Second-Grade Qualifying Finals report
Date of Event : Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:12PM

Andrew Deitz

The home teams all made the most of their advantage in the Qualifying Finals of the McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket second-grade competition.

It was plain sailing for minor premiers Northern District who progressed through to the Semi-Finals following their clash against Sydney at Mark Taylor Oval.

Sydney's Harry Manenti made early inroads in the Northern District batting lineup removing both Samuel Fanning (5) and Aaron Flaherty (2) cheaply to have the home side 2-11.

Tom Felton and Neil Kimberley regained control of the match with a 91-run partnership before a sharp bit of fielding saw Felton run out just shy of his half-century on 46.

The middle-order batted with tremendous patience and control as Kimberley (80), Nic Badings (50), and wicketkeeper Clayton Waters (65) all posted half-centuries.

Manenti struck another double-blow to claim figures of 4-58 from 33 overs to give his side hope on 7-257. But their chances slowly faded when the Northern District final pair of Ajaypal Singh (33 not out) and captain Daniel Friedrich (69 not out) remained unbeaten in a 92-run stand to see the game end in a draw on 9-388 at the end of the 177th over.

Spin bowler Ash Squire took 2-109 from 51 overs, bringing his season tally to 51 wickets at an average of 18.5 in second-grade.

Second-placed Hawkesbury defeated Sydney University by 96-runs to book their place in the semi-finals.

Hawkesbury also made the most of their decision to bat first posting a hefty total of 400. Eknoor Singh compiled a well-made 51 while Kerrod Gordon continued his incredible season scoring 60 from 75 deliveries.

The half-century was Gordon's 6th for the season along with two hundred's and also took his season aggregate to 864 runs.

Antum Naqvi, however, was the pick of the batsmen scoring 123 not out that included 15 boundaries. Sydney University's Dugald Holloway was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-55 ahead of Jack Lawson who finished with 2-78.

With considerably fewer overs to play with Sydney University were up for a fierce battle. Harrison Ridgewell (3-74) dismissed three of the top five batsmen as the student's slumped to 5-85.

James Crowley posted his fourth half-century of the season top scoring with 76. Some impressive batting from Jonathon Craig Dobson (44) and Jack Lawson (47 not out) got the students past 300, but they fell soon after for 304 with Jay Dyball chipping in with 3-34.

Manly-Warringah and Mosman both move into the Semi-Finals despite Manly-Warringah winning by 239 runs.

Logan Weston continued his scintillating form scoring 102, which was his third century in five games.

Arshdeep Virdi was the only other notable contributor with the bat scoring an even 50 from 87 balls to set a total of 308. Mosman evenly spread the bowling honours. Sam Sykes (2-38), Charlie Sayers (2-68), and Dylan Mares (2-23) all claimed a pair of wickets each.

Manly-Warringah's bowlers were on song from the outset with Nick McLachlan striking with the first delivery of the innings.

Things didn't get much better for the visitors with Mosman's Michael Bryant the only batsmen to reach double figures top scoring with just 26. McLachlan was relentless on his way to claiming 4-14, and Jake Carden was just as efficient with 4-19 to remove the visitors for 69.

Mosman was fortunate enough to be handed a second chance in the finals and will now take on Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval, while Manly-Warringah will travel to Owen Earle Oval to take on Hawkesbury with play beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Last updated: Friday March 23, 2018 5:14PM