Parramatta’s Abhishek Talwar fell agonisingly short of a double century to kick off the lower grade highlights for round four of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
The second-grade opening batsman was run out for a remarkable 196 as Parramatta posted an imposing total of 7-397 against Blacktown.
Blacktown put up their own impressive batting display with wicket-keeper batsman Dhruv Kant scoring an unbeaten 161 to salvage a draw for his side.
Mosman fifth-grade bowler Om Prakash was the shining light with the ball in round four.
Prakash ran riot through Manly-Warringah’s batting order picking up an unbelievable 5-7 from nine overs to dismiss Manly for just 21.
After securing first innings points, Mosman declared with a 147 run lead, which gave Prakash another chance to work his magic. He went on to better his first innings performance claiming 7-25 from 33 overs including 22 maidens to finish with 12 wickets for the match and also secured an outright win for his team.
Fifth-grade produced an incredibly high scoring match between Sydney Cricket Club and Northern District where four batsmen reached the 100 run milestone.
Zachary Jelbart (127) and Henry Chapman (104) both scored centuries in Northern District total of 5-322 only for Sydney to successfully complete the run chase in 70 overs on the back of twin centuries to Sandeep Josh (117) and Lachlan Ball (148 not out).
Sydney University batsman Ryan Danne also piled on the runs in his second-grade match against Fairfield-Liverpool. In pursuit of 300 Ryan Danne (141) and Steven Hobson (104) combined for a 248 run opening stand which helped set up a convincing seven-wicket victory for the students.
Sutherland’s Ethan Deal was the other batsman to score an impressive hundred in round four scoring 136 at the top of the order in his side’s win over Hawkesbury in third-grade.
Along with Om Prakash Blacktown’s Matt Brinnand also took seven wickets in an innings in his third-grade match against Parramatta. Brinnand took 7-45 to bowl out Parramatta for 198 and claim victory by 83 runs.
Randwick-Petersham third grade captain led from the front with the ball for his side collecting 6-22 against Western Suburbs to bowl them out for 77 and secure first innings points as a result.
Fifth-grade bowler Jake Di Tommaso also joined his fellow clubman Brinnand on the round four honour boards.
Di Tommaso collected figures of 6-81 against Parramatta only to be outshone by Parramatta’s Blair Overton who took a memorable hat-trick to lead his side to victory by 114 runs.
Round five of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition will return to the limited-overs format with play beginning at 10.00am on Saturday for all grades.