Bowlers bullied the batsmen on day two in the lower grades of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with Northern District’s Nathan Maskell edging out Sydney University’s Joshua Toyer for the best bowling performance of round 13.
Maskell was instrumental in his win over Blacktown in third-grade. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the home side as Blacktown’s captain Grant McCartin (51) and Waqas Tareen (61) put together an 83-run partnership for the fifth wicket to get within striking distance of Northern District’s 226.
But Maskell swung the game back in favour of Northern District removing the dangerous batting pair in quick succession. Maskell was relentless in his 18.3 overs taking 7-43 to see his side through to victory by 34 runs.
Manly-Warringah’s fourth-grade opening bowler Michael Counsell wasn’t far from the mark either.
His performance of 7-48 placed him on the heels of Toyer and Maskell on the bowling charts for round 13. He would be more satisfied with the fact that their win against Parramatta has secured a spot in the finals with two regular-season games remaining.
Just as spectacular as the three seven-wicket hauls this round was Rodney Stafford’s hat-trick for Randwick-Petersham.
Stafford’s magical match began with a critical 44 runs late in the innings to narrowly secure the first innings points for his fourth-grade side.
Randy Petes opted for an aggressive declaration with just a two-run lead over St George before the chaos ensued.
St George slumped to 5-29 as Luke Radford (4-17) dominated with the new ball. Stafford then grabbed the reigns taking the final five wickets that included his extraordinary hat-trick to dismiss St George for just 59.
Stafford’s hat trick effort rewarded him with 5-18 and resulted in an outright win for his team.
Continuing on the bowling trends for this week is Eastern Suburbs third-grade bowler Timothy Brown.
After his captain, Mark Morley belted 173 on day one, Brown lead the charge for the bowling unit taking 6-42 against a strong Sydney batting line up.
Sydney was travelling nicely in the early stages reaching 1-89. But the introduction of Brown into the attack changed the course of the match as he took six of the next seven wickets to halt Sydney’s progress on 8-133.
The mountain was too steep to climb from that point on for Sydney who finished 135 runs shy of Eastern Suburbs' 300.
Blacktown’s Tony Clark made it 11 wickets for the match with back-to-back five-wicket hauls against Northern District in second-grade.
Clark backed up his first innings 5-29 with 6-65 in the second, but it was to no avail as Northern District picked up the outright win to sit 14-points clear at the top of the table.
Clark’s Blacktown teammate Blain Rees-Patrick flew the flag for the batters on day two of round 13. Rees-Patrick scored 105 against Northern District at Storey Park to help successfully chase the Northern District total of 218 declaring with 8-279.
Despite not scoring a century, Sydney University third-grader Sam Wood produced a match-winning 82 against local rivals UNSW.
At 7-49 Sydney University looked to be down and out but a spirited 121 run eighth-wicket stand by Wood and Joshua Toyer (32) got Sydney University to within eight runs of UNSW's total.
Wood and Liam Whitaker (8 not out) got the visitors over the line with two wickets in hand to keep their spot inside the top six.
Round 14 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition is another two-day fixture beginning at 10:30 am for second-grade and 12:15 pm for third, fourth, and fifth-grade.