Former NSW Blues batsman Peter Forrest has made his first century in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket since returning from the Queensland Bulls, where he spent seven seasons.
The former Australia One-Day International batsman played a vital captain’s knock for Hawkesbury on the first Saturday of its two-day round seven match at home to Sydney University. Forrest remained unbeaten on 164 from 224 balls against the ladder leaders.
The next top score for Hawkesbury was Dale McKay (27) in a total of 313 for the hosts.
It was the sixth century for Forrest in NSW Premier Cricket and his highest score in the top grade. The innings also took him past 4,000 First Grade runs.
Forrest has now tallied 4,145 runs at 35.73 throughout his Premier Cricket career to date. He shared a 160-run fifth-wicket partnership with Jake Wholohan (26) for Hawkesbury. Sydney University are 1/7, in reply, at Owen Earle Oval.
NSW Metro top order batsman in the Toyota Futures League, Daniel Solway, was another centurion on Saturday. He posted 146 from 275 balls for Bankstown in a total of 310 at home to Campbelltown-Camden.
It was the third century of the season for Solway and took him past 500 runs. The prolific run-scorer now has 578 runs for the 2018/19 campaign at 64.22.
Luke Courtney claimed his maiden five-wicket haul for Campbelltown-Camden in First Grade at Bankstown Oval. He collected 5/32 from 11.4 overs.
Courtney was one of three bowlers to collect five wickets on the first Saturday of round seven.
Peter Francis claimed 5-28 for St George and cleaned up the tail against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.
In his 100th First Grade match, opening bowler Thomas Ortiz (4-31) did the damage in the top order. He snared the first four wickets to fall for the home side, who were dismissed for 129. St George keeper Jonathan Rose claimed four catches.
Fairfield-Liverpool was in significant trouble at 4/26 but recovered and, in response, the visitors are deeper in the mire.
They finished the day 9/72 with only two St George batsmen passing double figures including captain Nick Stapleton (23).
Brother of former Blues seamer Gurinder Sandhu, Fairfield-Liverpool captain Harmon Sandhu, has collected three of the St George wickets to fall.
In concert with his opening bowling partner, Blues rookie left-arm quick, Chad Sammut (2-25), Sandhu returned the miserly figures of 3-16 from 16 overs. Sydney Thunder allrounder Arjun Nair also picked up 2-8.
UNSW opening bowler Declan White was the other player to claim five wickets on Saturday. He returned 5-41 from 17 overs on a successful first day for the Bumblebees at the Village Green.
The hosts bowled out Manly-Warringah for 182 in 80 overs. NSW Metro Under 19 allrounder Joel Foster made a solid 61 from 154 deliveries for the visitors, who won the toss and elected to bat.
In response, UNSW are 0/54. Harry Brook (27 not out) and Joseph Byrnes (26 not out) are the two unbeaten batsmen at stumps for the Bees.
After passing the fifty mark three times this season, Sydney opening batsman Matthew Rodgers converted on a good start against UTS North Sydney to post his first century of the campaign.
The opener made 126 from 153 balls including 18 fours during over four hours in the middle. His fellow Sydney batsmen also cashed in at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday.
The century to Rodgers was complemented by Stephen Eskinazi (89), Zak Crawley (76 not out) and top order batsman Anthony Mosca (67). Sydney finished the day at 4/380.
Rodgers and Mosca posted 174 for the second wicket followed by a 142-run stand for the fourth wicket between Eskinazi and Crawley.
Captain of the Sydney Thunder Male Indigenous team, Tyran Liddiard (95), made his third score in the nineties in just 11 First Grade innings at Howell Oval.
Unfortunately, the Penrith wicketkeeper, batsman could not break through for his maiden century in Premier Cricket but produced an important knock for his club against Sutherland.
The fourth-placed Penrith posted 316 on the first Saturday of the two-day fixture. Liddiard shared a 128-run seventh wicket partnership with Michael Collins (60).
In reply, the men from the Shire, who sit in sixth place, are 0/20 with Sutherland captain Chris Williams and Jarryd Biviano at the crease, both eight not out.
Like Ortiz, Gordon allrounder Tym Crawford also started his 100th match in solid fashion with a half-century against Randwick Petersham. He made 55 from as many balls and was the only batter to pass fifty for the Stags at Chatswood Oval.
It was a less than ideal day for Gordon after it won the toss and elected to bat, bowled out for 154.
Riley Ayre (4-50) returned best figures for Randwick Petersham and captain, Anthony Sams, also had a successful day behind the stumps. He claimed four catches.
In reply, Randwick Petersham wasted no time in establishing a lead. The visitors were 7/249 after 50 overs at the close of play.
David Warner (73) and English batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond (88) both found the boundary at regular intervals to help Randwick Petersham to a 95-run lead by stumps.
During his 92 balls, Bell Drummond found the boundary rope at 10 times and cleared it twice. Warner hit 11 fours and one six throughout his 86 deliveries in the centre.
Eastern Suburbs was dismissed for 252 against Mosman at Allan Border Oval, but the Whales are in trouble in response at 4/62.
Luke Shelton claimed his second bag of four wickets for the season in a solid bowling performance by Mosman. He picked up 4-59 from 20 overs.
Blues rookie wicketkeeper, batsman Baxter Holt (60) was one of two batters to pass fifty for Easts. Angus Robson (59) was the other.
In reply, Easts opening bowler Stuart Meaker (4-21) tore through the Mosman top order. Opener Nathan Hinton (26 not out) and Dean Crawford (18 not out) are the unbeaten batsmen.
Blacktown dismissed Northern District for the low total of 112 at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Matt Day (4-22) and Salman Irshad (4-44) led the way with ball in hand for Blacktown. In reply, the hosts have already passed the Northern District total.
Blacktown are 4/132 with captain Jordan Gauci (51 not out) and, NSW Metro Under 17 wicketkeeper, batsman, Dhruv Kant (33 not out), the two unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
In other matches, Western Suburbs made a good start against Parramatta at Old Kings Oval. The visitors made 9/292 on the first Saturday with captain Jonathan Cook leading the way with bat in hand.
Cook scored 54 from 113 balls at No. 7 for Wests. Pacemen Jack White (3-59) and Scott Copperfield (3-67) both were good with the ball for Parramatta.