Former England One-Day and T20 International seamer Stuart Meaker has claimed the best figures in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season during a comprehensive 75-run first innings win for Eastern Suburbs over Mosman in round seven.
The Eastern Suburbs opening bowler collected four wickets on Saturday to finish with figures of 8-42 from 21 overs. Meaker, 29, played two one-day internationals for England in 2011 and two T20 international fixtures during 2012.
Meaker plays with Surrey in the English County Championships. In 89 first-class matches, he has taken 279 wickets at 31.18, with 11 five-wicket hauls and best figures of 8-52.
In reply to 252 posted by Easts, Mosman resumed on the second Saturday at 4/62 and were bowled out for 177.
Northern District opening bowler Nathan Smith claimed the second-best figures of the season during a topsy turvy match at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Smith returned 7-26 from 14.3 overs in the first innings to race through the Blacktown lower order in the first innings. After the hosts resumed at 4/132, they lost 6/14, five of which were claimed by Smith.
Northern District was then dismissed for 184 in 39 overs with a lead of 149 that Blacktown comfortably chased down. The home side, in the end, claimed an outright victory by six wickets.
Blacktown finished 4/151. Its captain and, Blues rookie batsman, Jordan Gauci, remained unbeaten on 76 from 125 balls in the second innings.
English players enjoyed a successful Saturday to complete round seven. Yorkshire opening batsman Harry Brook resumed his innings on 27 not out for UNSW and finished unbeaten on exactly 100 from 180 balls. It was the maiden century for the 19-year-old in the top grade.
Brook is the leading run-scorer in the Under 21 Poidevin Gray Shield this season. The opener has made 275 runs at 68.75 for the Bumblebees in that competition.
The teenager represented England at the Under 19 World Cup held in New Zealand during January and February. He has made 657 runs in 17 First Class matches including one century during the most recent English County Championships.
UNSW defeated Manly-Warringah by seven wickets on the first innings at Village Green after the hosts resumed the day at 0/54. The win put UNSW to the top of the table one point ahead of Penrith.
Penrith dismissed Sutherland for 263 at Howell Oval to secure first innings points by 53 runs.
Panthers captain Ryan Smith claimed his second five-wicket haul of the season in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket during the victory. He finished with the impressive figures of 5-54 from 24 overs.
Sutherland top-order batsman Jamie Brown (74) top-scored in the loss for the visitors. He shared a 109-run partnership with Sydney Sixers left-arm paceman Ben Dwarshuis (61).
UTS North Sydney batsman Adam Crosthwaite (143 not out) scored a pivotal century for his club as it chased down 381 for first innings points against Sydney.
Crosthwaite combined with fellow centurion, Tom Jagot (125 not out), for a massive 261-run unbeaten stand to guide the Bears home at Drummoyne Oval. It is the highest partnership posted this season across the competition.
Norths finished 3/383 after 92.2 overs in reply to 4/380 declared posted by Sydney.
Crosthwaite hit 24 boundaries during the important knock. It was the fourth century of the season for the former Victorian and South Australian wicketkeeper-batsman.
The 34-year-old became the first batter since the great Australian Test and NSW batsman, Bob Simpson, to score four centuries in one season on three occasions at the top level of Sydney Grade cricket.
Simpson achieved the feat with six centuries in 1967/68, five during 1969/70 and four throughout the 1975/76 season. Crosthwaite scored four centuries previously in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Kazi Szymanski starred with the ball for Fairfield-Liverpool during its outright victory at home against St George. He claimed 6-34 from 10.4 overs in the second innings.
The Saints were dismissed for just 72 in their first innings with Fairfield-Liverpool captain Harmon Sandhu (4-16) returning best figures and keeper Raveesh Srivastrava snared four catches.
Fairfield-Liverpool took a 57-run lead into the second innings and increased the margin to 235 before declaring at 6/178.
St George was then dismissed for 144 with Szymanski skittling the lower order.
NSW Blues batsman and Parramatta captain, Nick Bertus, made an important 119 not out for his club during its four-wicket victory over Western Suburbs at Old Kings Oval.
The unbeaten century was his 10th in the top grade and took Bertus to 701 runs for the season at the outstanding average of 87.62. Parramatta finished 6/308 in response to 307 posted by Wests.
Hawkesbury completed an upset victory over Sydney University, who were the competition leaders heading into round seven.
The students resumed on the second Saturday at 1/7 and, despite a 116-run fifth wicket partnership between Damien Mortimer (74) and Tim Cummins (52), Sydney University was bundled out for 167.
Sydney University lost 6/32 and Northern District claimed first innings points by 146 runs. Opening bowler Chris Lawrence (3-45) and allrounder Josh Clarke (3-10) both collected three scalps for the Hawks.
Randwick Petersham completed a comprehensive outright victory by an innings and 19 runs against Gordon at Chatswood Oval.
The visitors resumed with the score on 249, seven wickets down, and declared at 7/331 with English First Class batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond (88) making the highest score for Randwick Petersham.
Randwick Petersham then dismissed Gordon for 158. Randwick Petersham spinner Riley Ayre finished with six wickets for the match. He claimed 2-10 in the second innings to complement figures of 4-50 in the first.
In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden chased down 311 for the first innings win against hosts, the Bulldogs, at Bankstown Oval.
Bankstown were dismissed for 310 on the first Saturday and Campbelltown-Camden achieved victory in the 85th over.
Campbelltown-Camden captain Philip Wells top-scored with 70 from 113 balls. The Ghosts finished 6/313.
NSW Premier Cricket: First Grade: Round 7:
Campbelltown-Camden 6-313 (P Wells 70 J Simmons 58no J Browne 54 J Cormack 39 C Dummer 35 B Taylor 2-74) bt Bankstown 310 (D Solway 146 M Brown 37 B Smith 34 N McAndrew 32 P Dignam 24 L Courtney 5-32 J Browne 3-107) at Bankstown Oval,
Blacktown 147 (J Gauci 57 D Kant 33 M Day 32 N Smith 7-26 C Wright 2-48) and 4-151 (J Gauci 76no T Flynn-Duncombe 34 A Oberai 24) bt Northern District 112 (C Waters 40 J Anderson 21 M Day 4-22 S Irshad 4-44 G Hara 2-22) and 184 (B Davis 56 D Lowery 41 C Waters 27 Z Honeybrook 23 D Anderson 22 A Kherkhah 3-38 S Irshad 3-51) outright at Joe McAleer Reserve,
Fairfield-Liverpool 129 (R Srivastava 47 J Maher 36 P Francis 5-28 T Ortiz 4-31) and 6(dec)-178 (R Srivastava 53 P Uppal 38 L Ohrynowsky 30 A Nair 22 N Stapleton 2-41) bt St George 72 (N Stapleton 23 H Sandhu 4-16 A Nair 2-8 C Sammut 2-25) and 144 (N Stapleton 50 M Hopkins 33 J Rose 27 K Szymanski 6-34 L Hatcher 2-23 P Uppal 2-43) outright at Rosedale Oval,
Randwick Petersham 7(dec)-331 (D Bell-Drummond 88 D Warner 73 D Singh 62no R Ayre 51no S Chhibber 21 A Patterson 2-76 S O'Brien 2-83) bt Gordon 154 (T Crawford 55 C Eccles 34 S O'Brien 24 R Ayre 4-50 A Semple 3-27 D Singh 2-34) and 158 (H Evans 48 M Newman 37 R Ayre 2-10 D Bell-Drummond 2-12 A Semple 2-27 J Hemphrey 2-34) outright at Chatswood Oval,
Hawkesbury 313 (P Forrest 164no D Mckay 27 J Wholohan 26 R Mizzi 25no N Radhakrishnan 25 J Kershaw 3-63 L Robertson 2-26 D Holloway 2-62) bt Sydney University 167 (D Mortimer 74 T Cummins 52 D Holloway 29 J Clarke 3-10 C Lawrence 3-45 A Van Den Nieuwboer 2-28 P Lawrence 2-36) at Owen Earle Oval,
Eastern Suburbs 252 (B Holt 60 A Robson 59 G Clarence 37 H Dalton 27 L Shelton 4-59 J Thompson 3-36 J Park 3-67) bt Mosman 177 (N Hinton 64 J Thompson 49no D Crawford 26 S Meaker 8-42 G Furrer 2-52) at Allan Border Oval,
Parramatta 6-308 (N Bertus 119no B Cherry 67 A Turrell 43 B Abbott 31 M Tudehope 3-64 J Cook 2-95) bt Western Suburbs 307 (J Cook 54 T Burt 46 J Abraham 42 S Croft 36no M Tudehope 32 Q Titterton 30 J Psarakis 28 J White 4-61 S Copperfield 3-67 B Martin 2-82) at Old Kings Oval,
Penrith 316 (T Liddiard 95 M Collins 60 R Hackney 49 R Smith 27 P Saroukos 3-9 F Parker 2-36 T Pinson 2-51 J Brown 2-65) bt Sutherland 263 (J Brown 74 B Dwarshuis 61 C Williams 31 S Smith 28 R Smith 5-54 C Withers 2-45 L Hodges 2-80) at Howell Oval,
UTS North Sydney 3-383 (A Crosthwaite 143no T Jagot 125no J Avendano 69 J Crosthwaite 33 N Sowter 2-71) bt Sydney 4(dec)-380 (M Rodgers 126 S Eskinazi 89 Z Crawley 76no A Mosca 67 J Campbell 2-69 R Aitken 2-109) at Drummoyne Oval,
UNSW 3-184 (H Brook 100no J Byrnes 37 M Gilkes 30 R Hadley 2-27) bt Manly-Warringah 182 (J Foster 61 J Lenton 48 D White 5-41 S Thanabalasingam 2-28) at Village Green.