A rain-affected round two of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition wasn’t enough to overshadow the incredible individual performances displayed across the lower grades with both bat and ball in hand.
It’s hard to go past Blacktown Cricket Club’s Bilal Qureshi for the performance of the round. Qureshi scored a mammoth 208 not out in his second grade against Gordon at Chatswood Oval helping his side post 6-434 on day one but their hope of victory was washed away on day two.
Penrith Cricket Club second-grader Brent Atherton closely followed Qureshi with an unbeaten 177 at Bon Andrews Oval against North Sydney. He was accompanied at the crease by Tom Sargeant who reached 136 but like Qureshi, it was to no avail with no play taking place on the second day.
Joel Mercer made it a trio of batsman to pass 150 in round two. Playing fifth-grade for Parramatta against Campbelltown-Camden the opening batsman brought up the milestone as part of a 224-run opening stand with William Jarman who scored 137, however rain of the second day also prevented any chance of collecting six points.
Round two proved to be more fruitful for the bowlers with 13 bowlers taking five wickets or more, four of which were seven wicket-takers.
Randwick Petersham’s Douglas Loth led the way with 7-40 in his third-grade clash against UNSW. He then made it ten for the match when he picked up 3-28 in the second innings, but his side couldn’t force the outright result.
Mosman Cricket Club third-grade bowler Jayden Park wasn’t far behind collecting 7-47 against Northern District. The spinner bowled with great control in his 22 over spell which included eight maidens.
Parramatta’s Shane Cassel was another third-grade bowler to rip through his opposing batting line up.
The spinner claimed 7-80 from his 25.4 overs to secure a 36 run win for his side.
The fourth seven-wicket taker for the round was Abhayjit Randhawa. The fourth-grade bowler from Sydney Cricket Club also took 7-74 from his 25 over spell to dismiss Bankstown for 179, however, rain once again halted any chance of a result.
We also saw a spectacular hat-trick taken in fourth-grade in round two of the competition.