Copeland (5-50) was one of three Blues to claim five wickets for their club on Saturday. The St George captain was joined by Gordon fast bowler Charlie Stobo (6-55) and Sutherland leg-spinner Daniel Fallins (5-106). The skippers of Parramatta and Manly-Warringah respectively, Nick Bertus (140) and Jay Lenton (100) were the two NSW players to score centuries.
Stobo returned the best figures of any bowler on Saturday. It was third five-wicket haul in Premier Cricket and also his third bag of six scalps.
Fallins was not the only leg-spinner to take five wickets, with Sydney University tweaker Devlin Malone going one better against Eastern Suburbs. He claimed 6-73 from 27 overs
Lenton shared an important 183-run third-wicket partnership with Blues allrounder Chris Green (75) which laid the platform for a total of 348 against a Sutherland including world class batsman Steve Smith, who showed his all-round skills in the field snaring three catches at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Basil Seller Scholar and Sutherland wicketkeeper Aiden Bariol also stood out with five dismissals including four catches and one stumping. The home team were 0/0 at stumps.
Former Australian One-Day International player and Blues top order batsman, Peter Forrest (86) played a solid captain’s knock for Hawkesbury in its first innings total of 266 against St George.
Copeland was superb for the Saints conceding less than three runs overs throughout the day. St George was 0/15 at stumps with Matthew Hopkins (10 not out) and Mitchell Gray (4 not out) the two unbeaten batsmen.
The six-wicket haul for Stobo ensured Blacktown posted no more than 218 in its first innings.
In reply, Gordon are 0/35 after eight overs with its two openers, Axel Cahlin (25 not out) and Dominic Thomson (10 not out) at the crease.
Bertus posted his maiden century of the season against Campbelltown-Camden at Old Kings Oval. His 140 from 234 balls sent him to the top of the list of leading-run scorers for the competition.
The tenacious left-hander has made 206 runs at an average of 103.00 from the opening two matches.
Bertus shared a 215-run fourth-wicket partnership with fellow centurion Trent Crittenden (112) on Saturday. Parramatta declared its innings closed at 7/383 in the 90th over with the Ghosts 0/12 in response. Aaron Yabsley (6 not out) and Jarred Lysaught (6 not out) are the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease.
Malone captured the wickets of all four top order players for Eastern Suburbs as the wickets tumbled for the visitors at University Oval on Saturday. Easts lost 6/52 to be bundled out for 215 within 77 overs.
Sydney University are teetering in reply at 3/44 with wicketkeeper, batsman Ben Trevor-Jones (27 not out) holding fort.
Penrith middle-order batsman Brent Williams scored a vitally important 138 from 201 balls in his team’s total of 271 against North Sydney. The next best was No. 10 Ryan Smith (29 not out).
The knock was made all the more significant when the Penrith bowling attack managed to claim 3/31 during the closing stages of the day’s play including last week’s centurion Adam Crosthwaite (11). North Sydney captain Thomas Jagot (1 not out) remains unbeaten with Matthew Alexander (4 not out).
Numerous Blues contributed for Fairfield-Liverpool against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
Exciting left-arm speedster, 17-year-old Chad Sammut, claimed career best figures in Premier Cricket of 3-39 opening the bowling with fellow Blues paceman Liam Hatcher (2-37).
Australian Under 19 World Cup allrounder and, Sheffield Shield debutant for NSW last season, Param Uppal, also claimed the tidy figures of 2-80 from 29 overs with his off-spin.
Western Suburbs finished at 8/281 at stumps. Bill O’Reilly Medallist and Wests captain Jonathan Cook (75) top-scored for the home side batting at No. 7.
Powerhouse international batsman David Warner unfortunately could not replicate his magnificent 155 not out made for Randwick Petersham in round one.
Warner (2) was dismissed late in the day against UNSW at Coogee Oval with his club reeling at 2/17 in reply to 279. Connor Jackson (88) top-scored for the students.
In the field, Warner claimed two catches, and emerging Blues batsman, and Australian Under 19 captain, Jason Sangha again showed his worth with ball hand. His leg-spin delivered 3-43 for Randwick Petersham. Opening bowler Adam Semple (4-50) returned best figures for the hosts.
Seventeen-year-old Mosman batsman Lachlan Hearne fell just eight runs short of his second century in the top grade at Mark Taylor Oval. His patient 92 from 170 balls against Northern District to guide the Whales to a competitive total of 311.
In reply, the Northern District are 1/8 with captain Ben Davis and Tom Felton at the crease and yet to get off the mark. Nathan Smith (4-51) and Charles Taylor (4-56) led the way with the ball for the hosts.
Sydney were in deep trouble at 8/161 against Bankstown until No. 8 Ryan Felsch (68) and No. 10 Alex Glendenning (60) combined to pull the Tigers out of the mess.
The pair posted 88 runs for the ninth wicket to edge Sydney as close to possible to 300. Bankstown dismissed Sydney for 292 in the 93rd over.
It was the second successive half-century for Felsch to start the season. Ben Taylor claimed the miserly figures of 4-62 from 32 overs to lead the way with ball in hand for Bankstown.
NSW Premier Cricket: First Grade: Round 2:
Bankstown 0-0 v Sydney 9-292 (R Felsch 69, A Glendenning 60, S Hassan 46, A Mosca 41, M Rodgers 25, B Taylor 4-62, L Marshall 3-50, N McAndrew 2-81).
Blacktown 218 (T Flynn-Duncombe 63, A Oberai 56, A Kherkhah 24 not out, D Nicotra 24, C Stobo 6-55, M Junk 2-40) v Gordon 0-35 (A Cahlin 25 not out).
Hawkesbury 266 (P Forrest 86, J Wholohan 52 not out, H Ridgewell 35, K Gordon 22, T Copeland 5-50, P Francis 2-41) v St George 0-15.
Northern District 1-8 v Mosman 311 (L Hearne 92, S Rodgie 60, D Dassanayake 44, A Doolan 23, J Turner 20, N Smith 4-51, C Taylor 4-56).
Parramatta 7(dec)-383 (N Bertus 140, T Crittenden 112, B Cherry 50, L Dempsey 33, A Turrell 22, L Webb 3-36) v Campbelltown-Camden 0-12.
Penrith 271 (B Williams 138, R Smith 29 not out, M Collins 28, J Aitken 3-16, M Alexander 2-60, W Graham 2-70) v UTS North Sydney 3-31.
Sutherland 0-0 v Manly-Warringah 348 (J Lenton 100, C Green 75, T Doonan 62, J Edwards 26, D Fallins 5-106, T Pinson 3-73, J Brown 2-49).
Sydney University 3-44 (B Trevor-Jones 27 not out) v Eastern Suburbs 215 (A Ezekiel 47, B Holt 34, H Dalton 27, J Preddey 24, H Hunt 24, D Malone 6-73, B Joy 2-38).
Western Suburbs 8-281 (J Cook 75, J Hughes 46, A Isherwood 42, N Cutler 36, S McMahon 22, C Sammut 3-39, L Hatcher 2-37, P Uppal 2-80) v Fairfield-Liverpool.