Two former Australian One-Day International players and one world class super star, as well as several emerging talents, will be in action at Glenn McGrath Oval for the match between Sutherland and Hawkesbury on the first Saturday of round four in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Steve Smith will join former Australian Test and One-Day International allrounder, Shane Watson, in the Sutherland XI to take on Hawkesbury in the two-day fixture. The Hawks will be led by Peter Forrest, who played 15 One-Day Internationals for Australia in 2012.
NSW Blues’ left-arm paceman Ben Dwarshuis, emerging allrounder Austin Waugh and, strong right-arm quick, Tom Pinson, further strengthen Sutherland.
During the week, Pinson returned 3-70 in the first innings of the 95-run victory for ACT/NSW Country against Western Australia in Canberra.
Smith and Watson will both be hungry for runs after the pair missed out with the bat in the four-wicket loss to Eastern Suburbs last Saturday.
Smith made up for that missed opportunity and scored an excellent 60 in a T20 trial match for Sutherland at North Dalton Park in Wollongong on Thursday night. He has made 109 runs at an average of 36.3 for the men from the Shire in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket so far this season.
A rediscovery of the type of form Watson showed for Sutherland last season will also give Sutherland a boost heading into Saturday. He compiled 451 runs at 56.4 including two stunning centuries.
Forrest returned to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season after more than six years with the Queensland Bulls. His highest score of the season so far is 86 from 163 balls against St George in round two.
World class batsman David Warner and his Randwick Petersham side will meet Western Suburbs at Pratten Park. The powerhouse opener made an emphatic 155 not out against St George in the first round to help his team secure one of its two victories this season.
Two Blues will be in action for Fairfield-Liverpool in its match against Grand Finalists last season, Sydney University, including allrounders Param Uppal and Arjun Nair.
Nair will play exclusively as a batsman. Fairfield-Liverpool will be led by Uppal at University Oval.
Fellow Blues' pacemen Liam Hatcher and exciting left-arm quick, Chad Sammut, will be available for Fairfield-Liverpool on the second Saturday.
Blues’ batsmen Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney have been named for their fourth Premier Cricket match with ladder leaders Penrith in its match against St George.
Gibson has been in envious form. He has scored two centuries from three visits to the crease this season and compiled 236 runs at 78.7.
However, St George will not be without their fair share of in-form batsmen. Captain Nick Stapleton has a perfect record of centuries from each of his two innings this season. He has tallied 211 runs at 105.5.
ACT/NSW Country batsman Blake Macdonald has also been in good form for St George. He scored an impressive 104 from 92 balls against Randwick Petersham in round one. He has made 181 runs at 90.5 this season.
St George leg-spinner Tom Engelbrecht will enter the match against Penrith with plenty of confidence. The ACT/NSW Country allrounder claimed five wickets for the match, including 4-69 in the second innings, during the convincing win for his team over Western Australia in the Futures League.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Nathan McAndrew was also amongst the wickets in that match for ACT/NSW Country.
McAndrew claimed three wickets against Western Australia and made an important 70 from 100 balls in the first innings. Bankstown will be hoping he can replicate that against UNSW at Bankstown Oval this round.
Blues’ reserve gloveman and Manly-Warringah captain, Jay Lenton, took four catches in the first innings of the victory for ACT/NSW Country this week. He will join Blues’ and Sydney Thunder allrounder, Chris Green, in the Manly-Warringah side to play Mosman at Allan Border Oval.
Fellow Blues Nick Bertus and rookie Jordan Gauci will be opposing captains at Old Kings Oval for Parramatta and Blacktown respectively.
Both batsmen have been in good form to start the season. Bertus has 257 runs to his name at the outstanding average of 128.5, while Gauci averages 42.33 with a tally of 280 runs from three matches.
Blues’ seamer Charlie Stobo will be available for Gordon on the second Saturday of his team’s match against UTS North Sydney at Chatswood Oval.
The 23-year-old is equal fourth on the list of leading wicket takers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season. He is four wickets behind Sydney University leg-spinner Devlin Malone with twelve scalps for the campaign.
Stobo has claimed eight scalps at 18.75 equal with Manly-Warringah opening bowler Michael Visser and, the son of former Australian off-spinner Peter Taylor, Northern District’s Charles Taylor.
Like his dad, Taylor also bowls off-spin and has collected eight scalps at 17.38 this season so far. His club hosts Sydney at Mark Taylor Oval in round four.
Blues’ rookie wicketkeeper, batsman Baxter Holt will feature for Eastern Suburbs against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval No. 1, as the hosts seek their first victory of the season over the next two Saturdays.
MCDONALD'S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
10.30am Saturdays 27 October & 3 November 2018.
Bankstown v UNSW at Bankstown Oval.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Nathan McAndrew, Rhys Williams, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Liam Marshall, Nick Carruthers, Bradley Simpson, Matthew Waite, Mitch Brown.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Harry Brook, Joseph Byrnes, Matthew Gilkes, Connor Jackson, Marcus Atallah, Nivek Tanner, Suthangan Thanabalasingam, Hayden McLean, Declan White, Joshua Bennett.
Campbelltown-Camden v Eastern Suburbs at Raby Oval 1.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Mitchell Carruthers, Philip Wells, Jake Cormack, Jaydyn Simmons, Oliver Robinson, Jordan Browne, Luke Webb, Samuel Skelly, Iain Carlisle.
Eastern Suburbs: Angus Robson (c), Timothy Armstrong, Adam Ezekiel, Will Simpson, George Furrer, Harry Dalton, Baxter Holt, Thomas Skelly, Henry Hunt, Aron Nijjar.
Gordon v UTS North Sydney at Chatswood Oval.
Gordon: Steve Colley (c), Axel Cahlin, Cameron Eccles, Harry Evans, Elliot Richtor, Tym Crawford, Glenn Winsor, Max Newman, Alex Patterson, Jack Plom, Matthew Junk, Charlie Stobo.
UTS North Sydney: Thomas Jagot (c), James Crosthwaite, Benjamin Bryant, Adam Crosthwaite, James Aitken, Robert Aitken, Ryan Van Kemenade, Matthew Alexander, James Campbell, Sam Alexander, William Graham.
Mosman v Manly-Warringah at Allan Border Oval.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Anthony Adlam, Danul Dassanayake, Patrick Pisel, Jake Fawcett, Lachlan Hearne, Ashley Doolan, Luke Shelton, Jake Turner, Dean Crawford, Gregory West.
Manly-Warringah: Jay Lenton (c), Ryan Farrell, Logan Weston, Michael Visser, Oliver Davies, Joel Foster, Timothy Doonan, Chris Green, Joseph Graham, Thomas Kaye, Jake Carden.
Northern District v Sydney at Mark Taylor Oval.
Northern District: David Lowery (c), Neil Kimberley, Tom Felton, Daniel Anderson, Nic Badings, John Anderson, Clayton Waters, Matthew Phillips, Charles Taylor, Nathan Smith, Zak Honeybrook.
Sydney: Benjamin Manenti (c), Steve Eskinazi, Ryan Felsch, Beau McClintock, Suffan Hassan, Anthony Mosca, Nicholas Bills, Harry Manenti, Alex Glendenning, Matthew Rodgers, Liam Scott.
Parramatta v Blacktown at Old Kings Oval.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Ben Abbott, Adam Turrell, Luke Dempsey, Trent Crittenden, Liam Lofts, Scott Copperfield, Bradley Taylor, Ben Martin, Jack White.
Blacktown: Jordan Gauci (c), Jaskaran Cheema, Anjan Oberai, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Matthew Day, Daniel Nicotra, Antum Naqvi, James Newton, Mohammad Shinwari, Asfar Riaz, Abdul Hameed Kherkhah.
Penrith v St George at Howell Oval.
Penrith: Ryan Smith (c), Brent Williams, Ryan Gibson, Luke Hodges, Tyran Liddiard, Ryan Hackney, Trent Weir, John DiBartolo, Michael Collins, Cameron Weir, Kaine Balgowan
St George: Nicholas Stapleton (c), Matthew Hopkins, Eric Denhartog, Thomas Ortiz, Peter Francis, Mitchell Gray, Luke Bartier, Adam Whatley, Tom Engelbrecht, Blake Macdonald, Benjamin Hoppitt.
Sutherland v Hawkesbury at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Aiden Bariol, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Jamie Brown, Jayden Brown, Jarryd Biviano, Ben Dwarshuis, Austin Waugh, Tom Pinson, Tom Doyle.
Hawkesbury: Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lawrence, Harrison Ridgewell, Pat Lawrence, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Timothy Wilson, Ryan Mizzi, Chaitnya Sharma, Jake Wholohan.
Sydney University v Fairfield-Liverpool at University Oval.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Ben Trevor-Jones, Damien Mortimer, Hayden Kerr, Nicholas Walker, Nicky Craze, Tim Cummins, Dugald Holloway, Timothy Ley, Joe Kershaw, Devlin Malone.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Raveesh Srivastava, Arjun Nair, Param Uppal, Luke Ohrynowsky, Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Damien Aviet, Ollie Sale, Jeremy Maher, Josh Baraba, Liam Hatcher, Chad Sammut
Western Suburbs v Randwick Petersham at Pratten Park.
Western Suburbs: Jonathan Cook (c), Isaac Taylor, Joel Abraham, Nicholas Cutler, James Psarakis, Adrian Isherwood, Jason Hughes, Samuel McMahon, Tristen Blackledge, Quincy Titterton, Michael Tudehope.