Parramatta captain Nick Bertus and Sydney University leg-spinner Devlin Malone continued their fantastic form in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
On a rain interrupted first Saturday of the round eight two-day fixtures, Bertus made a vital 101 for Parramatta against Randwick Petersham, while Malone claimed his third five-wicket haul of the season. He collected 5-55 against Mosman.
Malone also claimed his 150th First Grade wicket at University Oval. The 20-year-old reached the milestone at the outstanding average of 21.45.
Bertus single-handedly kept Parramatta in the contest at Petersham Oval. The next best score was just 14. The visitors finished 7/159 before rain intervened.
English top-order batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond (3-19) claimed best figures for Randwick Petersham.
It was the third century of the season for Bertus and 11th of his Premier Cricket career.
The knock took the Blues batsman to 802 runs for the season to date at the remarkable average of 89.11. Bertus hit 15 fours during his 179 balls at the crease.
Malone was key for Sydney University on Saturday. His eighth career five-wicket haul helped the students dismiss Mosman for 209, and in reply, the hosts are 0/36.
Ryan McElduff (21 not out) and Ben Trevor-Jones (10 not out) are the two unbeaten batsmen in the centre for Sydney University.
Luke Hodges was another bowler to take five wickets on Saturday. The Penrith spinner claimed 5-23 from 21 overs in an excellent bowling display by the Panthers at Pratten Park.
Western Suburbs was dismissed for 151 in 68 overs by Penrith. In reply, the away side is 0/7.
It was the first five-wicket haul of the season across all formats for Hodges. He has 26 wickets for the campaign.
Leg-spinner Nathan Baker also claimed five wickets for Campbelltown-Camden on Saturday, but it was Hawkesbury who had the overall better start at Owen Earle Oval.
Baker returned 5-84 from 22 overs against the Hawks. In the only match to complete the 96 overs on the first Saturday of round eight, Hawkesbury posted 9/359.
Former Blues batsman and Hawkesbury captain, Peter Forrest, continued his solid form for the Hawks.
He made 72 from 149 balls to follow his magnificent 164 not out in a 146-run first innings win over Sydney University last round. Forrest was one of four batsmen to pass fifty for Hawkesbury including opener Tim Wilson (68).
Wilson shared a 103-run partnership with Dale McKay (57) for the second wicket.
Gordon also appears to be on its way to a big total against Sydney at Chatswood Oval. After the home side were sent in by the Tigers, the Stags made 3/178 before the rain arrived.
Gordon captain Steve Colley top-scored with 84 from 160 balls. He shared a 145-run third-wicket stand with not out batsman Harry Evans, who remains unbeaten on 80.
Blues allrounder Param Uppal contributed a vital 66 at No. 3 for Fairfield-Liverpool against UNSW at Rosedale Oval. The 20-year-old was the only player to pass 50 for the hosts in a total of 7/193 from 78 overs bowled.
Opening bowler Declan White (3-23) claimed best figures for the table-topping UNSW.
Blues speedster Harry Conway returned the impressive figures of 3-20 from 11 overs on a good opening day for Eastern Suburbs against UTS North Sydney at Waverley Oval.
Norths were 6/162 at stumps. Adam Crosthwaite is an important wicket for Easts next Saturday after the top-order batsman finished the day 62 not out.
In other matches, Bankstown are 4/66 against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve. Nick Carruthers is 34 not out for the visitors.
After Sutherland sent St George in to bat at Hurstville Oval, the hosts were 3/64 before rain halted play on the first Saturday of the Norm O’Neill Cup.
Northern District are 1/9 after 6.4 overs against Manly-Warringah at Mark Taylor Oval.
McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket:
First Grade – Round 8:
Bankstown 4-66 (N Carruthers 34no M Waite 23 G Hara 2-11 S Irshad 2-23) v Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve,
UTS North Sydney 6-162 (A Crosthwaite 62no J Crosthwaite 34 T Jagot 22 H Conway 3-20) v Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval,
Fairfield-Liverpool 7-193 (P Uppal 66 W Delpechitra 42 Z Johns 35no D White 3-23 J Bennett 2-35) v UNSW at Rosedale Oval,
Gordon 3-178 (S Colley 84 H Evans 80no N Bills 2-46) v Sydney at Chatswood Oval,
Hawkesbury 9-359 (P Forrest 72 T Wilson 68 D Mckay 57 R Mizzi 57 K Gordon 32 J Wholohan 29 N Baker 5-84 L Webb 2-94) v Campbelltown-Camden at Owen Earle Oval,
Northern District 1-9 v Manly-Warringah at Mark Taylor Oval,
Parramatta 7-159 (N Bertus 101 D Bell-Drummond 3-19 D Singh 2-24) v Randwick Petersham at Petersham Oval,
St George 3-64 (N Stapleton 30 M Gray 22no T Pinson 2-18) v Sutherland at Hurstville Oval,
Mosman 209 (A Doolan 49 D Crawford 36 A Adlam 33 J Fawcett 25 D Malone 5-55 D Holloway 2-52) v Sydney University 0-36 (R McElduff 21no) at University Oval,
Western Suburbs 151 (J Psarakis 49 I Taylor 28 J Hughes 25no L Hodges 5-23 R Smith 3-52) v Penrith 0-7 at Pratten Park.
All matches interrupted by rain.