Christmas came early for Third Grade batsmen Matthew Moran (Sydney University) and Nicholas Taylor (Eastern Suburbs) in round eight of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
Moran smashed his way to an unbeaten 181 to set Mosman 254 runs for victory.
Unfortunately, Moran’s spectacular display of batting was brought undone by Mosman’s Manish Malhotra (120 not out) who scored a run-a-ball century of his own to guide his side to victory by six wickets.
Eastern Suburbs also weren’t able to convert Taylor’s 163 into six competition points. Easts scored 6 (dec) 292 on the back of the opening batsman’s flawless innings, however, their bowlers fell agonisingly short against a defiant UTS North Sydney batting line up who hung on for a draw with one wicket in hand.
Sutherland’ Joel Almond was the pick of the bowlers in the final game before the mid-season break.
The third-grade bowler single-handily dismantled St George’s batting line up taking 7-18 from his 13.4 over spell to dismiss the home side for just 75.
Sutherland’s batsmen then piled on the misery for St George as Kieran Medway (113 not out) and Will Vandermaal (100 not out) scored twin centuries in a 186-run partnership to declare on 2-268.
Sutherland’s pursuit for an outright victory fell away in the 39th over after having taken four wickets.
Sydney Cricket Club second batsman Liam Gibson continues to pile on the runs scoring his second century of the season.
Gibson’s 122 at the top of the order guided his team to 9-302 in the first innings of the match.
A spirited century from Gordon middle order batsman Nick Miller 111 was almost enough to snatch victory from Sydney, but it wasn’t to be with Gordon eventually being bowled out 17 runs short of victory.
Three bowlers on round eight’s honour boards claimed more than five wickets in an innings heading into the Christmas break.
Parramatta’s Hayden Goulstone claimed 6-23 in third grade against Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval.
Parramatta completed the first innings win before Goulstone claimed another two scalps in the second innings to finish with eight for the match.
Campbelltown-Camden fifth-grade captain Mick Brown led from the front with a terrific spell of seam bowling. The opening bowler took 6-25 from 25.1 overs to successfully defend his team’s first innings total and win by 63 runs.
Mosman fourth-grade bowler Harshith Urs rounds out our bowling performances of the round with figures of 6-68 against Sydney University, helping his side secure a 73-run win.
The lower grades will return to action this Saturday in round nine of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition which will consist of one-day fixtures beginning at 10.00am.