Penrith batsman Cameron Weir posted the highest individual score of any batter across the 10 matches on the first Saturday of round four in McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket last weekend.
Weir belted 180 from 204 balls, including a remarkable 24 fours and five sixes, against St George at Howell Oval. It is his highest score in First Grade for Penrith.
Penrith posted a massive first innings total of 5/420 declared on an utterly dominant day for the hosts. In reply, St George are in dire straits at 5/20 with no batsman yet to reach double figures.
Thomas Ortiz (6 not out) and, leg-spinning allrounder Tom Engelbrecht, yet to get off the mark, are the unbeaten batsmen for the Saints.
Randwick Petersham opening batsman David Warner posted his 10th century in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket and his second of the season at Pratten Park.
Warner scored 157 from 259 balls against Western Suburbs on the first Saturday of the two-day round four fixture. It followed his 155 not out in round one against St George.
Four of the 10 Premier Cricket centuries made by the International opener have exceeded 150.
During his knock, he shared the highest third-wicket partnership of the season thus far with fellow centurion Soumil Chhibber (108). The pair added 205 for the third wicket. Randwick Petersham was 6/316 after 96 overs.
After nine previous half-centuries for Chhibber, he registered his maiden First Grade century against Wests, in his 110th match in Premier Cricket.
On a day of milestones in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, Randwick captain and, wicketkeeper, batter, Anthony Sams (22) also went past 5,000 First Grade runs during the first innings against Wests. His career runs tally currently stands at 5,002 runs at 26.89.
UTS North Sydney batsman Adam Crosthwaite (127) posted his 17th First Grade century against Gordon to take him past 7,000 runs in the top grade.
The former Victorian wicketkeeper, batsman passed the milestone just before he was dismissed. Crosthwaite has now scored 7,006 runs in First Grade at an average of 42.2. North Sydney finished the day at 5/379.
Parramatta paceman Ben Martin claimed his eighth five-wicket haul in First Grade and, passed the marvellous milestone of 300 wickets in Premier Cricket, against Blacktown on Saturday.
Martin claimed 5-41 from 16 overs in a rout for the Parramatta bowling attack at Old Kings Oval. He now has a career tally of 302 scalps at 25.35.
Blacktown was bundled out for 126. In reply, Parramatta have already established a lead. The hosts are 2/183 after 51 overs. Ben Abbott (68) and Will Affleck (50 not out) both made half-centuries for the home side.
Affleck and Trent Crittenden (30 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen for the Two Blues at stumps. NSW Blues’ batsman and, Parramatta captain, Nick Bertus also claimed five dismissals behind the stumps.
Sutherland were also in a commanding position at the end of day one of round four. The men from the Shire dismissed Hawkesbury for 144 at Glenn McGrath Oval.
In response, the hosts are 0/206 thanks to a brilliant unbeaten opening partnership by centurion Jarryd Biviano (114 not out) and captain Chris Williams (79 not out).
Right-arm quick Tom Pinson was the best of the bowlers for Sutherland. He claimed 4-26 from 11 overs.
Steve Smith continued his more than handy form with the ball. He grabbed another three wickets against Hawkesbury and finished the first innings with 3-34 from 14.1 overs. The leg-spinner has claimed six wickets at 17.2 during the season so far.
Promising young batsman Matthew Gilkes scored his second century of the week on Saturday.
The UNSW wicketkeeper, batsman scored 128 from 159 balls against Bankstown to follow up his maiden century in the Toyota Futures League for ACT/NSW Country in its win over Western Australia last week.
UNSW was dismissed for 299 at Bankstown Oval but the visitors made the ideal start with the ball just before stumps. Leading run-scorer in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket heading into round four, Daniel Solway, was dismissed first ball to leave the hosts 1/1 at the close of play.
Mosman left-arm quick Greg West (5-45) joined Martin and fellow paceman Harmon Sandhu (5-46), as the three bowlers to take five-wicket hauls across the 10 matches on Saturday.
West led the Whales’ attack in fine style as Mosman dismissed Manly-Warringah for 159 within 58 overs at Allan Border Oval.
The opening bowler claimed the key scalps of Manly captain and, NSW Blues’ reserve gloveman Jay Lenton (6) and, Sydney Thunder allrounder Chris Green for a duck, among his bag of five wickets.
Mosman are 4/135 in reply with opener Anthony Adlam (51) top scoring for the home side so far. Lachlan Hearne (9 not out) and Nathan Hinton (6 not out) are the two unbeaten batsmen for the Whales at stumps.
Harmon Sandhu, brother of the former NSW Blues’ seamer Gurinder Sandhu, claimed his five wickets against Sydney University.
After the students won the toss and elected to bat, they made 9/295 declared from 90 overs. The students were 5/78 at one stage, but an important century from Ben Trevor-Jones (124) at the top of the list held the innings together.
Fairfield-Liverpool are 0/11 in response with Raveesh Srivistava unbeaten on seven and, Param Uppal, 4 not out.
Campbelltown-Camden opening batsman Aaron Yabsley made a terrific 138 from 217 deliveries for the Ghosts against Eastern Suburbs at Raby Oval No. 1.
He shared a 190-run partnership for the third wicket with Jordan Browne (73). The hosts finished the day at 5/358.
Northern District posted 256 at Mark Taylor Oval against Sydney. The Tigers are 0/31 in reply with Liam Scott (9 not out) and Matthew Rogers (18 not out) unbeaten at stumps.
NSW Premier Cricket:
First Grade – Round 4:
Bankstown 1-1 v UNSW 299 (M Gilkes 128 H McLean 48 not out D White 35 J Byrnes 33 M Atallah 30 L Marshall 3-46 B Taylor 2-48 R Williams 2-61 N McAndrew 2-83) at Bankstown Oval;
Campbelltown-Camden 5-358 (A Yabsley 138 J Browne 73 O Robinson 58 J Cormack 53 not out G Furrer 2-68 A Nijjar 2-70) v Eastern Suburbs at Raby Oval 1;
Gordon v UTS North Sydney 5-379 (A Crosthwaite 127 B Bryant 72 T Jagot 67 J Crosthwaite 48 R Van Kemenade 33 M Junk 3-89) at Chatswood Oval;
Mosman 4-135 (A Adlam 51 S Rodgie 40 P Pisel 27 M Visser 2-40) v Manly-Warringah 159 (R Farrell 62 J Foster 28 L Weston 27 G West 5-45 L Shelton 4-36) at Allan Border Oval;
Northern District 256 (N Smith 63 not out Z Honeybrook 29 D Anderson 28 C Taylor 28 T Felton 23 H Manenti 3-46 B Manenti 3-68 A Glendenning 2-30) v Sydney 0-31 at Mark Taylor Oval;
Parramatta 2-183 (B Abbott 68 W Affleck 50 not out T Crittenden 30 not out) v Blacktown 126 (M Day 32 D Nicotra 27 J Newton 22 not out B Martin 5-41 J White 2-19 S Copperfield 2-39) at Old Kings Oval;
Penrith 5(dec)-420 (C Weir 180 B Williams 90 J DiBartolo 63 T Liddiard 54 not out N Stapleton 3-77 T Ortiz 2-80) v St George 5-20 (R Smith 3-19) at Howell Oval;
Sutherland 0-206 (J Biviano 114 not out C Williams 79 not out) v Hawkesbury 144 (P Forrest 43 D Mckay 22 T Wilson 21 T Pinson 4-26 S Smith 3-34 J Brown 2-40) at Glenn McGrath Oval;
Sydney University 9(dec)-295 (B Trevor-Jones 124 T Cummins 55 D Holloway 48 N Walker 22 H Sandhu 5-46 J Baraba 3-49) v Fairfield-Liverpool 0-11 at University Oval;