Double delight for Penrith’s Tom Sargeant and Manly-Warringah’s Logan Weston in the lower grades of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition on Saturday.
Sargeant opened the innings in Penrith’s third-grade match against North Sydney at Bon Andrews Oval, blasting 25 fours and five sixes in his club spectacular knock of 234 not out, a Penrith club record.
Sargeant’s runs came in just 72 overs as Penrith declared on 9-355 and currently have the home side on 1-6 in reply.
Sargeant’s great knock has lifted him to 594 runs for the season premier cricket with an average of 45.69.
Logan Weston's score of 206 came against St George in second-grade at Manly Oval. Batting at three, Weston was in the thick of the action early after Manly lost their opening batsman in the first over of the game with the score on 1-2.
Manly recovered to be 3-99, and from that point, it was all one-way traffic for the home side.
Tom Kaye played an outstanding supporting role scoring an unbeaten 102 as the duo peppered the pickets in what was a destructive 236 run fourth-wicket stand.
Weston fell after having struck 23 boundaries with seven sixes.
Wicketkeeper Aiden Bariol put the icing on the cake with 41 off just 26 deliveries to see Manly-Warringah declare with an imposing total of 4-388. They weren’t done just yet with their bowling unit stealing five late wickets to see St George slump to 5-28 with a mountain to climb on day two.
Gordon’s Dominic Thomson continued the trend scoring 188 not out in second-grade against Sutherland at Chatswood Oval.
The opening batsman batted from start to finish to help his side to 5-359 at the close of play, which included a 133-run partnership with Michael Roberts (59) who was the only other batsman to pass 50.
The big hundreds trickled down across all of the lower grades on day one.
Blacktown’s Waqas Tareen scored his second third-grade century of the season against UNSW. His score of 141 at Jim Hanshaw Oval included 17 boundaries and carried his team to 326.
Mansukh Singh scored 119 from just 118 deliveries for Bankstown against Sydney University at Jenson Park in fourth-grade, while Mosman’s Edward Bernasconi (115) and Fairfield-Liverpool’s Chris Gibson (112 not out) both reached triple figures in fifth-grade.
Harrison Ridgewell flew the flag for the bowlers. He took the best figures of the day with 7-45 in Hawkesbury’s second-grade clash with Western Suburbs.
Ridgewell’s performance helped Hawkesbury secure first innings points on day one.
The next best performer with the ball belongs to Randwick-Petersham’s Joshua Bohannon. Bohannon claimed figures of 6-32 to dismiss Sydney for 112 with Randwick-Petersham closing the day with 4-155 in reply.
Fifth-grade has already produced four five-wicket takers for the round.
Brayden Holdstock took 5-20 for Sutherland with Western Suburbs bowler Ankur Siwach the next best taking 5-34. Alex Kouventaris lead from the front for Bankstown opening the attack and claiming 5-48 against Sydney University. UNSW’s Gurnoor Singh rounds out the fifth-grade five-wicket takers with his 5-53.
Jameson Coutts (5-28) collected his second five-wicket haul for Eastern Suburbs this season. Vishal Vuppalapati had his first five-wicket performance for Fairfield-Liverpool taking 5-43 against Northern-District in second-grade.
Day two will commence on Saturday at 10:30 am for second-grade and 12:15 pm for third, fourth and fifth grade.