49.13. This tally includes his highest score of 206 not out and four half centuries.
Lenton will be joined in the home team by all-rounder Jack Edwards. The 17-year-old returns from the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand, where Australia unfortunately went down to India in the final on February 3.
It was a successful campaign for Edwards. He scored 216 runs at an average of 43.20 including two fifties in the five games he played.
His captain throughout the World Cup, Blues’ rookie Jason Sangha, also re-joins his club side Randwick Petersham for its match against St George at Hurstville Oval. He scored 229 runs at 38.16 during the tournament.
Both Randwick Petersham and St George sit six and seven points outside the top six respectively.
Australian Under 19 opening bowler Ryan Hadley will return for Blacktown, who are away to Northern District. Sutherland welcome Austin Waugh back into the fold after he also featured for Australia at the World Cup.
Somerville will take some great form into Eastern Suburbs’ match against Sydney. Last weekend he claimed 4-71 and scored 62 with the bat for the Dolphins opposing Campbelltown-Camden at Waverley Oval.
During the week he captained the NSW Metro team in the Toyota Futures League at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 2 against Queensland, where he again produced solid figures.
He collected 3-100 in the first innings and was one of the better performers for the home side during a difficult outright loss for NSW Metro.
Easts face a tough assignment against the reigning Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup champions.
Since claiming the Twenty20 title in December, Sydney have won three of its last four matches in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket. Its only loss in that period was against North Sydney in round 11.
Ben Manenti will be the strike weapon in the Sydney attack. The off-spinner is the leading wicket taker in the competition with 46 wickets at 21.09.
He leads Western Suburbs’ Jonathan Cook by a single scalp. The leg-spinner has 45 wickets to his name at 15.18.
Campbelltown-Camden captain Jarrad Burke and team mate Philip Wells will face their former team mates for the first time in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday when the Ghosts play Bankstown at Raby Oval No. 1.
Since both men departed the Bulldogs after the final of the Belvidere Cup last season, Campbelltown-Camden have drastically turned around their fortunes.
In the 2016-17 season, the Ghosts finished in last place on the ladder and currently find themselves in equal third, a progression which Burke and Wells have played a pivotal part.
The bowling of Burke has been a tremendous asset. He has claimed 43 wickets for his new club this season at an average of 17.56.
Similarly, the batting of Wells has been crucial to the Ghosts’ success. He has amassed 785 runs at 52.33.
A win for Bankstown, who are presently five points outside the top six, is vital for it to maintain contact with the leading teams.
The traditional rivalry between two of Sydney’s leading universities will be renewed at Alan Davidson Oval when UNSW take on the table topping Sydney University.
In other matches, North Sydney are at home to Fairfield-Liverpool.
FIRST GRADE TEAMS: ROUND 13:
10:30am Saturdays 10th & 17th February 2018
Campbelltown-Camden v Bankstown at Raby 1 Oval.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Mitchell Carruthers, Philip Wells, Oliver Pope, Jaydyn Simmons, Jarred Lysaught, Jordan Browne, Nathan Baker, Luke Webb, Samuel Skelly.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Chris Ridley, Nathan McAndrew, Rhys Williams, Ethan Leten, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Jake Cormack, Wallace Marshall, Kyle Brockley, Joel Brockley.
Gordon v Mosman at Chatswood Oval.
Gordon: Steve Colley (c), Axel Cahlin, Tym Crawford, Ashley Doolan, Cameron Eccles, Harry Evans, Matthew Junk, Reagan Klemt, Matthew Parkinson, Alex Patterson, Elliot Richtor.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Danul Dassanayake, Anthony Adlam, Varun George, Patrick Pisel, Lachlan Hearne, Matthew Day, Kurt Neely, Elijah Eales, Nathan Doyle, Thomas Slack.
Hawkesbury v Sutherland at Owen Earle Oval.
Hawkesbury: Corey Lowe (c), Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Luke Courtney, Ryan Mizzi, Jordan Gauci, Jaskaran Cheema, Arjun Nair, Usman Qadir, Pat Lawrence.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Jamie Brown, Jayden Brown, Jarryd Biviano, Tom Doyle, Daniel Fallins, Luke Hawksworth, Jake Wilson, Peter Saroukos, Austin Waugh, Tom Pinson.
Manly-Warringah v Parramatta at Manly Oval.
Manly-Warringah: Chris Green (c), Adam Crosthwaite, James Crosthwaite, Ahillen Beadle, Cameron Merchant, Michael Visser, Oliver Davies, Jay Lenton, Joel Foster, Nick McLachlan, Jack Edwards.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Brenton Cherry, Timothy Ward, Trent Crittenden, Ben Abbott, Luke Dempsey, Scott Copperfield, Owen Simonsen, Jack White, Ben Martin, Sean Abbott.
North Sydney v Fairfield-Liverpool at North Sydney Oval.
North Sydney: Justin Avendano (c), James Newton, James Aitken, Ryan Van Kemenade, Thomas Jagot, Anjan Oberai, James Campbell, Oliver Knight, Niranjan Naguleswaran, Adam Barton, Robert Aitken.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Russell Wilcoxon, Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Jeremy Maher, Luke Ohrynowsky, Damien Aviet, Gurinder Sandhu, Zach Johns, Vishal Vuppalapati, Matt Critchley.
Northern District v Blacktown at Mark Taylor Oval.
Northern District: Andrew Harriott (c), Henry Hunt, Jack Colley, Jonathan Whealing, Jonte Pattison, Daniel Anderson, Ross Pawson, Lachlan Ford, Joshua Poysden, Charles Taylor, John Anderson, Matthew Phillips, Clayton Waters.
Blacktown: Daya Singh (c), Jake Fawcett, Nicholas Watkins, Josh Hilder, Dean Crawford, Gabriel Joseph, Mohammad Shinwari, Dhruv Kant, Daniel Nicotra, Arron Lilley, Ryan Hadley.
Penrith v Western Suburbs at Howell Oval.
Penrith: Michael Castle (c), Brent Williams, Ryan Gibson, Luke Hodges, Ryan Fletcher, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Smith, John DiBartolo, Nick Carruthers, Jake Wholohan, Cameron Weir, Trent Weir.
Western Suburbs: Jonathan Cook (c), Isaac Taylor, Ned Eckersley, Nicholas Cutler, James Psarakis, Adrian Isherwood, Alec Baldwin, Samuel McMahon, James Shepherd, Ayden Brown, Michael Tudehope.
St George v Randwick Petersham at Hurstville Oval.
St George: Nicholas Stapleton (c), Chris MacDougal, Matthew Lacey, Peter Francis, Mitchell Gray, Luke Bartier, Jonathan Rose, Blake Macdonald, Kaleb Phillips, Oliver Robinson, Andrew Walsh.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), Riley Ayre, Mitchell Edwards, Matthew Everett, Soumil Chhibber, Joshua Bohannon, Shaun Eaton, Daniel Sams, Adam Semple, Gregory West, Jason Sangha.
Eastern Suburbs v Sydney at Waverley Oval.
Eastern Suburbs: Gregory Clarence (c), Angus Robson, Adam Ezekiel, Peter Lazarus, Samuel Doggett, Jonathon Smith, William Somerville, Sam Mullens, Thomas Skelly, Jack Preddey.
Sydney: Daniel Smith (c), Harry Dalton, Matthew Rodgers, Anthony Mosca, Justin Mosca, Beau McClintock, Benjamin Manenti, Ryan Felsch, Alex Glendenning, Nic Bills, Thomas Ortiz, Delray Rawlins, Suffan Hassan.
UNSW v Sydney University at Alan Davidson Oval.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Nicholas Selman, James Henry, Matthew Gilkes, Jack Scriven, Jude Fernandopulle, Nivek Tanner, Marcus Atallah, John Venianakis, Hayden McLean, Declan White.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Tim Cummins, Ben Joy, Damien Mortimer, Ben Trevor-Jones, Timothy Ley, Devlin Malone, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Hayden Kerr, Steven Hobson, James Larkin.