Sydney opening batsman Ryan Felsch has made the second highest score in the history of the Sydney Premier Cricket T20 competition during the opening two rounds of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday.
Felsch pummelled 127 from a mere 59 balls during one of the two wins for the defending champions against UNSW at Drummoyne Oval. He reached his century from just 47 balls.
Since the T20 competition started in 2008/09, only North Sydney wicketkeeper batsman James Crosthwaite has a higher score. He made 139 not out when playing for Manly-Warringah in 2016/17.
Felsch hit 10 boundaries and nine sixes during his fantastic knock.
Sydney convincingly defeated both UNSW and Eastern Suburbs to start its title defence in ideal style. The Tigers overcame the students by 75 runs on Sunday morning and followed that with another comprehensive 81-run victory against Easts.
The two victories put the Tigers at the top of the Sydney Sixers conference after two rounds. Sydney opening bowler Alex Glendenning collected five wickets across both matches to be the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far. His best figures are 3-17 against Easts.
Randwick Petersham opener David Warner brought up a significant milestone in his Premier Cricket career during his club’s double header at Coogee Oval.
He passed 4,000 First Grade runs to move to 4,012 runs at 44.58. He made two lightning quick scores in each match for Randwick Petersham on Sunday.
Warner scored 63 from 32 balls in his side’s Super Over win against Mosman after each team tied on 169 from their 20 overs. He followed that with 54 from 48 in an unsuccessful chase against Gordon.
Blues’ seamer Charlie Stobo claimed the good figures of 3-24 from four overs in the 25-run win for Gordon.
Mosman captain Scott Rodgie continued his terrific form in the shorter format. The leading run-scorer during the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup last season made a crucial 88 not out from 60 balls to force the match against Randwick Petersham into a super over.
Despite a narrow eight-run loss for his side to Parramatta, Hawkesbury batsman Dale McKay almost became the second centurion on Sunday.
He plundered 96 not out from 53 balls including 11 boundaries and two sixes. Jake Wholohan was also good with the ball for the Hawks in the loss at Old Kings Oval. He claimed 4-31.
In the other match at Old Kings Oval, Penrith defeated Parramatta by a solitary run to take local bragging rights. Trent Weir (4-19) and Brisbane Heat left-arm quick Josh Lalor (3-21) were crucial to the victory for the Panthers.
Blues’ batsman Ryan Gibson also made a solid 50 from 37 deliveries at the top of the order for Penrith in the win. Fellow Blues’ top-order batter Nick Bertus also made 44 not out from 48 balls for Parramatta.
Penrith are yet to lose a match in either McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket or the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup thus far this season.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Chris Green was a stand-out performer for Manly-Warringah in its double header at Manly Oval.
Green was arguably the player of the match in a losing side against Sutherland at Manly Oval.
He collected 2-16 and scored 72 not out from 44 balls in the four-wicket loss to the men from the Shire. Sutherland captain and Blues’ quick, Ben Dwarshuis (42 not out), Steve Smith (40) and Sydney Thunder Shane Watson (33) all made good contributions in the win for the visitors.
Green followed his excellent performance against Sutherland with another polished display in the second match for Manly on Sunday. He made 61 not out from 48 balls in the five-wicket win over UTS North Sydney.
Manly-Warringah captain and Blues’ reserve gloveman Jay Lenton (62) was also key in the win.
Captain of the victorious NSW side at the 2018 Male National Indigenous Championships, Nathan Price, was a star performer for Newcastle against Greater Illawarra at North Dalton Park.
He made 75 from 40 balls with bat in hand and collected the excellent figures of 4-16 from just three overs in a commanding eight-wicket win for the Novocastrians on the South Coast.
St George defeated Greater Illawarra by four wickets in the other match at North Dalton Park on Sunday.
Former Australian Test opener and prolific run-scorer for the Blues, Ed Cowan, also showed his ability in the shorter format for Sydney University, who won both of its matches in the Sydney Thunder conference.
Cowan smashed 69 from 36 balls and cleared the boundary on six occasions in an emphatic 79-run win over ACT. Sydney University defeated Western Suburbs by seven wickets in the earlier match at University Oval.
Sydney University was joined by Campbelltown-Camden and Bankstown as the two other teams at the top of the table in the Thunder conference with two wins.
Campbelltown-Camden followed its six-wicket victory over Central Coast in round one with another authoritative win by five wickets over Northern District.
Northern District was bowled out for only 62 within 16 overs and the Ghosts sealed victory in the 13th over of the chase.
Bankstown made it two from two at home in their double header against Fairfield-Liverpool and Blacktown.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Nathan McAndrew (68 not out) was key to the first of those victories against Fairfield-Liverpool to guide Bankstown home with six wickets to spare.
NSW Metro batsman Daniel Solway (78) was the star in the second win of the day for Bankstown against Blacktown by 22 runs.
NSW Premier Cricket: Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
Sydney Sixers Conference:
St George 6-119 (N Stapleton 52 T Engelbrecht 29 M Watterson 3-18) bt Greater Illawarra 6-118 (K White 35 R Maguire 32no T Engelbrecht 3-8) at North Dalton Park, Wollongong;
Sutherland 6-189 (B Dwarshuis 42no S Smith 40 S Watson 33 A Waugh 32 C Green 2-16 M Visser 2-26) bt Manly-Warringah 4-188 (C Green 72no A Beadle 46 L Weston 30 J Lenton 26 S Smith 2-31) at Manly Oval;
Randwick Petersham 7-169 (D Warner 63 D Sams 29 S Chhibber 25 R Ayre 22 J Turner 3-29 S Rodgie 2-29) bt Mosman 4-169 (S Rodgie 88no L Hearne 54 D Singh 2-21) on Super Over (Randwick Petersham 0-9 bt Mosman 2-5) at Coogee Oval:
Sydney 6-217 (R Felsch 127 S Eskinazi 28no B Manenti 22 H Brook 2-16) bt UNSW 9-142 (S Thanabalasingam 43 H Brook 24 H McLean 20 B Manenti 3-20 B Mitchell 2-19 A Glendenning 2-27) at Drummoyne Oval.
Sydney Thunder Conference:
Bankstown 4-162 (N McAndrew 68no B Smith 30 M Waite 26) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 7-161 (R Srivastava 45 P Uppal 33 H Sandhu 28no W Delpechitra 23 M Brown 2-31) at Bankstown Oval;
Campbelltown-Camden 4-61 (A Yabsley 21no C Archer 2-12) bt Central Coast 59 (N Baker 3-1 J Burke 2-9 L Webb 2-13) at Raby 1;
Penrith 7-127 (R Gibson 50 C Weir 29 J DiBartolo 24 T Crittenden 3-19 O Simonsen 2-23) bt Parramatta 8-126 (N Bertus 44no L Dempsey 35 T Weir 4-19 J Lalor 3-21) at Old Kings Oval;
Sydney University 3-159 (H Kerr 70 N Walker 68no Q Titterton 2-32) bt Western Suburbs 4-158 (T Burt 82no J Psarakis 47 D Holloway 2-22 B Joy 2-22) at University Oval.
Newcastle 2-135 (N Price 75 N Watkins 36no) bt Greater Illawarra 8-134 (K Gray 42 T Laws 31 K White 30 N Price 4-16) at North Dalton Park, Wollongong;
Manly-Warringah 5-163 (J Lenton 62 C Green 61no M Alexander 2-27) bt UTS North Sydney 8-160 (J Crosthwaite 58 R Van Kemenade 40no A Crosthwaite 31 E Herd 2-5 M Visser 2-35) at Manly Oval;
Gordon 7-159 (S O'Brien 55no A Cahlin 37 M Jenkins 2-24 D Sams 2-31 A Semple 2-38) bt Randwick Petersham 6-134 (D Warner 54 C Stobo 3-24 G Winsor 2-20) at Coogee Oval;
Sydney 3-193 (A Mosca 84 B Manenti 56 S Eskinazi 42no) bt Eastern Suburbs 112 (T Armstrong 34 A Robson 22 A Glendenning 3-17 H Manenti 2-20 B Mitchell 2-27) at Drummoyne Oval.
Bankstown 7-165 (D Solway 78 B Smith 35 M Waite 24 A Naqvi 3-26 S Irshad 2-33) bt Blacktown 143 (T Flynn-Duncombe 29 D Nicotra 25 B Taylor 2-20 L Marshall 2-24 A Bird 2-32) at Bankstown Oval;
Campbelltown-Camden 5-63 (O Robinson 24 N Smith 2-11 T Felton 2-17) bt Northern District 62 (C Waters 24 T Sangha 3-8 S Skelly 3-9 L Courtney 2-17) at Raby 1;
Parramatta 9-176 (L Dempsey 51 B Abbott 35 N Bertus 22 J Wholohan 4-31) bt Hawkesbury 6-168 (D Mckay 96no T Wilson 41 K Gordon 20 S Cassel 3-33) at Old Kings Oval;
Sydney University 3-207 (E Cowan 69 L Robertson 49no H Kerr 40 T Cummins 23no N Walker 21 S Devoy 2-37) bt ACT 128 (D Bloomfield 29no J Rogers 28 J Dean 25 J Kershaw 3-28 D Holloway 2-15 D Malone 2-30) at University Oval.