Fourth-Grade Qualifying Finals report
Date of Event : Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:20PM

Andrew Deitz

Fourth-grade competition leaders Manly-Warringah made it four wins in a row when they defeated Sydney University at LM Graham Reserve.

Manly-Warringah made regular breakthroughs in Sydney University's innings with 46 being the highest partnership of the innings.

Oliver Thompson was the only batsman to get close to 50 for the students until he ran out of partners in the 82nd over when the team was all out for 172.

Michael Counsell's 3-33 lifted his impressive wicket tally to 42 for the season, while his opening bowling partner Brad Wilson also collected 3-27.

With a draw enough to see Manly-Warringah through to the semi-finals, the home side slowly crept towards the target.

William Akhurst (39) and Jarrod Walter (30) helped get the hosts past the 100 mark, but captain Adam Gummer was the calming influence for the side compiling a patient 44 from 218 deliveries.

The nerves kicked in when Gummer departed on 5-142, but the lower order managed to get Manly-Warringah over the line by three wickets in the 87th over.

The Northern District and Sydney matchup was a common theme across the lower grades finals series.

Their fourth-grade qualifying final was the third time the two clubs clashed this weekend.

The bragging rights went to the Northern District Cricket Club who made it two wins from three grades against Sydney which was capped off by a 34 run win at Drummoyne Oval.

Batting time appeared to be the order of the day for Northern District who was sent in to bat first by Sydney.

Northern District was bowled out for 128 in the 81st over with captain Steven Burt top scoring with 34 from 137 balls.

The challenging conditions only allowed the second-place finishers to score at 1.6 runs per over as Alex Rashleigh (3-30), Jackson Edwards (2-22), and Lachlan Beattie (2-21) bowled with excellent control.

However, Sydney found batting much more difficult than their opponents. Sydney was dismissed for just 94 runs, 34 runs short of the required target.

Marlon Rodrigo was the only batsman to reach double figures for Sydney, scoring 30 before he was brought undone by the bowling of Nicholas Onslow who finished took 3-14.

Jack Straw removed the tail order to bag figures of 3-3 from his 6.8 over spell. Northern District put the game to bed finishing the second innings on 2-114 with Lachlan Fisher scoring 61 not out.

Western Suburbs made it 11 wins from their last 12 games with a victory over Gordon at Pratten Park.

Western Suburbs sent their opponents in to bat first and enjoyed some early success as Rowan Carthey (2-37) accounted for both the opening batsman to see Gordon slip to 2-16.

Emmanuel Parmakellis (2-25) and Alex Cheung (3-24) also got amongst the wickets for the home side. Gordon's innings concluded on 155 with Naba Haider leading the way with 31.

Gordon's Liam Windel (4-53) struck twice early in the Western Suburbs run chase, but Billy Gaunt (30), James Winder (47), and Darren Cox (60 not out) saw Western Suburbs cruise to victory with five wickets in hand.

Despite Gordon's loss, they will now travel to LM Graham Reserve to take on minor premiers Manly-Warringah while Northern District will host Western Suburbs at Asquith Oval with play set to commence at 10:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Last updated: Friday March 23, 2018 5:22PM