Lower Grades Report Round 14 Day 2
Date of Event : Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:23AM

Andrew Deitz

Dominic Thomson made it a hat-trick of double centuries in the lower grades in round 14 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition.

Gordon’s second-grade side opted to continue batting at the start of play on day two looking to add to their score of 5-359 at Chatswood Oval, with Thomson resuming his innings on 188.

Five overs were all that was required for Thomson to bring up his double century closing the innings with 200 not out from 300 deliveries as Gordon declared with 5-375.

The total, combined with Ryan Meppem's 5-102 with the ball was more than enough to see Gordon runaway victors over Sutherland who managed 257 in reply.

Sydney University's fourth-grade wicket-keeper Hayden Storey was also amongst the runs, scoring 163 in a nail-biter against Bankstown at Jenson Park.

In pursuit of Bankstown's 277, Storey anchored the innings for the students at the top of the order hitting 20 fours as well as clearing the fence on seven occasions.

With the next best batsman scoring 32, Storey had his work cut out for him as Sydney University reached 8-258. Despite only having two wickets in hand, the visitors would have been quietly confident with Storey dictating terms in the middle.

But that confidence was diminished soon after when the century maker was trapped in front with ten runs needed for victory. The final pair crept their way to 9-275 before a dramatic run out brought an end to the match as Storey's heroics went unrewarded in a narrow two-run defeat.

Fourth-grade opening batsman Callum Hotham found himself in the same predicament as Storey, scoring an unbeaten 125 in a losing side in Western Suburbs match against Hawkesbury at Bensons Lane 2.

After Rowan Carthey (6-59) claimed his fifth five-wicket performance for the season to remove Hawkesbury for 258, the visitors were off to a shaky start losing a steady flow of wickets.

Hotham and Alex Cheung (45) put on a 93-run partnership to resurrect the innings on 5-205. With Hotham in fine form, Wests looked in control despite the sixth wicket falling on 230.

However, the pressure mounted on the tail order as they approached the target, which led to a climactic collapse of 4-26 to leave Hotham stranded three runs short of a first innings win.

Eastern Suburbs' Jameson Coutts toppled Hawkesbury's Harrison Ridgewell for the bowling honours in round 14.

Given the difficult task of defending 122 against the third-grade competition leaders Parramatta, Coutts excelled with the new ball taking 7-35 from 19.2 overs to dismiss Parramatta for just 75.

The upset result has seen Eastern Suburbs maintain their spot in the top six heading into the final round of the competition.

Brenton Loudon removed North Sydney's batting lineup cheaply in their second-grade match at Howell Oval.

Louden's 6-42 saw Penrith dismiss the visitors for 96. With a 98 run first innings lead, Penrith tried to force an outright result quickly scoring 2-149 in just 29 overs to set North Sydney 248 runs for victory.

Louden wasn't quite as productive as his first innings effort, taking 2-39. However, his bowling partners found a way through capturing the remaining wickets to claim Penrith's second outright win of the season by 70 runs, keeping their finals hopes alive.

Matthew Hudson, Thomas McKenzie, and Andrew Jamieson were among the top five-wicket takers for the round.

Despite Campbelltown falling 55 runs shy of Mosman's first innings total, Hudson's bowling performance of 5-17 in the second innings helped salvage a result for his side, who went on to successfully chase 157 to secure a second innings win to leave them on the fringe of the top six.

Andrew Jamieson's 5-20 also came in Manly-Warringah's second-grade match against St George. With St George resuming on 5-28, 360 runs behind Manly's 388, Jamieson ran through the opposition to dismiss the visitors for a measly total of 51.

Things didn't get much better for the Saints in the second innings with many of their batsmen unable to convert their starts eventually falling for a much-improved 175, but it wasn't enough to escape an outright defeat.

Thomas McKenzie produced a brilliant performance in Randwick Petersham's do-or-die clash against Sydney in third-grade. McKenzie's 5-17 helped secure a crucial 49 run win, leaving Randwick-Petersham just one point outside the top six.

Last updated: Friday March 16, 2018 8:25AM