Teenagers Lachlan Hearne and Axel Cahlin both entered the record books on Saturday in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, while many New South Wales Blues also made good contributions for their clubs.
Nineteen-year-old Cahlin joined some of Australia’s and New South Wales’ best current and past players, including current Test captain Steve Smith, to score four centuries before their 20th birthday with 123 from 189 balls for Gordon against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.
He now sits alongside legendary Australian and New South Wales’ batsman Archie Jackson (8), and fellow greats, Ron Kissell, Arthur Morris and Smith (6), as well as Bob Simpson (5), as men to have scored four centuries in Sydney First Grade cricket before their 20th birthdays.
It was his third century of the season and leaves him just 66 runs short of 1,000 runs for the campaign.
His tally is now 934 runs for the season at an average of 54.94 with a highest score of 131 not out he posted against Randwick Petersham three weeks ago.
Just a week after Penrith bowler Trent Weir became the first millennial to take five wickets in an innings, 17-year-old Hearne followed suit by becoming the first player born in the 21st century to score a ton. Only eight younger players have scored a First Grade century.
The Mosman batsman made 116 not out from 198 balls against ladder leaders Campbelltown-Camden at Allan Border Oval. His innings included 12 fours and one six.
Danul Dassanayake got the Whales off to a brisk start with 80 from 85 balls, as the home side finished 7/368 at stumps.
Nathan Baker (3-49) returned best figures for the Ghosts’. Their captain Jarrad Burke (2-104) also added to his season’s wicket tally. He has now collected 46 wickets for the season at 19.7.
Similarly, Gordon finished the day 7/347 with Cahlin anchoring the innings for his team. Middle-order batsman Tym Crawford, with 63 not out from 45 balls, also provided some quick runs for the away side.
Blues rookie leg-spinner Dan Fallins (3-148) and left-arm quick Ben Dwarshuis (2-34) were the best of the bowlers for Sutherland.
The experience of Blues off-spinner, Will Somerville (2-9), proved valuable late in the day against Parramatta, as he snared two of the three wickets to fall for the visitors at Waverley Oval.
The hosts were 3/61 in reply to the Dolphins who were bowled out for 230.
Australian Under 19 wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt (66) made a solid half-century in the middle-order for Easts before he was dismissed by Jack White (4-53). Ben Martin also claimed 2-42.
The innings by the young gloveman guided his club to a competitive first innings total. Adam Ezekiel (32) was next best score for the Dolphins.
Somerville claimed the key wickets of Tim Ward (36) and Parramatta captain Nick Bertus (3) off the last ball of the day. Will Affleck remained 14 not out.
Sydney off-spinner Ben Manenti became the second bowler this season behind Western Suburbs captain and leg-spinner Johnathan Cook to claim 50 wickets courtesy of 3-82 from an immense 36 overs against Randwick Petersham at Coogee Oval on Saturday.
The home side was bowled out for 303 with brothers, Randwick Petersham captain Anthony Sams and Daniel Sams, posting the hosts’ equal top score of 64. Nic Bills (3-53) also returned solid figures for the Tigers. In reply, Sydney is 0/2 at stumps.
NSW Metro Under 17 captain and Manly-Warringah batsman Oliver Davies (99 not out) was stranded just one run short of his maiden First Grade century at stumps against St George.
Manly-Warringah finished the day at 8/288. Peter Francis was the star for the hosts as he claimed 5-72 from 19 overs.
Opener James Crosthwaite (61) and Manly captain Cameron Merchant (57) also made good contributions.
Penrith opening bowler Ryan Smith (6-100) was excellent for the Panthers against North Sydney, as the Bears recovered from 6-89 to be ultimately bowled out for 320.
Ryan Van Kemenade (72) and Oliver Knight (68) provided some lower-order resistance for North Sydney complemented by a stoic innings by Thomas Jagot (69) at No. 4. Penrith is 0/5 in reply.
Bankstown have the advantage in a repeat of last season’s decider against Sydney University at University Oval.
In the second meeting between the two teams in as many weeks, Bankstown made 291 in its first innings, and in reply, Sydney University is in early trouble at 3/32. Sydney Thunder bowler Nathan McAndrew claimed 2-13 for the Bulldogs. Sydney University opener Ben Trevor-Jones is 14 not out.
Earlier in the day, Kyle Brockley (82) top scored for the visitors. Leading run-scorer in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, Daniel Solway (50), also chimed in with yet another half-century.
The chief destroyer for the students was Tim Ley (4-42). He was well supported in the University attack by Hayden Kerr (2-38).
Nick Cutler (115) also played a very impressive innings for Western Suburbs in its first innings total of 7/333 against Hawkesbury at Pratten Park. Sydney Thunder Academy all-rounder Josh Clarke was best with the ball for the Hawks. He collected 4-89.
In other matches, Fairfield-Liverpool 4/210 (JD Cashman 75 not out, H Sandhu 60 not out, RR Pawson 2/38) at home to Northern District; and UNSW is 9/374 (JJ Byrnes 88 not out, MA Atallah 80, J Fawcett 3-80, G Joseph 2-37) against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Oval.