NSW Blues skipper Peter Nevill has made his first century in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season for his club, Eastern Suburbs, during round six against Penrith on Saturday.
Nevill made 111 from 225 balls to steer Easts to a three-wicket first innings victory over Penrith at Waverley Oval, in a timely innings before the Blues round five JLT Sheffield Shield fixture against Western Australia, at the new Perth Stadium starting on Tuesday.
The former Australia Test wicketkeeper-batsman hit 13 boundaries during his century. It was his second time past fifty in his last two matches in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition and the 11th First Grade century for Nevill.
Eastern Suburbs finished at 7/298 in pursuit of 296 to take first innings points. Nevill shared a 138-run sixth wicket partnership with former England Test opening batsman Sam Robson (68). Blues rookie wicketkeeper-batter Baxter Holt also made 61 not out from as many balls.
Despite his team’s loss, Penrith fast bowler Ryan Smith passed the tremendous milestone of 300 First Grade wickets with his figures of 2-72.
Nevill was not the only member of the Blues Sheffield Shield squad now in Perth to score runs on Saturday in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Eighteen-year-old allrounder Jack Edwards fell just three runs shy of his maiden First Grade century for Manly-Warringah during its six-wicket first innings win against Fairfield-Liverpool.
The teenager hit eight boundaries and two sixes during his 146 balls at the crease. Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton also made 47 not out from 101 balls.
Edwards made his maiden First Class and Sheffield Shield century during the Blues drawn match against Tasmania three weeks ago at the SCG.
Manly-Warringah completed the win in the 62nd over of their first innings. It was 4/186 in reply to 185 posted by Fairfield-Liverpool.
Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins claimed his third five-wicket haul for the season for Sutherland during its 95-run first innings win over Sydney at Glenn McGrath Oval. He collected 5-80 from 25 overs.
Sutherland was bowled out for 321 on Saturday after it resumed at 7/285 and, in reply, Sydney was dismissed for 226.
Sydney allrounder Ryan Felsch claimed two of the last three Sutherland wickets to join Fallins with a five-wicket haul during the fixture. He claimed 5-76 from 19.2 overs.
Opening batsman Matthew Rodgers top-scored for the visitors with 59.
Super star International batsman Steve Smith claimed 1-68 for Sutherland with the ball. He took his season’s tally to 10 scalps.
Sydney Sixers batsman and UTS North Sydney captain, Justin Avendano made his first century in Premier Cricket this season.
The hard-hitting top order batsman hit 141 from 167 balls in his side’s comfortable first innings win over Mosman. North Sydney finished at 9/372 in response to 193 posted by the Whales.
Avendano smashed 23 boundaries and two sixes during the knock. The experienced Adam Crosthwaite (62) also passed fifty for Norths.
Bankstown batsman Matthew Waite made his first century in Premier Cricket to help his side’s first innings defeat of Western Suburbs at Pratten Park. He made 106 from 206 deliveries including 10 boundaries and three sixes.
He added 141 for the sixth wicket in partnership with captain Michael Stretton (68 not out). Top order batsman Nick Carruthers also made 73 for Bankstown.
Bankstown declared at 6/308 on the second Saturday with a lead of 137. In reply, Western Suburbs was 2/75 at stumps. Opening batsman Joel Abraham remained unbeaten on 50 from 65 balls.
Northern District captain Ben Davis (103 not out) made his eighth First Grade century in his sides’ first innings win over Parramatta. Seamer Sean Abbott claimed 2-53 for the visitors, at Mark Taylor Oval, before heading to Perth with the Blues.
The home side finished at 8/205 after Parramatta was dismissed for 179 the previous week.
St George pushed for outright victory after it declared at 3/284 on the second Saturday, but was defied by Blacktown, who finished 4/153 at stumps.
Saints opener Mitchell Gray resumed on 27 not out and also made his maiden First Grade century on Saturday. He made 100 from 180 deliveries.
Together with Matthew Hopkins (79), Gray provided a solid base for St George in its first innings with bat in hand at Hurstville Oval. The pair posted an opening partnership of 193.
Blues allrounder Moises Henriques remained unbeaten on 39 not out from 34 delveries.
In pursuit of the outright victory, NSW seamer Trent Copeland (2-22) had the visitors in early trouble, when he picked up both Blacktown openers cheaply, including Blues rookie and, captain of the visitors, Jordan Gauci (7).
Blacktown was 2/7, but recovered largely thanks to Matthew Day, who scored 86 not out from 72 balls.
Gordon completed a comprehensive 102-run first innings victory against Campbelltown-Camden.
Newcastle product and ACT/NSW Country Under 19 quick, Glenn Winsor, collected best figures for Gordon. He claimed 4-50.
The visitors bowled out Campbelltown-Camden for 177 in defence of 279. Gordon wicketkeeper Max Newman collected four catches behind the stumps and assisted with one run out.
Randwick Petersham fell 42 runs short of the Hawkesbury first innings total of 6/377 declared. The hosts finished the second Saturday 8/335 to ensure the draw.
Riley Ayre (87) top-scored for Randwick Petersham. Nineteen-year-old Blues batsman Jason Sangha, who recently scored his maiden Sheffield Shield century alongside Jack Edwards against Tasmania, made 43.
Powerful opening batsman David Warner scored 35 from 49 balls for Randwick Petersham.
In other matches, Sydney University drew with UNSW in the battle for bragging rights between the students at University Oval.
UNSW was 8/324 in reply to 3/348 declared posted by Sydney University.
NSW Premier Cricket:
Round 6 - First Grade:
Gordon 279 (C Eccles 102 S Colley 54 T Crawford 37 G Winsor 25 M Junk 23no T Sangha 5-79 L Webb 3-56 I Carlisle 2-49) bt Campbelltown-Camden 177 (L Webb 49 T Sangha 24no J Burke 22 G Winsor 4-50 T Crawford 2-33 C Stobo 2-53) at Raby Oval 1,
Eastern Suburbs 7-298 (P Nevill 111 S Robson 68 B Holt 61no R Lilburne 35 M Collins 3-79 L Hodges 2-49 R Smith 2-72) bt Penrith 295 (B Williams 74 R Hackney 68 J DiBartolo 45 T Liddiard 43 G Furrer 3-34 T Yazdani 2-42 J Preddey 2-57 R Lilburne 2-63) at Waverley Oval,
Manly-Warringah 4-186 (J Edwards 97 J Lenton 47no R Farrell 34 H Sandhu 2-35) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 185 (J Cashman 67 J Maher 25 A Deitz 23 Y Sharma 22 J Foster 4-29 S O'Keefe 4-45) at Manly Oval,
UTS North Sydney 9-372 (J Avendano 141 A Crosthwaite 62 O Knight 33 B Bryant 30 R Aitken 26 M Alexander 24no J Crosthwaite 23 J Thompson 3-103 A Adlam 2-20 D Crawford 2-33 L Shelton 2-102) bt Mosman 193 (J Fawcett 48 P Pisel 44 L Hearne 32 S Rodgie 27 J Campbell 5-59 R Aitken 2-21 M Alexander 2-23) at North Sydney Oval,
Northern District 8-205 (B Davis 103no N Badings 48 Z Honeybrook 23 L Lofts 2-41 S Copperfield 2-47 S Abbott 2-53) bt Parramatta 179 (T Crittenden 46 A Talwar 45 N Smith 2-22 D Lowery 2-26 C Taylor 2-33) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Randwick Petersham 8-335 (R Ayre 87 A Kemp 46 J Sangha 43 A Semple 40no D Warner 35 S Eaton 23 A Sams 20 N Radhakrishnan 2-51 J Wholohan 2-74 A Van Den Nieuwboer 2-89) drew Hawkesbury 6(dec)-377 (D Mckay 147 J Clarke 76 K Gordon 60 R Mizzi 40 N Radhakrishnan 23no D Warner 2-48 D Singh 2-56) at Petersham Oval,
St George 3(dec)-284 (M Gray 100 M Hopkins 79 M Henriques 39no K Patterson 28 A Naqvi 2-57) bt Blacktown 238 (A Oberai 104 J Newton 33 T Flynn-Duncombe 32 M Day 25 T Engelbrecht 4-52 E Denhartog 2-30) and 4-153 (M Day 86no T Flynn-Duncombe 31 T Copeland 2-22) at Hurstville Oval,
Sutherland 321 (T Doyle 129 C Williams 82 S Smith 27 A Bariol 22 R Felsch 5-76 H Manenti 2-32 N Bills 2-83) bt Sydney 226 (M Rodgers 59 N Bills 48no D Smith 25 B McClintock 21 D Fallins 5-80 J Brown 2-10 T Pinson 2-65) at Glenn McGrath Oval,
Sydney University 3(dec)-348 (D Mortimer 143 B Trevor-Jones 87 H Kerr 64no L Robertson 44no) drew UNSW 8-324 (T Islam 84 M Atallah 60 J Byrnes 58 S Thanabalasingam 30 H McLean 23no B Joy 3-53 D Malone 2-79) at University Oval,
Bankstown 6(dec)-308 (M Waite 106 N Carruthers 73 M Stretton 68no D Solway 27 B Smith 20 J Cook 2-99) bt Western Suburbs 171 (J Abraham 46 A Isherwood 46 B Taylor 4-57 R Williams 2-19 M Waite 2-26) and 2-75 (J Abraham 50no) at Pratten Park.