Former Australian Test allrounder, Shane Watson, and world class batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, will each play for their respective clubs on Saturday during the third round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket named in honour of former Australian captain and, icon of the game, Neil Harvey.
Mr. Harvey will be a guest of his former club, Northern District, at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. Former Australian Test captain Mark Taylor and Blues' player Neil Marks will also be in attendance to recognise the occasion.
Former Australian One-Day International player Peter Forrest will also captain Hawkesbury against Blacktown. He made an impressive 86 from 163 balls against St George last round.
After rain washed out the first day of the scheduled two-day matches for round three last weekend, this Saturday all ten fixtures will now be played as limited-overs matches.
However, results will not count towards the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup, and points are to be awarded towards the overall Belvidere Cup.
Sutherland welcome back Watson for his first match in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season for the match against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. He joins Smith in a formidable top order for the men from the Shire.
Last season, Watson played just the eight matches for Sutherland but made his presence felt.
The damaging top order batsman scored 451 runs at an average of 56.4 including two massive centuries. The powerful opening batsman made an imposing 184 from 151 balls against St George in round two last season and followed that innings with another astonishing knock in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
During the semi-final of that tournament, he plundered 114 from a mere 53 balls including an astounding 16 sixes in an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Mosman.
Smith has played both matches so far this season for Sutherland. He has made 109 runs at an average of 54.5. His highest score of 85 came in Sutherland’s first round loss to Mosman.
Blues’ speedster Harry Conway and rookie wicketkeeper, batter Baxter Holt, have both been named in the Eastern Suburbs XI for Saturday, while Sutherland will be further strengthened by the inclusion of Blues left-arm quick Ben Dwarshuis and leg-spinner Daniel Fallins.
Fallins showed his capabilities as an allrounder during the week for NSW Metro against Tasmania in the Toyota Futures League.
In the role of nightwatchman, he made 55 from 179 balls and, in partnership with Bankstown opener Daniel Solway (108 not out), saved the match for NSW Metro. He also claimed 1-36 in the second innings.
During the last round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, Fallins claimed the impressive figures of 5-106 against Manly-Warringah. Sutherland will be hoping for a repeat performance against Easts as it seeks its first win of the season.
Solway will return to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket in brilliant form this Saturday for Bankstown after his unbeaten century for NSW Metro. He has passed fifty in both First Grade matches he has played so far this season and converted one of those into a century.
The opener made 118 not out from 159 balls in a five-wicket victory over Gordon in round one. Bankstown play St George at Hurstville Oval.
St George allrounder Tom Engelbrecht will be on a high leading into the match. On Friday, he was named as 12th man for the Prime Minister’s XI to play South Africa in a one-day tour match at Manuka Oval on 31 October.
Randwick Petersham meet UTS North Sydney this Saturday at North Sydney Oval.
Although, star attraction for Randwick Petersham, David Warner missed out with the bat last round, his match-winning 155 from 152 balls in the four-wicket win over St George in the first round demonstrated what sort of form he is in.
Blues’ gloveman Jay Lenton will captain Manly-Warringah at home against Penrith. The hosts’ XI will also include Blues’ right-arm quick Mickey Edwards, after he acted as 12th man for NSW during the round one Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval this week.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Chris Green and, emerging young allrounder Joel Foster have also been named for Manly.
Foster claimed 4-16 against Sutherland last round including the vital scalp of Smith for 9.
Penrith openers for the first two rounds, Blues’ duo Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney, have again been named for the Panthers.
Five Blues will feature in the match between Fairfield-Liverpool and Parramatta at Rosedale Oval.
Allrounder Param Uppal, Arjun Nair, and fellow quicks Liam Hatcher and Chad Sammut, will all play for Fairfield-Liverpool on Saturday, as was the case last round against Western Suburbs.
Fellow quicks, Hatcher and Sammut, have taken seven wickets between them opening the attack for Fairfield-Liverpool during the first two rounds of the competition.
One of the batsmen at the other end for Parramatta during the fixture, will be Blues’ batter Nick Bertus.
The Parramatta captain will hope to continue a run of form that has helped him go to the top of the run-scorers list in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket so far this season.
He has scored 206 runs from his two matches at 103.00 including 140 from 234 balls against Campbelltown-Camden at Old Kings Oval.
Blues rookie and Blacktown skipper Jordan Gauci will face his former club, Hawkesbury, for the first time this season on Saturday.
Gauci has scored 144 runs at 36.00 this season thus far highlighted by a fine 110 from 160 balls in the first round against North Sydney.
Blues’ seamer Charlie Stobo will spearhead the attack for Gordon against UNSW at Village Green. The right arm-quick is in ominous form after he claimed 6-55 against Blacktown last round.
In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden host Northern District, Sydney University play Sydney at Drummoyne Oval and, Western Suburbs are away to Mosman.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
9.30am Saturdays 13th and 20th October 2018.
Campbelltown-Camden v Northern District at Raby Oval 1.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Mitchell Carruthers, Philip Wells, Jake Cormack, Jaydyn Simmons, Jarred Lysaught, Jordan Browne, Luke Webb, Samuel Skelly, Iain Carlisle.
Northern District: Ben Davis (c), Neil Kimberley, Tom Felton, Daniel Anderson, David Lowery, Nic Badings, Clayton Waters, Zak Honeybrook, Nathan Smith, Matthew Phillips, Charles Taylor.
Eastern Suburbs v Sutherland at Waverley Oval.
Eastern Suburbs: Angus Robson (c), Timothy Armstrong, Adam Ezekiel, Will Simpson, George Furrer, Harry Conway, Harry Dalton, Baxter Holt, Thomas Skelly, Henry Hunt, Aron Nijjar, TBC.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Aiden Bariol, Steven Smith, Jamie Brown, Jayden Brown, Jarryd Biviano, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Fallins, Austin Waugh, Tom Pinson, Shane Watson.
Fairfield-Liverpool v Parramatta at Rosedale Oval.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Raveesh Srivastava, Arjun Nair, Param Uppal, Luke Ohrynowsky, Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Liam Hatcher, Chad Sammut, Zach Johns, Ollie Sale.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Luke Dempsey, Trent Crittenden, Liam Lofts, Brenton Cherry, Ben Martin, Adam Turrell, Ben Abbott, Scott Copperfield, Bradley Taylor.
Hawkesbury v Blacktown at Owen Earle Oval.
Hawkesbury: Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lawrence, Harrison Ridgewell, Pat Lawrence, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Kerrod Gordon, Jake Wholohan, Ryan Mizzi, Timothy Wilson.
Blacktown: Jordan Gauci (c), James Newton, Matthew Day, Abdul Hameed Kherkhah, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Jaskaran Cheema, Anjan Oberai, Mohammad Shinwari, Daniel Nicotra, Asfar Riaz, Smit Raval, Bilal Qureshi.
Manly-Warringah v Penrith at Manly Oval.
Manly-Warringah: Jay Lenton (c), Ahillen Beadle, Ryan Farrell, Logan Weston, Michael Visser, Oliver Davies, Jake Carden, Joel Foster, Timothy Doonan, Chris Green, Joseph Graham, Mickey Edwards.
Penrith: Ryan Smith (c), Brent Williams, Ryan Gibson, Luke Hodges, Tyran Liddiard, Ryan Hackney, Trent Weir, John DiBartolo, Michael Collins, Cameron Weir, Kaine Balgowan, Josh Lalor.
Mosman v Western Suburbs at Allan Border Oval.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Anthony Adlam, Danul Dassanayake, Patrick Pisel, Jake Fawcett, Lachlan Hearne, Luke Shelton, Ashley Doolan, Jake Turner, Gregory West, Dean Crawford.
Western Suburbs: Jonathan Cook (c), Adrian Isherwood, Jason Hughes, Michael Tudehope, Nicholas Cutler, Samuel McMahon, Isaac Taylor, Quincy Titterton, James Psarakis, Joel Abraham, Haris Rauf.
UTS North Sydney v Randwick Petersham at North Sydney Oval.
UTS North Sydney: Thomas Jagot (c), James Crosthwaite, Benjamin Bryant, Adam Crosthwaite, James Aitken, Robert Aitken, Tim Reynolds, Ryan Van Kemenade, Matthew Alexander, James Campbell, William Graham.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), David Warner, Shaun Eaton, TBC, Alexander Kemp, TBC, Soumil Chhibber, Adam Semple, Daya Singh, Riley Ayre, Matthew Everett, Matthew Calder, Jamie Hemphrey.
St George v Bankstown at Hurstville Oval.
St George: Nicholas Stapleton (c), TBC, Matthew Hopkins, TBC, Blake Macdonald, Jonathan Rose, Tom Engelbrecht, Luke Bartier, Peter Francis, Thomas Ortiz, Eric Denhartog, Mitchell Gray, Adam Whatley.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Nathan McAndrew, Rhys Williams, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Liam Marshall, Kyle Brockley, Nick Carruthers, Peter Dignam, Bradley Simpson.
Sydney v Sydney University at Drummoyne Oval.
Sydney: Ryan Felsch, Beau McClintock, Suffan Hassan, Justin Mosca, Benjamin Manenti, Anthony Mosca, Nicholas Bills, Harry Manenti, Alex Glendenning, Matthew Rodgers, Liam Scott.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), TBC, Dugald Holloway, Ryan McElduff, Ben Joy, Damien Mortimer, Ben Trevor-Jones, Timothy Ley, Devlin Malone, Hayden Kerr, Nicky Craze, Steven Hobson.
UNSW v Gordon at Village Green.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Joseph Byrnes, Harry Brook, Matthew Gilkes, Connor Jackson, Marcus Atallah, Nivek Tanner, Suthangan Thanabalasingam, Hayden McLean, Declan White, Joshua Bennett.